South El Monte, CA:
Project Amiga is holding its Midsummer Night Concert & Awards Reception,
Thursday, July 23 at Luminarias Restaurant (3500 Ramona Blvd.) in Monterey
Park, CA. The event, which begins
at 5:30 p.m., includes dinner, silent auction and entertainment featuring
special guest comedian Rudy Moreno.
Highlight of the evening will be the awards presentation to several individuals in recognition of their outstanding work in the community that benefits low-income, at-risk youth, adults and their families.
Honorees include Dr. Monte Perez, Moreno Valley College Campus President (Education Award); Jorge Corralejo, Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles Founder (Corporate Advocacy Award); Dolores Huerta, United Farm Workers of America co-founder (Community Inspiration Award) and Rosina Valencia, La Mascota Bakery Co-owner (Business Award).
Rudy Moreno, a Los Angeles native, grew up in the Lincoln Heights area on the
eastside. Early in his career, Moreno was asked by producer Jeff Valdez to
on TVs Comedy Compadres and since then has appeared on over 35 TV shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond and the highly acclaimed mini-series KingPin for which he received rave reviews. The multi-talented performer, who was named 1998-99 Latino Comedian of the Year, has recorded his comedy CD No Looking Back on the Uproar Label. He is currently producing and performing comedy shows around the country.
Revenue from the event will enable Project Amiga to expand current programs and resources received through government programs, private and public foundations and the private sector. Specifically, proceeds will benefit Project Amiga’s Youth/Adult Reliance & Job Connection Program and Gang Reduction Program, bringing economic opportunities to low-income, at risk youth, adults and their families.
Project Amiga is a nonprofit 501(c) 3; community-based organization founded in 1989 whose mission is empowerment through education and training. For over 18 years, Project Amiga has successfully provided bilingual (English/Spanish) services to more than 8,000 male and female youth and adult residents annually throughout the City and County of Los Angeles communities. Project Amiga's emphasis is keeping youth in school and Corporate America working by providing families with the education, training and support services they need to find employment and retain employment to achieve a better quality of life.
For more information or to purchase tickets, advertisements and sponsorships please contact Project Amiga at (626) 401-1395 or visit its website at www.projectamiga.org.
TUCSON, AZ: Just got back from our annual trek to Tucson and Las Vegas. I was accompanied by my sister and three of my grandchildren, the youngest, six (his first trip), his sister, 11 and my other grandson who turned 18 this year.
Going to Tucson is a true adventure for the kiddies. They love visiting their aunt Cathy who takes them on adventures. When she takes them to the grocery store, they don’t travel by car or walk on the sidewalks…they take a shortcut, traipsing along the riverbed behind the shopping mall, turning over rocks with long sticks and watching the lizards scamper up the ravine or under the tumbleweeds. Sometimes they bounce along in her big white truck as she drives to the scrap yard to sell stuff she’s picked up here and there. Some mornings they’ll get up at dawn and accompany her to her gardening jobs where they help her dig, rake and trim trees for which she compensates them with a few dollars that they have fun spending at the 99 Cent store.
There are some pretty interesting places to visit in Tucson that has been home to some famous people who have either been born there or at one time, lived there. Among them, astronaut Frank Borman, author Ray Bradbury, playwright Erskine Caldwell, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, musician John Denver, actress Barbara Eden, the father of Chicano music Lalo Guerrero, actors Greg Kinnear and Lee Marvin, singer Linda Ronstadt, comedian-actor Garry Shandling, and actor Harrison Ford.
In Las Vegas we enjoyed the Disney presentation of The Lion King at the Mandalay Bay. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring the music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, this Broadway award-winning musical is a spectacular must-see for all ages.
Already seen by more than 45 million people worldwide, this breathtaking, magical experience features unique costuming and life-size puppets that are as human as the humans controlling them. My six-year-old grandson found it so fascinating, he insisted on getting the CD which he played all the way back to L. A.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: My daughter has a friend named Sunshine, who has a sister named Happy, who has a brother named Sky and I have a sister with a terrible memory who keeps calling her, Sunset to which Sunshine suggested that perhaps it would be easier to remember her middle name: Rainbow.
These days, giving children unusual names is nothing new. Parents will often make up names to ensure that their child will not have a common name. When he got married, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa combined his then wife’s last name with his for their surname.
Based on Social Security card application data for the past 100 years, people pretty much gave their children fairly common names. During this period, the most common name for girls was Emily, which ranked number one for 12 years. Mary held the number one spot from 1953 to 1961 and from 1902 to 1946. Ruth dominated fifth place from 1910 to 1922. Linda scored in all five rankings during that period, dominating first place from 1947 to 1952.
In 1909, the top five names for girls: Mary (#1), Helen (#2), Margaret (#3), Ruth (#4) and Dorothy (#5). In 2008, Emma was ranked number one, Isabella, number two, Emily, number three, Madison, number four and Ava, number five. In the same year, names for boys included John (#1), William (#2), James (#3), George (#4) and Robert (#5).
The top five names for boys in 2008: Jacob (#1), Michael (#2) Ethan (#3), Joshua (#4) and Daniel (#5). Other favorites included Christopher, jumping from number two from 1997 to 1994 to number 5 from 1998 to 2001. Matthew ranked number two from 1981 to 1994 dropping down to number four between 2002 and 2005. Richard ranked number five from 1930 to 1947; Robert, number five from 1959 to 1971.
Although the name Jacob occupied first place in the 2000s, the popularity of names changed. The following include ranking from a list of 1,000 most popular names compiled from Social Security data.
For males: Jose (#30), Gabriel (#31), Juan (#56), Luis (#57), Lucas (#63), Carlos (#68) Jesus (#71), Diego (76), Xavier (#82), Dominic (#91), Antonio (#92), Miguel (#94) Brayden (#95), Alejandro (#97), Jesse (#99), Tristan (#100), Jorge (#121), Oscar (#122), Eduardo (#129), Edward (#130), Dakota (#137), Ricardo (144), Javier (#163), Giovanni (#174), Johnathan (#182), Malachi (#190), Sergio (192), Marco (#194), Leonardo (#198). Derik came in at 1000.
For females: Emily (#1), Madison (#2), Emma (#3), Olivia (#5), Sarah (#12), Alyssa (#13), Jessica (#44), Mackenzie (#45), Faith (#52), Gabrielle (#57), Zoe (#58), Trinity (#59), Mary (61), Sara (69), Angelina (#74), Sofia (#77), Maya (#79), Brooklyn (#98), Marissa (#99), Jacqueline (#100), Gabriela (#115), Christina (#118), Kennedy (#122), Angel (#130), Cheyenne (#136), Alicia (#140), Jasmin (#195). Anahi came in at 1000.
Naming children after cities has also become a popular practice. Among the top baby names for 2008: Females: Alexandria (VA), 189; Aurora (Illinois), 288. Males: Boston (Mass.), 563; Chandler (AZ), 457; Memphis (Tenn.), 688 and Houston (TX), 880.
So, what does all this signify? Nothing just thought it was interesting. If you disagree, blame it on Sunshine.
NEXT POST: Sooner than later. Stay tuned.