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Aug 02, 2012
Holocaust survivors and Polish immigrants Sigmund, Sol, and Max Jucker arrived in Houston following World War II armed with Eastern European family recipes and a desire to start a new life. On May 8, 1949 – just four years after Liberation Day when the brothers were released from Nazi concentration camps – the Juckers opened Three Brothers Bakery… learn More about Old World Baking Traditions Feed a Hungry Houston
Aug 03, 2012
When 16-year-old Dwight “Red” Harkins set out on his motorcycle from his hometown of Cincinnati in 1931, his intended destination was Hollywood, and his goals were fame and fortune. Along the way Red stopped in Arizona – and he never left… learn More about The Ultimate Moviegoing Experience in Phoenix
Filling a Void, the National Museum of Mexican Art Reaches Out to Bring Artworks to a Working Class Community Near Chicago
Aug 06, 2012
Until the National Museum of Mexican Art opened its doors twenty-five years ago in Pilsen, the heart of Chicago’s Mexican-American community, there were few places in the U.S. where people could go to experience the full range of Mexican art. And, in particular, there were few museums that were located right in the Latino community and were free of charge and accessible to all… learn More about Filling a Void, the National Museum of Mexican Art Reaches Out to Bring Artworks to a Working Class Community Near Chicago
Aug 01, 2012
New York City, home to an enormous number of supermarkets and restaurants, has 2.9 million residents who experience difficulty in affording food. Throughout the five boroughs, 1.4 million people—mainly women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities—rely on soup kitchens and food pantries to get the food they need… learn More about Food Bank For New York City Fights Hunger Across the Five Boroughs
Aug 01, 2012
Mott Haven in the South Bronx is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, with unemployment at almost 30%. But a relatively modest amount of funding —under $2000—from Citizens Committee for NYC has helped create a community garden on Saint Ann’s Avenue that’s bringing neighbors together and helping revitalize the community… learn More about Citizens Committee for NYC Provides Micro-grants to Neighborhood Groups to Create Parks and Gardens