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Free Flu Shots for Newark Residents

The City of Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness is offering FREE flu shots to Newark residents on: October 14th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents), 110 William Street October 15th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents and City employees), 920 Broad Street (basement Rotunda) October 16th from 10am-3pm, Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center,

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The City of Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness is offering FREE flu shots to Newark residents on:

October 14th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents), 110 William Street

October 15th from 9am-3pm (Newark residents and City employees), 920 Broad Street (basement Rotunda)

October 16th from 10am-3pm, Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, 394 University Avenue

October 17th from 9am-3pm, North Ward Center, 346 Mt. Prospect Avenue

For questions or more information call 973-733-5310 or visit the City web site: http://www.ci.newark.nj.us/events/

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La Casa Centers Closed on Monday, October 13th

All La Casa de Don Pedro centers will be closed Monday, October 13th for Columbus Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, October 14th

7th Annual “Latino Family Festival” Celebrates Latino Culture and Contributions to Newark

Residents of Greater Newark and surrounding communities celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 5th at Newark’s 7th Annual Festival de la Familia – Latino Family Festival on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro, the City of Newark and the County of Essex, the

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Residents of Greater Newark and surrounding communities celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 5th at Newark’s 7th Annual Festival de la Familia – Latino Family Festival on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro, the City of Newark and the County of Essex, the lively event was jam packed with live music, entertainment, food, art, fitness activities, health screenings, cultural exhibitions and more.

La Casa de Don Pedro served as the community organizer with support from the City of Newark, more than 40 community organizations and service providers, and dozens of volunteers who provided activities and information for families.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the festival’s staff and volunteers were dressed in pink shirts and St. Michael’s Medical Center shared information about breast cancer awareness and registered guests for free breast and prostate cancer screenings.

DJ Gabe served as the event deejay. Local dance troupes, ItsJustUs and Dynamic Dynasty kicked off the entertainment with a breakdancing routine followed by the always colorful FANAD Peru Intiraymi – Peruvian Dance Group. Lambda Upsilon Lambda – Rated L Step Team showcased their stepping moves while La Casa’s Family Success Center Zumba participants brought high energy with their Zumba renditions. Newark native JayFlow the Truth sent a positive message with his rap performance while Plena Dulce took center stage of the food court area with their traditional bomba y plena music.

Dominación Típico stepped up the tempo with their merengue típico followed by Samba Novo Company whose dancers donned extravagant costumes and capoeira performers who delivered an engaging show.  La 95 closed the event with salsa that brought people in the stage area on their feet.

For the second year, the festival hosted the city’s only weekend farmer’s market with participation from Jersey Buzz and Vacchiano Farms. Guests enjoyed healthy food cooking demonstrations and samplings of chicken tacos over tortillas by Nelson Mejia, Head Chef of La Casa’s La Olla Kitchen.

The event included a Celebrity Dunk Tank featuring Deputy Mayor Luis Lopez, John Gonzalez, Vice Principal of Newark Leadership Academy, Kyle Screen, Aide to Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, as well as leadership from La Casa de Don Pedro.

Present were Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships, Luis Lopez, Newark City Councilman-At-Large Carlos Gonzalez, Newark City Councilman-At-Large Luis Quintana, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos and Senator Teresa Ruiz.  La Casa’s Executive Director Raymond Ocasio expressed words of appreciation and acknowledged La Casa’s presence in helping meet the needs of the community over its 42 year history.

Children enjoyed activities such as face painting, arts & crafts, wacky hair spraying, Zumba, musical chairs, a dunk tank, an obstacle course and more organized by La Casa de Don Pedro.  FOCUS provided a bouncy house and the line of children waiting to enter was steady throughout the day.  The Newark Museum’s Generation Fit exhibit offered a variety of fitness and learning activities such as jump rope, telescope, ball exercises, and nutrition education.

Other community partners providing activities and sharing information included: ALPFA Rutgers-Newark, American Red Cross – North Jersey Region, Aspira Inc., Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Bessie Mae Women  & Family Health Center, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Blanco’s Barber & Beauty Academy, Bloomfield College, CarePoint Health, CarePoint Health Research Institute, Citibank, Collective Entrepreneurs Organization, Essex County College, FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecommunications Company, Jersey City Community Development, Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, La Asociación De Barranquitenos de NJ, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellbeing,, Newark Fire Department, Newark Museum, New Jersey Citizen Action , Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark Community Solutions, Newark Museum, Newark Science & Sustainability Inc., NJPAC, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Operation Hope,  Peace Corps, Peruvian Civic Association of Newark, Popular Community Bank,  Rising Tide Capital, Rutgers University Admissions Office, Safelink Wireless, Santander Bank, St. Lucy’s Church,  St. Michael’s Medical Center, TD Bank, UnitedHealthcare, U.S. Army, Valley National Bank, Wanted Designs and Wight Foundation.

