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Meet Brent Harding “Through the eyes of the youth”



Ms. Brent Harding is the Producer of the Award Winning E3PowerUP Women’s Conferences, founder of the Wealth Warriors broadcast, speaker, author and global entrepreneur.

Brent has been featured in the Boston Business Journal, Women’s Business Journal and The Urban News magazine. She has written and published articles in Boston Business Journal, Banker and Tradesman and The Bay State Banner. Ms. Harding has been privileged to serve as a Massachusetts delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.

Upcoming conference:

Award-Winning “E3PowerUP2017 Women Entrepreneurs Conference”

Date of event:  Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time or event:  General Admission, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM EST; VIP Session, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

Place/Venue:  Location will be determined and announced by 08/17/17.  


Cost:  VIP Attendees:  $148.64 ($139.95 + Processing)

General Admission $128.64 ($119.00 + Processing)

Contact information:  

Phone:  617-438-7949
EMail:    brent@brentsharding. com


Other info:

Effective 08/14/17 – will be activated. 

More about Brent Harding.



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2017 VROCC Summer programs Kickoff Event.

The kickoff event of the Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC) 2017 Summer arts-integrated programs took place on Wednesday, July 19th at Lewis Mall as part of the East Boston Farmers Market. These free weekly public programs include the Healthy Living Through Art and Culture Initiative, and the Dancing Elotes Experience.

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Up-left to right: Veronica Robles, Emilio Rabasa Gamboa, Consul of Mexico, John Alexander Pinillos, Leslie Acosta, Johan Sepúlveda, Lorene Schettino, East Boston Foundation, Yida Mora, Consul of Colombia, Ruddy Lennyn, Consul of El Salvador, Nick Ayala. Down-Left to right: Dylan Thornton, Ethan Shepherd.

The ceremony was prepared and led by youth staff Nick Ayala and Ethan Shepherd, while the Elote (Corn on the cob) team were busy serving the corn: Dylan Thornton, Leslie Acosta Lemus, Johan Sepulveda, and John Pinillos.  On the other side of the market, Giselle Ayala and Anthony Steven Puertas were in charge of the art table, assisting artist in residence Lydia Perez with the creation of Puerto Rican masks (Vejigantes).

Left to Right: Nick Ayala, Alejandra St. Guillen, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement. Ethan Shepherd

VROCC dancers Yaritza Lopez, Jacqueline and Alicia Ramirez also participated in the mask making and later on delighted the audience with a dance performance representing El Salvador. This was followed by a brief presentation by artist in residence Lydia Perez, and then her daughter Gidell Rivera sang and played the drums with the rest of the dancers .

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Left to Right: Yaritza Lopez, Jacqueline and Alicia Ramirez


“VROCC has empowered the youth in East Boston by employing them and teaching them about their roots and culture through this cultural initiative and they have effectively utilized the power of the arts and culture to bring the community together by raising awareness on the importance of diversity”. Alejandra St. Guillen, Director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement

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“In the current political context, the unity is important therefore I invite all to participate in activities like this to get to know each other’s cultures to create an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, understanding and solidarity that translates into harmonious growth of our communities. Congratulations to VROCC that provides spaces to implement ideas that promote youth development and provide them with tools to succeed on their goals.”. Emilio Rabasa Gamboa, Consul General of Mexico in Boston.

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“This is the type of events that East Boston Foundation love to support, and are happy to be here to see where our funds actually go and the people that are positively affected’. Lorene Schettino, East Boston Foundation, Executive Director


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“We loved to participate and support Veronica Robles Cultural Center events or initiatives because they provide amazing opportunities to our youth where they can learn about different cultures and their similarities”.  Shirley Fajardo, Operations Manager, East Boston APAC Action for Boston Community Development.


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VROCC thank you for inviting us to this event as a Latin American community, because in this way we do not speak about nationalities or a single country, instead we speak about Latin American as a group, and united we advocate on behalf of all the good people who we come from these beautiful countries to contribute to their communities. Yida Ximena Mora Silva, Consul General of Colombia in Boston


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“These kinds of initiatives are important to unite our cultures, traditions and why not, our hearts”.Ruddy Lennyn Lazo, Consul General of El Salvador in Boston

Community partners of these programs include East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Let’s Get moving, ABCD, EBECC, Lutheran Church on Paris St., La Cancun Restaurant, KO Pies and Catering, Star Branding and Ernesto Upholstery, Cecilia Bardales, CB Tax Unlimited.


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Back by popular demand,  Veronica Robles Cultural Center Dancing Elotes Experience returns to East Boston Farmers Market every Wednesday from 3 to 6:30 PM as part of our free weekly 2017 Summer arts-integrated public programs. This summer’s VROCC  Artist In Residence is Puerto Rican Teaching Artist Lydia Perez, who will be conducting a series of workshops and performances about Puerto Rican Culture for the community of East Boston.


COnsul of El Salvador Mr. Lennin and Consul Of Colimbia Ms. Mora about to try delicious Elote Loco sold by the youth staff!!


This part of the project is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, which is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.  The East Boston Foundation also supports this project.


VROCC seeks to expand current offerings of dance styles to include Bomba and Plena, traditional music and dance styles that developed during the Spanish colonization of Puerto Rico. The program includes traditional instruments, dance, mask making, and costume showcasing.


Current VROCC members will be trained by Lydia so they can teach this tradition to younger members and showcase this art form at several free community festivals and cultural events throughout the year.



