Archive for the ‘Su Vida’ Category

AAWL Bark Break

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Take a break from your busy day. Come out and join Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) at their monthly Bark Break event. People can pet several dogs, play with adorable puppies, and even snag a few kitten kisses. It’s a great way to unwind and recharge – especially if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Take a breather! Come out during your lunch break and say hi to these delightful furry little friends from AAWL. Revitalize by hanging with these loveable puppies at Bark Break.

It’s a proven fact that puppy kisses make everything better!

Grab lunch from one of the food trucks, listen to live music, enjoy games and several Arizona local vendors. Bark Break is held the second Wednesday of each month. It’s part of Downtown Phoenix’s Wednesday Wind Up Series held at Civic Space Park. For more information, please click here.

Spare Parts

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

JR and Vanessa walk the red carpet at the premier of the movie Spare Parts, from Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, Arizona. Spare Parts is the story of the Carl Hayden robotics teams victory over MIT in a NASA sponsored competition. JR and Vanessa meet and greet celebrities from the movie including George Lopez, Carlos and Alexa PenaVega and many more — including the original Carl Hayden Students that beat the odds.

They also visit the build room for the Westwood robotics team. In 2014, the Westwood High School team made it all the way to the World Championship under the direction of some very dedicated mentors. Check out their story.

For younger kids, a story about the Lego League, where elementary students compete with Logo robots.

Plus, a visit to last year’s Jazz Festival with music and interviews in this Mega 104.3 FM Musica segment.

Spare Parts Story

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Meet the stars of the Spare Parts movie starring George Lopez and the actual Carl Hayden students who beat MIT in a national robotics competition. If you can dream it, you can build it. Interviews with George Lopez, David del Rio, Carlos and Alex PanVega, and director Sean McNamara. JR and Vanessa speak with Luis Aranda and Christian Arcega, who are two of the actual students that the movie is based on. Dr. Allan Cameron and Fredie Lajvardi, educators from Carl Hayden are also interviewed.

Westwood Robotics

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Tom and Mary Saxon speak to us about the rebirth of the Mesa Westwood High School robotics team and their upcoming competition. Sponsored in part by Cox, the team will build a robot and compete in local and regional competitions in 2015. In 2014, the team won the regional competition in Las Vegas and competed in the national tournament.

For more information, please visit www.westwoodrobotics.org

Jazz Festival

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

JR interviews stars backstage, talking about jazz and R&B music. Interviews with musicians, Mindy Abair and Chrisette Michele, and Heath McCarter from BTW Concerts.

Musica on Su Vida is powered by Mega 104.3 FM and The Beat 101.1 FM.

Lego League

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Students and their coach from the Hope Christian Academy speak about their Eagle Bots Lego League, as well as their current and future plans. Coach, Tambra Stuber, tells us what they are doing and why this is important for gaining STEM skills and interest for students, and how this can lead to further STEM competitions in High School.

Making a Difference

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Vanessa and JR want you to take a hike! 

This week Vanessa and JR are at the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. An interview with Michael Nolan, Executive Director of McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, shares that the preserve has over 30,000 acres and 47 square miles, making it the largest city owned urban preserve in the United States. With only five full time staff, Nolan credits the 600 volunteers who have given 47,000 hours of their time to make the park a wonderful experience for visitors. Find out how you can become involved. While Vanessa and JR explore the beautiful setting of the preserve they will salute and recognize people and organizations who strive to make life better for others. 

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona is one of those organizations. UCP serves children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities by offering numerous programs. CEO, Armando Contreras is looking forward to the upcoming fundraising event, Fun Run Walk & Roll, on Sunday March 29, at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ. The event benefits the 4,000 children and adults served annually by UCP. Contreras invites families and community leaders to participate in the event. He hopes that families with children and adults with disabilities will take part in the activities. 

Back at the preserve, interviewing Christine Kovach, JR finds out that the Kovach Family Nature Trail, is an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) fully accessible trail and can be enjoyed by all levels of hiking ability. Kovach says people on the barrier free trail can experience nature surrounded by the desert. The official opening of the Kovach Family Nature Trail will be March 28, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead. Visit the website for more information, http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/home

A look at the Latino Veterans Festival gives a salute to Silvestre S. Herrera Sr.; the first Arizonan to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Silvestre Herrera Jr., shares how his father made the choice to serve his country and go beyond the call of duty during World War II. Herrera’s service was a benefit for all. 

The next organization makes a difference by providing tools and skills for self-sufficiency. Inspiring positive change is a goal of Valle del Sol Leadership. Angela Flores, Director of Leadership Programs explains how the program offers training for Latino professionals. However, many from diverse backgrounds come through the program. All who serve within the Latino Community are encouraged to participate in the program. Flores urges professionals to be involved in the community at all levels. 