La Casa staff,  ALPFA-Rutger’s Newark, People’s Prep Charter School, Office of Consulado General de Colombia, Lower Broadway Merchants, North 13th Street Multicultural Club and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association served as event volunteers.

Jersey Dairy, Pitcher’s Bakery, and Driscoll Food donated breakfast for volunteers and Las Delicias Restaurant (located at 42 Broadway) & El Criollo Restaurant (located at 99 Broadway) donated lunch.

Festival de la Familia Latina was made possible by support from sponsors: Gold: Chase, PSE&G and Wells Fargo; Bronze: CarePoint Health and TD Bank, and Friend: Santander Bank. Other event supporters were: Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, Popular Community Bank, Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Bloomfield College, ConnectOne Bank, Essex County College, IDT Corporation, UnitedHealthcare, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Quick Quality Restaurants, and Valley National Bank.

Photos can be viewed HERE.

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City of Newark Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With 7th Annual Latino Family Festival

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships Luis Lopez, and La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio, announced today that the City of Newark will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 5th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.,

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships Luis Lopez, and La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio, announced today that the City of Newark will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 5th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., by co-hosting the 7th Annual “Festival de la Familia Latina” (Latino Family Festival) with La Casa de Don Pedro. The festival will be held on Broadway between Bloomfield Place and Broad Street, on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the annual festival celebrates Latino arts and culture with a wide array of fun family-oriented activities, and information from key community stakeholders in government, non-profit, and community organizations.

“Festival de la Familia Latina is Newark’s great annual festival celebrating the rich and diverse heritage of our Latino community, and how it contributes to creating a Newark we can all believe in. As Mayor of Newark, I salute the leadership of La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio and the entire Festival de La Familia Latina team for their commitment to this annual event and urge all residents to join in celebrating our City’s rich Latino heritage,” said Mayor Baraka.

This year’s festival will offer a variety of activities including free health screenings, arts and crafts, inflatable bouncers, Zumba, dunk tank and an obstacle course. The event will offer the area’s only farmer’s market open on a weekend – by Vacchiano Farms as well as healthy food demonstrations and tastings.

Hispanic cultural performances and music include: salsa by La 95, capoeira by Samba Novo Company, traditional Peruvian dance, bomba y plena by Plena Dulce, merengue tipico by Dominación Tipico, Dynamic Dynasty, DJ Gabe and more!

“Now in our 7th year, we are thrilled to continue to provide to Newark a day that celebrates Hispanic culture that reflects the City’s vibrant communities. We welcome everyone, no matter one’s background to learn, enjoy, and experience the sounds, flavors, and colors of Hispanic heritage in the Lower Broadway community this Sunday,” said Raymond Ocasio. “As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are also pleased that St. Michael’s Hospital will be present to enroll people in breast cancer and prostate cancer screenings. Cancer impacts all of us, including our own colleagues at La Casa.”

Community partners including Newark Museum, NJPAC, Newark YMCA, FOCUS, Essex County College, Rising Tide Capital, and many more, will host information tables, health screenings, and provide free activities for families. The Newark Museum’s Generation Fit exhibit will present demonstrations and activities emphasizing nutrition and exercise, while La Casa de Don Pedro will provide face painting, wacky hair spraying, “ginormous” musical chairs, among other family friendly activities.

For more information about Festival de la Familia Latina, including the day’s line-up of performances, visit www.festivalfamilialatina.com.

Festival de la Familia Latina is made possible by support from the event sponsors: Gold Sponsors: Chase, PSE&G and Wells Fargo; Bronze Sponsors: CarePoint Health and TD Bank, and Friend Sponsor: Santander Bank. Other event supporters include: Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, Popular Community Bank, Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Bloomfield College, Essex County College, IDT Corporation, UnitedHealthcare, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Quick Quality Restaurants, and Valley National Bank.