Workshop schedule:

  • Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the VROCC location on 175 William F. McClellan Highway
  • Wednesdays Lydia will lead mask making (Vejigantes) workshops at East Boston Farmers Market at Lewis Mall from 4PM to 6 PM.
  • Sunday, August 20th from 2 to 6 PM the residency will conclude with a Bombazo Carnival, a public performance with Lydia , VROCC students and community members at VROCC location  on 175 William F. McClellan Highway.



Community partners of these programs include East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Let’s Get moving, ABCD, EBECC, Lutheran Church on Paris St., La Cancun Restaurant, KO Pies and Catering, Star Branding and Ernesto Upholstery, Cecilia Bardales, CB Tax Unlimited.


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The VROCC mission is to Promote Latin American Arts and Culture as Engine for stronger community and economic growth by inspiring, teaching and perpetuating cultural traditions through dance and music to foster family values and help bring general community together. Our dance group reaches over 5,000 through the year on public performances. The VROCC performing group aspires to include dances that represent all countries of Latin-America; and currently we feature dance from Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, El Salvador, and Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, and Dominican Republic.


For more information about workshop schedule visit


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What’s up this week in Eastie?

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Community Sailing

Date: Sunday July 16

Time: 3:00-6:00 PM

Location: 95 Marginal Street


This is a ticketed event. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier.
Organizer: Piers Park Sailing Center and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Contact information: Alex DeFronzo at 617-561-6677 or

ZUMIX Summer Concert Series

Date: Sunday July 16

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

Location: Piers Park

Audience: General


Organizer: Zumix

Read Boston at the Library

Date: Monday July 17

Time: 1:15-2:15 PM

Location: 365 Breman Street

Audience: Kids 7 and under


Organizer: East Boston PierPAC Inc. Committee
Contact information: Brian Hanley at 617-418-0054

Family Arts in Crafts in Piers Park

Date: Monday July 17

Time: 12:30-2:00 PM

Location: Piers Park

Audience: Families


Children will receive a FREE book
Organizer: East Boston Public Library
Contact information: Margaret Kelly at 617-569-0271 or

Historic New England – Summer in the City

Date: Wednesday July 19

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

Location: 365 Bremen Street

Audience: Kids 12 and under


Organizer: East Boston Public Library
Contact information: Margaret Kelly at 617-569-0271 or

Dancing Elotes

Date: Wednesday July 19

Time: 3 to 6:30 PM

Location: East Boston Farmers Market 209 Sumner St.

Eat corn on the cob served by youth 3 dollars each

Audience: General

FREE mask making lead by artist in residency Lydia Perez followed by Puerto Rican dance mini-workshop

Organizer: Veronica Robles Cultural Center

The Eddy Presents Music on the Lawn

Date: Wednesday July 19

Time or event: 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: 10 New Street

Audience: General


Organizer name: Eddy
Contact information: Courtney Henderson at or 617-561-9600

Yoga on the Lawn

Date: Thursday July 20

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

Location: 365 Bremen Street

Audience: General


Organizer name: East Boston Public Library
Contact information: Margaret Kelly at 617-569-0271 or

Movie Night – Moana

Date: Friday July 21

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Belmont Square/Brophy Park

Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on the grass.

Audience: Families


Organizer: NOAH & JPNAContact information: Mary Cole (JPNA) at Colin McGinnis (NOAH) at or 617-418-8241


Define Culture / Define la Cultura

Welcome to our blog,

Well, we didn’t know how to start this blog so we decided to dedicate this very first post to define the word CULTURE and this is what we found in English:

  • The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively -Powered by Oxford Dictionaries
  • The act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties especially by education – By Merriam-Webster
  • Social studies: The way of life of a particular people, esp. as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs. – By Cambridge Dictionary
  • Arts: The arts of describing, showing, or performing that represent the traditions or the way of life of a particular people or group; literature, art, music, dance, theater, etc.

What is your definition of culture? Please share it with us. If you are bilingual please identify the differences or similarities in both languages. 

Bienvenido a nuestro blog,

Bueno, no sabíamos cómo empezar este blog, así que decidimos dedicar esta primera publicacion a definir la palabra CULTURA y esto es lo que encontramos en español:

  • Cultura es todo complejo que incluye el conocimiento, el arte, las creencias, la ley, la moral, las costumbres y todos los hábitos y habilidades adquiridos por el hombre no sólo en la familia, sino también al ser parte de una sociedad como miembro que es.
  • La cultura también se define en las ciencias sociales como un conjunto de ideas, comportamientos, símbolos y prácticas sociales, aprendidos de generación en generación a través de la vida en sociedad. Sería el patrimonio social de la humanidad o, específicamente, una variante particular del patrimonio social.
  • El término cultura, que proviene del latín cultus, hace referencia al cultivo del espíritu humano y de las facultades intelectuales del hombre. Su definición ha ido mutando a lo largo de la historia: desde la época del Iluminismo, la cultura ha sido asociada a la civilización y al progreso.
  • la cultura es el conjunto de informaciones y habilidades que posee un individuo. Para la UNESCO, la cultura permite al ser humano la capacidad de reflexión sobre sí mismo: a través de ella, el hombre discierne valores y busca nuevas significaciones.

¿Cuál es su definición de cultura? Por favor compártela con nosotros. Si eres bilingüe déjanos saber cuales son las similitudes o diferencias que encuentras entre los dos idiomas.