Congratulations to Johanny!
Johanny Vazquez Paz's book,
Sagrada Familia, a finalist at the 2015 International Latino Book Awards, has won First Prize in the Best Poetry Book, Single Author category.


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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

Coronation of Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen 2015

By Ricardo Jiménez, Vida/SIDA

On Friday, June 19, 2015 The Puerto Rican Cultural Center and the Trans Latin@ Coalition of Chicago sponsored the Annual Coronation of the Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen.  In a pack audience with hundreds of attendance and only standing room only available, this year's Paseo Boricua Cacica Queen 2015 is from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico who gives life to "Yeveah Altieri". Since a very early age, the newly crowned Queen of 2015, Yeveah, was devoted to health sciences and mathematics and its benefits to society. Currently,  Yeveah Altieri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences, a Master's Degree in Public Health Administration and is pursuing a Doctorate's Degree in Epidemiology at Ponce School of Medicine. In addition Yeveah Altieri has created doll pageants and sold them where all the funds collected are used for domestic violence victims recovery and educate communities to understand the plight of how domestic violence affect the nation of Puerto Rico.  Yeveah Altieri will be one brilliant and beautiful ambassador to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Trans Latin@ Coalition of Chicago

Lastly, Janet Namer affectingly know, as "Madrina" was crown Honorary Queen of Paseo Boricua 2015  Madrina has been a vocal advocate of Trans Latin@ in Chicago.

PRCC Pride Parade Contingent Celebrates Latin America, Same Sex Marriage Decision

By Pedro Mercado, VidaSIDA

On Sunday, June 28th, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center participated in the 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade. An estimated, 1 million people attended for Sunday's celebrations, and The PRCC was one of the Latin@ frontrunners of the parade. The city's celebrations come as the Supreme Court made its landmark same sex marriage decision earlier in the week, striking down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The PRCC's float featured a Latin American themed contingent that showcased flags and cultural attire from different Latin American countries. Over 100 people joined the PRCC to march. 

2nd Week of El Conuco and Mural Garden Farmer's Market Marked by Excellent Growth
By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
This past Sunday, at the Mural Garden Farmer's Market, PRCC garden team member Christian Roldán asked a resident what he would like to see at the market. After listing asparagus, and mushrooms among other vegetables, the man also said he wanted cilantro. Christian walked him over to the Mural Garden's beds and picked a bunch for him. Our commitment to providing quality products from the state, as well as from our own community, keeps us growing.


This weekend, between the start of the Conuco's Farmer's Market on the corner of California and Division and our second weekend at the Mural Garden, profits tripled.  The more the market earns, the more vendors will be able to provide to local residents. Improving access to locally grown produce that are seen in our homes, the garden team hopes to be able to continue to fulfill the requests of local residents. But, like any farmer entrusting our bounty to the elements, what we provide each week will be based on what the season and weather permits.

Given increasing demand for diversity as well as for the quality non-GMO, untreated produce our greenhouses, and local gardens continue to produce, volunteers will be needed to harvest our greens, berries and herbs.  For more information, please contact
Chicago: Boricuas quieren desplegar banderas en su vecindario
Por Agencia EFE
Instalarían banderas de otros países latinoamericanos en el Paseo Boricua para promover la unidad.

Chicago.- La comunidad puertorriqueña de Chicago quiere "abrir los brazos" al resto de los latinos de la ciudad y desplegar las banderas de sus países en el llamado Paseo Boricua, corazón del barrio de Humboldt Park.

"Queremos promover la unidad y al mismo tiempo que se instalen en la calle Division restaurantes latinoamericanos con sus platillos tradicionales y su cultura", declaró hoy a Efe el concejal Roberto Maldonado, del Distrito 26.

El Paseo Boricua es demarcado por dos banderas metálicas gigantes de Puerto Rico de 18 metros de altura que se inauguraron hace 20 años en el vecindario del noroeste, donde abundan los restaurantes, cafés, galerías y murales que celebran la cultura boricua.

Las banderas latinoamericanas también serían metálicas, aunque más pequeñas y se instalarían en las columnas del alumbrado público de la calle Division, entre Western y California.


Muévete is celebrating its 10th!
By Leony Calderón, Diabetes Empowerment Center
Muévete is celebrating its 10th anniversary (Aug. 2005- Aug. 2015). What started as a walking group twice a week around Humboldt Park has evolved into a community based physical activity program. Muevete provides classes of Dance-aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, seasonal walking and biking and the once a year Move for Life! season kick-off event.  Classes are held Monday through Saturday, free of charge and open to adults 18 and over. All classes are accessible to all fitness levels, encouraging movement for all.  


On August 8th 2015 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary with a 10,000 steps around Humboldt Park.  Free of charge and for the entire family. There will be prizes for every 5,000 steps you take. Music, heart screenings, snacks and refreshment will be provided. Please call to register, 773-342-0855.

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  • From Our Community Partners

    A book for all ages: Así Somos | Who We Are arrives to Chicago
    By Deborah López

    Chicago, IL (June 27, 2015) - The presentation and signing of the acclaimed book

    Así Somos | Who We Are, hosted by the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Chicago Chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women was a reaffirmation that our core values, namely our "Puerto Ricaness" transcends life styles and changing times.


    A capacity audience came to hear author and educator Ada Nivia López, share specific occurrences that gave rise to her concept and the need to publish Así Somos | Who We Are; a unique collection of photographic essays with bilingual narratives designed by master artist Antonio Martorell, highlighting the diversity and cultural richness of the Puerto Rican people on the island and its diaspora. 50 copies of the book were signed by the author and photographer in theprincipal gallery of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Deborah López served as MC and Alejandro Molina, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the PRCC, introduced Ada, speaking of her family's legacy of struggle in our community's history, and more specifically of Ada's postive role throughout the struggles we have faced.


    Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, Ada gave a heartfelt presentation.  Many thanked her for giving us a book that illuminates the heart and soul of the Puerto Rican people and for having included Puerto Ricans in Hawaii. The images taken by award winning photographer Mark Joseph evoke deep feelings connecting the reader with Puerto Rican core values including hospitality, compassion, generosity, joy and resilience.  Based on the expression of guests who represented multi-generations and ethnicities, Así Somos | Who We Are begins to bridge the gap between the ages, the eras and across the diaspora.  

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    Wounded Warrior Project Honored by Presence Health
    On Tuesday, June 30, Presence Saints Marys and Elizabeths Medical Center honored the Wounded Warrior Project by presenting it with the Presence Health Inspire Award for Community Service at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, downtown Chicago.

    After MC Michelle Perez recognized the Presence area awards winners present and then, Sandra Bruce, President & CEO Presence Health presented the award to SSG (Ret.) Dan Nevins - Honoree - Warrior Speak Director, Wounded Warrior Project, who spoke about his personal journey and then the organizations work. The Presence Health Inspire Award is presented annually to a community leader or organization who exemplifies the values that inspire Presence Health's outreach to the community. The Award recognizes inspirational leadership from an individual or organization who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the well-being of the communities throughout Chicagoland and Illinois.

    New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat Rolls into Chicago

    On Saturday, July 11, for a Day of Bikes, Beer and Bemusement

    CHICAGO, IL June 24, 2015 - Fun times, fun friends, fun bikes and fun beers!  If dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to bands and drinking beer are things you like, then don't miss the most FUN fundraiser around ... Tour de Fat is coming back to Chicago and is better than ever this year!  New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other award-winning beers, is bringing the 16th annual Tour de Fat to Chicago on Saturday, July 11, in Palmer Square.  Bring a smile and your best costume, because we're about to have a good time!


    Gather up your friends, family and neighbors to join us and enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer to help raise funds for local Chicago bicycle nonprofits. The daylong festivities are free, with all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales, along with parade donations, going towards making Chicago a better place to ride a bike.  Despite last year's torrential rain and storms, over 5,000 people came to the festival and raised more than $32,000 benefitting West Town Bikes. 


    Tour de Fat will be kicking off the daylong festivities with a giant bicycle parade in celebration of the power of the bike, encouraging everyone to embrace their inner-cyclist while riding through the city streets as a rolling carnival of creativity.  This bike route is designed for people of all skills levels, and everyone is welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged.  After the group ride, the stages will heat up with world-class acts, transforming the Palmer Square festival grounds into a celebration unlike any other!  The festival also features a celebration of the inspirational car-for-bike swapper series in which brave souls hand over their car keys as a commitment to commute by bike.


    "Tour de Fat is a celebration of arguable man's greatest creations: beer, and the bike.  Put those two things together, sprinkle in some costumes, live music, eclectic entertainment, and folks wanting to improve their local community - you've got the makings for a great time.  And for a great cause, helping West Town Bikes have an immediate impact of bike advocacy efforts with youth education in underserved populations right here in Chicago," said John Clarke, New Belgium Beer's Field Brander and 'Great Lakes Gadabout'.


    Adults and kids alike can ride funky bikes, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a "Thousand Person Dance Contest", which will determine the winner of a 2015 New Belgium Cruiser Bike.  Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery's flagship brew, Fat Tire, this summer's seasonal, Snapshot, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.  Lips Lounge tappings this year will include La Folie, Hop Tart, Pear Ginger Beer and Carnie's Blood.


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    Norwegian American Hospital Receives 2015 Gage Award

    By Nancy Clarke, Norwegian American Hospital

    One of only 6 hospitals in the U.S. honored with prestigious award


    CHICAGO - Norwegian American Hospital has been awarded a 2015 Gage Award honorable mention for Transformation of Perinatal Quality in an Essential Hospital.America's Essential Hospitals, a national organization representing hospitals committed to high-quality care for all people, including the vulnerable, announced this honor at its annual conference, June 24 to 26, in San Diego.


    "We're very proud and honored to be recognized nationally for the work we've done to improve the care of some of our most vulnerable patients," said José R. Sánchez, president and CEO, Norwegian American Hospital. "Our clinical staff is dedicated to providing safe and appropriate service delivery that is central to a high quality perinatal program. It's a team effort all around."


    Transformation of Perinatal Quality in an Essential Hospital was an NAH initiative that dramatically improved perinatal quality, reducing fetal deaths from 11 to 6 and neonatal deaths from 4 to 3 over the course of the intervention. The hysterectomy rate in hemorrhage patients fell, rates of vaginal births after a cesarean section improved, and early elective deliveries before 39 weeks declined, among other achievements.


    "Norwegian American Hospital is continuously working to improve, driven by our high standards and our commitment to serve the people of the Chicago communities we serve. The Gage Award represents national recognition of this work," said Norwegian American Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Abha Agrawal. "It is recognition of our team's relentless, rigorous approach to improving patient care, in a manner that directly benefits our patients."

    The NAPH Gage Awards Program - named after NAPH founder and safety net advocate Larry S. Gage - honors and shares the outstanding work of NAPH members. Winners are recognized for innovations that improve community health and save money and that can be replicated in organizations across the country.

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