Monday - Jun 24, 2019

Singer celebrates birthday and record release

by Elisabeth Pinio

Heather Lauren singing with Grupo Puro Bandido, while conga player Rafael Ramírez looks on during the Latin Rock at Brava TheaterHeather Lauren singing with Grupo Puro Bandido, while conga player Rafael Ramírez looks on during a Latin Rock Festival at Brava Theater in 2005.

Heather Lauren hosts a party to celebrate not only her birthday, but the release of her first record. She performed with upright bassist Dan Feiszli, and pianist Adam Shulman. Autographed CDs, posters and t-shirts were sold throughout the evening. Heather has been on occasions a feminine vocalist of the Latin rock group, Puro Bandido, in the Mission District.

One of the songs featured in her CD include Eddie Gorme’s Los Panchos’s Sabor a Mi, and Grammy winning song of Jorge Drexter’s Al Otro Lado del Río.

The event took place Friday, May 18 at The Hotel Rex Salon Room.

Nicaraguan singer performs in honor of Mother’s Day in SF

MarthaVaughan known feminine voice in Nicaragua, performed in San Francisco in honor to Mother’s Day.

There will was typical Nicaragua music and food.

The event took place at Tropi-Gala, at 358 Ocean Ave.

District invites community to learn about school budget

In the spirit of the fast-approaching new fiscal year, San Francisco Unified School District invites the residents of San Francisco to learn about its budget. Attendees will learn how the budget is created, how state funding affects this budget, and what the budget allocates for the new school year.

This learning opportunity will be hosted by Everett Middle School, at 450 Church Street (at 16th Street), San Francisco. The event will take place Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Immigrant Family Fair

The Mission Asset Fund and San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network have joined forces to host the Immigrant Rights and Resource Fair. This event will provide inspiring and empowering information to Latino immigrants on various resources, opportunities and financial services available to them.

The fair will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jose Coronado Playground (21st & Folsom) in San Francisco.

The Truth in Knowing Now

In a joint effort, “The Truth in Knowing Now: A Conversation across the African Diaspora,” will be presented by The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library, in association with the San Francisco International Arts Festival and the San Francisco Artist Resource Center.

Scholars, performers,artists, activists, and community brokers will discuss cultural, spiritual, political, and artistic legacies of the African Diaspora.

The event will take place Saturday, May 19, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Main Library.

Discussion on ethnic end-of-life care

New America Media will hold an ethnic media briefi ng with partner, California HealthCare Foundation to disclose the results of a new study: “Racial, Cultural and Ethnic Factors Affecting the Quality of End-of Life Care in California.” Discussion points include: Why California is a critical place for EOL care; why people of color don’t access EOL care; the critical need for a diverse healthcare workforce; and why ethnic caregivers are the least likely to get EOL care.

The briefing will be held Tuesday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New America Media offi ce at 275 9th Street (at Folsom), San Francisco. RSVP to Heyleeng Pasquier at (415) 503-4170, or email

Mental Health Association anniversary luncheon

The Mental Health Association of San Francisco will host their 60th Anniversary Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building.

Individuals and organizations will be honored for their exceptional support and service to the community. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and other information, visit ­