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2nd Annual Burgers & Brew Fundraiser a Success

La Casa’s 2nd Annual Burgers and Brew fundraiser, held on Thursday, September 4th at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange was by all accounts a success.  Over 150 guests enjoyed live music by The Nick Pablo Thang, a glassmaking demonstration from community partner GlassRoots, a Zumba flash mob presented by La

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La Casa’s 2nd Annual Burgers and Brew fundraiser, held on Thursday, September 4th at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange was by all accounts a success.  Over 150 guests enjoyed live music by The Nick Pablo Thang, a glassmaking demonstration from community partner GlassRoots, a Zumba flash mob presented by La Casa’s Family Success Center participants, and unlimited burgers and seasonal brew all alongside a bonfire overlooking the beautiful Orange Reservoir in Essex County’s South Mountain Reservation.

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Board President Richard Roper, Board Vice-President Rita Robles and Executive Director Raymond Ocasio highlighted La Casa’s work and introduced the organization’s new campaign “Ask Me Why I Love La Casa.”

Also presenting that evening was GlassRoots Executive Director Barbara Heisler who recognized the value of the collaboration and shared information about the organization’s new scientific glass blowing program. GlassRoots is a Newark-based arts education nonprofit with a mission to transform the lives of underserved young people by introducing them to the wonder of glassmaking.

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Board President Richard Roper, Board Vice-President Rita Robles and Executive Director Raymond Ocasio each made brief presentations highlighting La Casa’s work and introduced the organization’s new campaign “Ask Me Why I Love La Casa.” Also present was GlassRoots Executive Director Barbara Heisler, who spoke about the mission of the organization to transform the lives of underserved young people by introducing them to the wonder of glassmaking.

Burgers and Brew would not have been possible without the support of the event sponsors: Gold Sponsors: Chase, PSE&G and Wells Fargo; Bronze Sponsor: Prudential Financial Inc.; Friend Sponsors McCarter & English; McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC; Popular Community Bank; Santander Bank; and WithumSmith+Brown. Other event supporters include: Citi Community Development, EVCO Mechanical, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, LPL Financial, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, C+C Architecture, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, RayZo Marketing, Inc., and Security On Point.

To view a selection of event photos please visit:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/lacasadedonpedro/sets/72157647415236242/.

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Dad & I First Day Back to School

La Casa is encouraging all dad’s to make a difference in your child’s life and take them to school on the first day. For more information please contact Ms. Lopez at 973-482-9002.

La Casa Centers Closed Monday, September 1st

All La Casa centers will be CLOSED on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day. We will resume regular hours, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Municipal, Budget & Education Town Hall Meeting

Newark residents are encouraged to participate in the Municipal, Budget & Education town hall meeting taking place tonight at Shiloh Baptist Church, 107 Davenport Street.

To RSVP contact 973-733-6706 or townhalls@ci.newark.nj.us.

La Casa to Host 2nd Annual Burgers & Brew Event

La Casa de Don Pedro, a 42 year old Newark based-community based social service and community development organization, will host “Burgers and Brew,” an end of summer celebration, on Thursday, September 4th from 6:00 – 8:30pm at McLoone’s Boathouse, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ. The casual fundraiser promises to

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La Casa de Don Pedro, a 42 year old Newark based-community based social service and community development organization, will host “Burgers and Brew,” an end of summer celebration, on Thursday, September 4th from 6:00 – 8:30pm at McLoone’s Boathouse, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ.

The casual fundraiser promises to be an enjoyable evening with live music by The Nick Pablo Thang and unlimited burgers and drinks (vegetarian and non-alcoholic options available) beside a bonfire overlooking the beautiful Orange Reservoir in Essex County South Mountain Reservation.

The event is being held in partnership with GlassRoots, a Newark-based arts education nonprofit with a mission to transform lives, especially underserved youth, by fostering life-long learning and creative self-expression through the wonder of glassmaking.  GlassRoots will also exhibit a glassmaking demonstration and have their glassware for sale.

La Casa de Don Pedro will donate a portion of the event proceeds to GlassRoots.

Advance tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online at: http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/burgers-brew/.

Burgers and Brew would not be possible without the support of the event sponsors: Gold Sponsors Chase, PSE&G and Wells Fargo, Bronze Sponsor Prudential Financial Inc., Friend Sponsors McCarter & English, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC, Popular Community Bank, Santander Bank and WithumSmith+Brown. Other event supporters include: Citi Community Development, EVCO Mechanical, Atlantic Federal Credit Union, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, C+C Architecture, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, RayZo Marketing, Inc., and Security On Point.

To learn more visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/burgers-and-brew/ or call 973.482.8312.

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Family Soccer Day

Join our Family Success Center for a free Family Soccer Day today at Branch Brook Park from 4pm-6pm. For more information please call Ms. Lopez or Ms. Francisco at 973-482-9002.

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