April 2011

El Centro Hispano held a community meeting on April 13, 2011 at their Carrboro office located in Carrboro Plaza Shopping Center.  At the meeting, El Centro president and CEO Pila Rocha-Goldberg (pictured above) informed the community at large about El Centro’s accomplishments during the eight months they have been open in their Carrboro office. Colleen Blue, El Centro Programs Director, pictured above with me and Mayor Chilton, helped with the presentation. The occasion also marked the opening of an art exhibit comprised of a collection of traditional masks from Guerrero, Mexico and the work of painter Cornelio Campos, as well as art from ECH’s “Art Workshop for Children” and of students of “Mi Escuelita Spanish Immersion Preschool.”

There was an event held at Baldin Park as part of the Creek Action Tour held in Carrboro/Chapel Hill on April 9, 2011.  The tour was a collaborative effort of many organizations and individuals, and includeds municipal, residential, educational, and community garden sites. Sites throughout the towns were on the tour which ran from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   The kickoff of the event occurred at Baldwin Park along the municipal boundary, where construction for a restoration project was just completed; to mark the occasion, there was a tree planting ceremony at 9:30 am.  While there, attendees also saw the area where the community garden is being established.  It was a wonderful event where all present learned a bit about the rich history of the land comprising Baldwin Park.