People often feel that real change in society is impossible. Sometimes they stop trying to create change because the challenges seem so large. To restore our hope and energy, I think we need to look at things that have changed for the better – things that we didn’t think were possible. I just learned of a great example of progressive change here in Alameda County that is natural, human, and inspiring. Doctors at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland are now encouraging their patients to spend time in nature as part of their healing. Instead of prescribing only the usual hospital treatments, these doctors have acknowledged the real healing ability of being in outdoor places like parks and beaches.
Luis Abundis built his business from a cart to a truck to a store. Two stores, in fact. “My business actually grew vertically,” he said while sitting next to his ice cream shop, Nieves Cinco de Mayo in the Fruitvale Public Market. Abundis got his start selling homemade ice cream out of a paleta cart. He then bought a real truck, and eventually his shop/store. Today he owns a second shop in San Francisco’s Mission district - both locations have a full menu of tropical ice cream, sorbets, and other refreshing treats inspired by his native Mexico.
Latina mom encourages people to get outside of home and comfort zone ---
“Latinos love being outdoors - it is part of our culture,” says Melissa Avery, a Latina mother and blogger who lives in Fremont. Avery challenges Latino families to start a regular exercise habit. “Go for a walk every day, walk around the block,” she says. “Visit the local parks - I encourage people to get out of their comfort zone.”
‘Fiesta Dance’ brings seniors together to honor Latino culture across the Americas
It was a day filled with lively Latin music and dance, great tasting food and fun activities for seniors as The Unity Council and the Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) hosted “Fiesta Dance,” honoring Latino cultures across the Americas. The Fiesta Dance, part of The Unity Council’s 50th Anniversary celebration, was held recently at the Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, located in Oakland’s Fruitvale Village. The event was a big success, attended by more than 150 seniors, including 50 visitors from the Center for Elders’ Independence.