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[free] Noche en México: Ayudando Latinos a Soñar’s (ALAS) // Half Moon Bay

Ayudando Latinos a Soñar’s Annual Noche en México: Showcasing Cultural Arts and Celebrating Tenth-Year Anniversary

Farmworkers will perform an Accordion Music Program, along with captivating Ballet Folklórico performances and the soulful melodies of Mariachi Media Luna at the free event.

The accordion program aims to provide healing through music—an extension of ‘cultura cura’ or ‘culture cures.’ Mental health is a significant aspect of their program, complementing the cultural arts.

Saturday, December 2, at 5:00 PM at Half Moon Bay High School, MU
1 Lewis Foster Drive in Half Moon Bay.
Free event.

 

About show!

Join us for a free event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS) at Noche en México, an end-of-the-year cultural arts showcase on Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 PM. The event will take place at Half Moon Bay High School, MU, 1 Lewis Foster Drive in Half Moon Bay.

 

Ray Mueller, San Mateo County Board of Supervisor, will present an award to Dr. Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, ALAS founder and executive director, recognizing ALAS as Half Moon Bay’s leading farmworker program nonprofit, dedicated to serving the community for over a decade with exceptional services to essential and farmworkers and their families.

This summer, the organization was honored with the “Non-Profit of the Year” award from State Senator Josh Becker and Assemblymember Marc Berman, acknowledging its significant contributions.

 

Highlights of ALAS Cultural Arts Program include:

  • Tonantzin Folklórico Dancing
  • Mariachi Media Luna
  • Farmworker Accordion Music Program
  • Corazones de Oro: Seniors Group

 

Food will be available for purchase, prepared by the parents of the youth to raise funds for the cultural arts programs. 

To contribute, please visit: https://donorbox.org/supporting-alas-in-2023 and click on the “Cultural and Performing Arts” button.

 

“I express my gratitude to our supporters and the community we serve,” said Dr. Belinda Hernandez Arriaga. “We are thrilled to offer our new accordion classes for farmworkers, providing healing through music—an extension of ‘cultura cura’ or ‘culture cures.’ Mental health is a significant aspect of our program, alongside the cultural arts.”

Hernandez-Arriaga continued, “Our guests are in for a treat! Program participants are eager to perform for us on December 2nd. Since September, classes have been held on Wednesdays at Cabrillo Farms, a family-owned farm situated across Highway 1 from the Half Moon Bay Airport. The farmworkers have been immersed in lessons led by the accomplished musician Hernan Hernandez Jr., a San Jose native. He refined his musical skills under the guidance of his father, Hernan Hernandez Sr., the esteemed bass player in Los Tigres Del Norte, one of the most prolific and celebrated Mexican bands. Hernandez Jr. and two of his brothers went on to establish their band, Suenatron.”

The event is proudly sponsored by the California Arts Council. Don’t miss this vibrant celebration of culture and community!

 

About Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS): ALAS is a nonprofit, 501c3, based in Half Moon Bay, California that offers free programs of cultural arts, mental health, education, basic needs and social justice programs for Latino families, essential workers, and farmworkers of the Coastside. The vision of the organization was born from the desire to help children and their families to feel proud of their identity and culture and amplify their voices. For more information, please visit: www.alasdreams.com.

 

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