Students making their way through college can be overwhelmed by all of the information they have to sort out. The next service making a difference for people is a program helping students and their families make informed choices about college and the courses to take. For students and advisorsaztransfer.com is a valuable tool. From a student perspective aztransfer.com helps students understand the transfer process. Not only what courses to take, but what questions to ask when seeing an advisor. Students credit the site as helping them save time and money by avoiding taking courses that will not transfer to the university. Whether it is Arizona State UniversityUniversity of Arizona, or Northern Arizona University, aztransfer.com is a great resource for students, their families and academic advisors. 

As their exploration of the preserve comes to a close Vanessa and JR congratulate Chicanos Por La Causa on their 46th Anniversary and the Legacy of Achievement honorees; Congressman Ed pastor, Civil Rights Activist Delores Huerta, and Music Legend Chapito Chavarria. The event will be held at the Arizona Biltmore on April 16, 2015. Contact CPLC for more information.

AZTransfer

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by xmlrpc

For students and advisors aztransfer.com is a valuable tool.  For students it is a tool they can use throughout their college programs.  For advisors it is an instrument to guide students to a university suited to their academic pursuits.

Sarah White, Transfer Admissions Counselor for University of Arizona, explains the value of the Course Equivalency Guide in helping students make informed decisions about the courses they are required to take.

Kathy Yeager, Director of Transfer Admission Counselors at Arizona State University, describes aztransfer.com as an uncomplicated way for students to see how community college courses will transfer to the three state universities.    

From a student perspective aztransfer.com helps students understand the transfer process.  Not only what courses to take, but what questions to ask when seeing an advisor.  Students credit the site as helping them save time and money by avoiding courses that will not transfer to the university.  It is beneficial in helping students see which of Arizona’s universities will be the best school to continue their education after they finish at the community college. 

For Saif Al-Alawi, Academic Advisor at Glendale Community College, linking the community colleges throughout Arizona to Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University is a great resource for students, their families and academic advisors.

The take away is – whether a first time college student or someone returning to finish a degree, aztransfer.com is indispensable for planning and preparation.

Leadership Institute

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Inspiring positive change is the goal of Valle del Sol Leadership Institute. Angela Flores, Director of Leadership Programs explains the programs offered for working professionals. A full portfolio of leadership programs is offered; business ethics, media relations and communications, team building, consensus building and more.

While the program offers training for Latino professionals many from diverse backgrounds come through the program.  All who serve within the Latino Community are encouraged to participate. Flores urges professionals to be involved in community at all levels.

Making an impact in a community is vital for positive change.

CPLC 46th Anniversary

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Vanessa and JR congratulate Chicanos Por La Causa on their 46th Anniversary and the Legacy of Achievement honorees; Congressman Ed pastor, Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta, and Music Legend Chapito Chavarria. The event will be held at the Arizona Biltmore on April 16, 2015. Contact CPLC for more information.

Latino Veterans Festival

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

A proud son, Silvestre Herrera Jr, shares his father’s story from World War II and what it meant to his father to fight for his country. Silvestre S. Herrera, Sr. was born in Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico and came to America when he was 18 months old.  Growing up in America this was his country.  When he was drafted in the U.S. Army he was given the choice of going back to Mexico or serving in the military. He made the choice to serve his country.

Herrera Jr., relates that his father lost his legs in France during World War II. After stepping on a land mine and severely injuring his feet and lower legs he continued to fight on his knees capturing the enemy and providing fire cover for his comrades.  He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman. To read more about his story visit Home of Heroes and click on Profiles in Courage.

For Silvestre Herrera Sr., his valor beyond the call of duty was a testimony to his feelings of what a privilege it was to be an American. His son echoes his sentiment.

United Cerebral Palsy

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Bringing hope and change to children, adults and families of those with disabilities is something Armando Contreras, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, credits his committed staff with.

UCP serves children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, developmental delay and learning disability. The services include: Early Learning Center, After School Program, Adult Program, Early Intervention, Home and Community Based Services, and others.

Contreras is looking forward to the upcoming fundraising event, Fun Run Walk & Roll, on Sunday March 29, at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ. The event benefits the 4,000 children and adults served annually by UCP. Contreras invites families and community leaders to participate in the event. He hopes that families with children and adults with disabilities will take part in the activities.

The Fun Run Walk & Roll Event is one way to support UCP.  Volunteering your time and donating your resources and talents are other ways to support UCP.  Contreras invites you to tour the Laura Dozer Center to see first-hand how UCP is helping those with disabilities live lives without limits.