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La Casa Early Childhood Center Featured on Univision

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Early Childhood Center at 202 First Street was featured for a special back to school segment on Univision. The feature focused in the importance of literacy in early childhood education and how parents engage in literacy activities with their children. CLICK HERE to view the

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La Casa de Don Pedro’s Early Childhood Center at 202 First Street was featured for a special back to school segment on Univision. The feature focused in the importance of literacy in early childhood education and how parents engage in literacy activities with their children. CLICK HERE to view the segment.

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La Casa Busca Tu Talento. Audiciones ultimas este Miercoles, 19 de Agosto.

La Division de Juventud, Familia y Salud de La Casa de don Pedro ubicada en Newark, Nj está buscando cualquier tipo de talento para su evento anual NLAAD 2015 el sabado, el 17 de octubre. Habrá tres grandes premios, para el 1er lugar US$1,000, 2do lugar US$500 y para el

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La Division de Juventud, Familia y Salud de La Casa de don Pedro ubicada en Newark, Nj está buscando cualquier tipo de talento para su evento anual NLAAD 2015 el sabado, el 17 de octubre. Habrá tres grandes premios, para el 1er lugar US$1,000, 2do lugar US$500 y para el 3er lugar US$250. para participar tienes que ir a la audición que se celebrará el Miercoles 19 de Agosto en La Casa de Don Pedro ubicada en 282 1ra Avenida, Newark, 12noon hasta 3pm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabY0rzCdEA&feature=youtu.be

La Casa de Don Pedro’s Division of Youth, Family, & Health Services, is seeking people with all types of talent for the annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, October 17th. There will be three grand prizes.  First place $1,000.  Second Place: $500, and third place, $250.  To participate you must audition onWednesday, August 19th at 282 First Avenue. Auditions are from 12noon to 3pm.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabY0rzCdEA&feature=youtu.be

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8th Annual Festival de la Familia Brings Community Together for Carnival Themed Celebration

Basking in the heat of the hottest day this summer, Greater Newark residents enjoyed a fun filled day on Sunday, July 19th at Newark’s 8th Annual Festival de la Familia on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro and the City of Newark, the carnival

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Basking in the heat of the hottest day this summer, Greater Newark residents enjoyed a fun filled day on Sunday, July 19th at Newark’s 8th Annual Festival de la Familia on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro and the City of Newark, the carnival themed event was jam packed with games and rides, live music, art, food, fitness activities, cultural exhibitions and more.

The stage showcased an exciting line up of performers including event deejay DJ Lady C, who also hosted an entertaining children’s dance contest. Popular magician, “The Great Scott,” amazed the crowd with his tricks and magic show. Before taking the stage, Plena Dulce paraded down Broadway with their traditional bomba y plena music and African drumming and dancing by the Yahaye Kamate Drummers closed the event.

Present were Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement, Jacqueline Quiles, and Central Ward Councilwoman, Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins.

Guests sampled gazpacho and bruschetta by Nelson Mejia, Head Chef of La Casa’s La Olla Kitchen. Food items were generously donated by Whole Foods Market in Morristown, NJ.

Families enjoyed many activities such as face painting, arts & crafts, wacky hair spraying, pie-eating contests, three-legged races, a dunk tank, an obstacle course and more organized by La Casa.  Community partner, Meadowlink/EZRide, hosted a bike rodeo and The New Jersey Trauma Unit at University Hospital held a bike helmet giveaway.

Other community partners included: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Essex, Union, and Hudson Counties, Bloomfield College,  City of Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness, Family Service Bureau of Newark, Foundation of Light, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Ironbound Community Corporation,  Just One Soccer, La Asociación De Barranquitenos de NJ, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association, Mi Casa Tu Casa, New Jersey Citizen Action, Newark Fire Department, Newark Museum, NJPAC, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Peruvian Civic Association of Newark, Popular Community Bank,  Program for Parents, Rising Tide Capital, Rutgers Center for Women & Work: Working Families Program, SPAN, St. Lucy’s Church,  St. Michael’s Medical Center, TD Bank, The Waterfront, UnitedHealthcare, Valley National Bank.

La Casa staff, Lower Broadway Merchants and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association all supported by serving as event volunteers.

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

Festival de la Familia was made possible by generous sponsors: Gold: PSE&G and Bronze: TD Bank. Other event supporters included: CarePoint Health, Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Popular Community Bank, Bloomfield College, UnitedHealthCare, North Jersey Federal Credit Union and Valley National Bank.

Photos can be viewed HERE.

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La Casa & The City of Newark to Host 8th Annual Festival de la Familia

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Quiles and La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Newark’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host the 8th Annual Festival de la Familia, Sunday, July 19th from 12:00 pm – 4:00pm on Broadway between

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Quiles and La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Newark’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host the 8th Annual Festival de la Familia, Sunday, July 19th from 12:00 pm – 4:00pm on Broadway between Bloomfield Place and Broad Street, on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor.

This year’s carnival theme will offer a variety of free carnival rides and games for kids of all ages.

