Thursday, June 9, 2011

Axteca Mall, Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, Lvejo, Boxing, Overcoming Barriers to Success

         AZTECA MALL: Businessman Rigoberto, a.k.a.“Mr. G”, Gonzalez is the CEO of the Azteca Mall, 3200 S. Kedzie Ave. in Little Village. The Mall opened its doors with 50 little stores on January 1, 2011. “We’ve made a lot of improvements at the Mall. It’s one of a kind in our community,” said  Rigoberto.
Rigoberto Gonzalez,
CEO Axteca Mall
          MR. “G” gave me a tour of the Mall last Monday and I was impressed by the friendliness of the owners and clerks; and how clean and organized the owners displayed their merchandise.
         HOURS: Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free parking for 1,000 cars. “We also plan to have different exhibitors every month at the Mall,” said Mr. G.
SOME BUSINESSES in the Azteca Mall are Karen’s Fashion, [2nd Floor] selling todo el surtido de ropa, interior de hombre y mujer, vestidos, fajas [estan en especial], brasieres, trusas, etc., Phone: (773) 443-8511; Lyly’s Regalos y Accesorios [2nd Floor], Gran variedad en joyas de fantasis y plata. Phone: 312/401-6837.
           Miranda Accesorios, [2nd Floor] Bolsas de mujer, perfumeria, productors naturals, articulos de limpieza, productos de nutrilite. Phone: 773/879-3976; Mary Kay Products by Consultora de Belleza Evelia Apreza, Phone: 708/543-5539; JR Shoes, owner Joe Rojas selling family shoes by Andrea, socks and accessories, designer handbags. Phone: 773/480-5018.  R Hair Design, [2nd Floor] beautician/owner Reyna Carranza with especiales/Specials: Corte y estilo $18; Color, corte y estilo $65, Retoque corte y estilo $49, Peinado y Maquillaje $65, Hombres $10 and ninos $5. Phone: 773/901-7950.
           Joyeria Alamo, owner Hector Alamo, con todo tipo de Joyeria Fina de Oro de 14K. Precios especiales, compramos oro al major recios. Phone: 773/396-4855. Alvarez Hardware, complete supplies for building and janitorial, plumbing, electrical and tools. Phone: 312/733-3567; VAM Para Vida [2nd Floor] Tratamientos Naturales. Phone: 312/446-7518 and Lovely Things, “Creating something special” by Erika Espinosa, Jewelry Designer. Handmade jewelry, crafts. Phone: 312/622-4379; My Candy Store, owner Jaime Licona. Phone: 773/510-9177; Raquel’s Fashion, Ropa Casual Para Mujeres. Phone: 773/960-8133.            
            YOU WILL find bargains, sales and good prices and much more at the Azteca Mall. Azteca Mall is the place to go and it’s a fun place to shop! If you have any questions about the Mall, call Mr. “G” at 312/671-1620.

           A SCHOLAR: Luis David Cabrales, a Benito Juarez High School senior, was awarded a 2011 Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship in April. The Gates Scholarship program is awarded to students to help pay for his/her education until completion of his/her PhD.
     IT WAS Luis’ strong leadership, community service and academic achievements that contributed to his selection as a Gates Millennium Scholar. When asked how he felt about the process of applying for the GMS, Luis said: “It is a really long process! I tried my hardest and put in all of my efforts,” says Cabrales. Out of the eight essays that needed to be submitted, one of his best was his personal statement. “I wanted to be seen as a whole person”, stated Luis. More than 23,000 students who applied for the GMS, making this year’s the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history.
           LUIS WAS born in Chicago, but Spanish is his first spoken language. He was placed in a bilingual class and learned English in second grade at Josiah L. Pickard Elementary School, 2301 West 2st in Pilsen. He is a successful STARS [Students Teaching And Reaching Students] Project member at Juarez, influenced by Yolanda Sanchez founder of STARS. “I was actually the one who came up with the name for STARS.” Cabrales joked. The STARS Project is a non-for-profit founded in Chicago in February 2010.
          PURSUING A CAREER in the medical field stemmed from an experience when he was 6 years old; Luis found out that his mother was diagnosed with cancer. “At the time, I didn't understand what cancer was” Cabrales said. After graduating from Juarez in June, he will attend Illinois Wesleyan University as an undergraduate and transfer to UIC. His goal is to major in biology, pre-medicine and complete his PhD.
         Congratulations Luis!  For more information on GMS contact Gates Millennium Scholars, P.O. Box 1434, Alexandria, Virginia 22313. Toll-Free Phone: 1-877-690-GMSP. Or, Google: The Gates Millennium Scholars.

         CELEBRATING: Join LVEJO, friends and family for a night of Latin American music this Friday, June 10th, from 6:00 p.m. – midnight at Cafe Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana Ave. A night of Boleros, Nueva Musica and Troba! Performances by 4 Jade, Ramon Marin and Rondalla. Tickets are $10 in advance / $12 at door. Buy your tickets Online. Must be 18 to enter - 21 to drink. LVEJO is turning 15! For more information: email or call 312/857-6626.

         CHAMPION: Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 25, [43-0-1, 32 KO] won by unanimous decision against German boxer Sebastian Zbik in a 12 bout fight Saturday, June 4th at Staples Center, Los Angeles to win the WBC [World Boxing Council] Middleweight title and his first belt.
         CESAR JULIO CHAVAZ SR. hugged his son and was at ringside cheering on his son Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. fought like his father using body punches to weaken his opponent. It was the toughest fight Chavez Jr. had against Zbik.
         CHAVEZ JR. was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico and he resides in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.  Philippine champion boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao said, “I want to congratulate Julio on a well-deserved victory.” Chavez’s next fight may be with Argentinean boxer Sergio Martinez, 36, or Puerto Rican boxer, Miguel Cotto, 30, both experience and tough boxers.

                A NEW UP PROGRAM: "Overcoming Barriers to Success" is a new program provided by universidad popular for adults and seniors with disabilities. There is Open Enrollment for more adults and seniors with disabilities to join. Albert Mendez is the Program Coordinator. Prospective students or their family members can contact Mendez at 773/733-5055, or at The program is taking place at a wheelchair accessible space in the old Atlantic Mall, 3948 West 26th Street, Suite 112 in Little Village.

3610 W. 26TH St. Chicago, IL 60623

                        · Mexican Revolution – 1910
                        · Mexican Vaqueros/Cowboys
                        · Mexican Military History
                        · World of the Mayas
                        · Aztec Empire, Mexican artifacts & photos

            Aztec Calendar              Aztec Emperor Montezuma               Pancho Villa                   Emiliano Zapata  

For information, contact
Curator William Luna
Phone: 773/551-4750