Other family-friendly activities include Zumba, inflatable bouncy houses, arts & crafts, food tastings and more. Key community stakeholders, non-profit and community organizations will provide free health screenings, resources and other information.

Entertainment includes: live music by DJ Lady C, cultural performances with bomba y plena by Plena Dulce, African drumming by the Yahaye Kamate Drummers and a magic show by popular magician “The Great Scott.”

Community partners including the Newark Museum, NJPAC, and many more, will provide free activities for families. The New Jersey Trauma Center at Rutgers University will offer a bike helmet giveaway; Meadowlink/EZRIDE will host a bike rodeo, while La Casa will provide face painting, wacky hair spraying and a pie eating contest, among other family friendly activities.

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

Festival de la Familia is made possible by support from the event sponsors: Gold Sponsors: PSE&G and Bronze Sponsor: TD Bank. Other event supporters include: CarePoint Health, Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Popular Community Bank, Bloomfield College, UnitedHealthCare, North Jersey Federal Credit Union and Valley National Bank.

 

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La Casa Centers Closed in Observance of July 4th

All La Casa de Don Pedro centers will be closed Friday, July 3rd  in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open Monday, July 6, 2015 at 9am.

Support La Casa’s End of the Fiscal Year Fundraiser TODAY

La Casa de Don Pedro’s End of the Fiscal Year goal is raise $2,500 to support our programs and services. Help us reach the finish line and make a gift today!

National HIV/AIDS Testing Day

Know your status! We will be offering FREE HIV testing at our 23 Broadway center tomorrow from 12pm-5pm. Enter in our raffle for chances to win cool prizes including an air conditioner, Apple ipad, television and more!

La Casa Kicks Off End of the Fiscal Year Fundraiser

As you enjoy the long summer days of June and coordinate activities for your family, include La Casa de Don Pedro in your summer plans. Beginning today through the end of the month, La Casa is holding its End of the Fiscal Year Fundraiser. With your support, we can raise

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As you enjoy the long summer days of June and coordinate activities for your family, include La Casa de Don Pedro in your summer plans.

Beginning today through the end of the month, La Casa is holding its End of the Fiscal Year Fundraiser. With your support, we can raise hope. You can help empower your neighbors to be informed to make better choices for themselves, their family, and ultimately our greater community.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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La Casa’s Executive Director Featured on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders

Ray Ocasio was recently featured on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders. CLICK HERE to view the segment.

Lower Broadway Opens Up “My Front Porch”

Coverage courtesy of The Newark Times This Saturday, while Mayor Baraka was unveiling the Better Block: Bergen Street Edition, La Casa de Don Pedro and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association opened their My Front Porch initiative on Crane Street with food, music, activities, and general community building. The event highlighted

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Coverage courtesy of The Newark Times

This Saturday, while Mayor Baraka was unveiling the Better Block: Bergen Street Edition, La Casa de Don Pedro and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association opened their My Front Porch initiative on Crane Street with food, music, activities, and general community building. The event highlighted a project commencing NeighborWorks week, “a national week of community engagement that celebrates neighborhood change and brings awareness to community revitalization efforts.” Through ongoing activities in this new public space – starting with an open mic today, June 10th at 6:00 PM- the organization is inviting neighbors to connect in the outdoor recreation area.

The Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association is a community organization promoting resident involvement and development in the Lower Broadway area. Since 2012 they have been a positive force for community engagement, bringing in local activists like Yolanda Vann.

“LBNA is kind of evolving and changing. When it first came about it was a collection of block associations and I think right now we’re kind of seeing that it’s bigger than that.” Vann said, “We all represent our own little neighborhood within the neighborhood but come together to see what kind of change we can effect, whether it be knowing our neighbors a little better, or safety, to just doing things that people would enjoy.”

Vann thought of the idea My Front Porch after a NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute training. She has bought some food from a restaurant and was sitting on the curb to eat it when a man invited her into a public garden she thought was private behind a different restaurant. “Why can’t we have a place like this?” she asked herself.

Together with The Lost Tribes Zulu Nation, the Rutgers Office of Community Partnerships, architects of NJ NOMA , local civic organizations No Free Time Inc. and the Columbus Homes Restoration Committee and a little luck they were able to find and clear a vacant lot and create a space with a stage, furniture, and even a fountain. What was most impressive was the true community nature of the project: local residents and businesses stepped up in a big way to lend a hang clearing the lot, constructing furniture, and moving reclaimed materials. “Most of the things there came from somewhere- the shop class from Barringer made the furniture and the stage, everything was material sourced from somewhere. Things fall through but somehow we ended up seeing some shipping pallets from down the street. There are a lot of little things and places we don’t even realize are there.”

Keep updated on on-going events at 57 Crane Street by following Lower Broadway on Facebook. If you would like to volunteer or or share ideas for My Front Porch, contact lowerbroadwaynewark@gmail.com!
Vann is hopeful that this will be a positive neighborhood force. “Most of the people here live in apartments. This is everybody’s place to be—when it comes to multipurpose space it’s something that we all need.”

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