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Programs colectivo end el estudio de la diversidad en el Caribs.

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La Habana.- Del 22 al 26 de este mes la capital cubana acogerá el VI Coloquio Internacional La Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe, que reunirá a representantes de varios países para abordar el tema Memoria y conflictos de fronteras.

Organizado por Casa de las Américas, el programa del evento incluye exposiciones, conferencias magistrales, foros audiovisuales, conciertos y presentaciones de libros, sobre temas como geopolítica, gestión del patrimonio y descolonización.

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CTA will rebuild four (4) of the oldest Red Line Stations: Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr, thus making them accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, CTA will construct a rail bypass to replace a 100-year-old junction north of the Belmont station to improve train operations and add train capacity to facilitate commuter travel for our customers on the Red, Purple, and Brown Line trains during 2017-2018 and estimated to last 4-5 years to be completed in the mid 2020s. Stay Involved!

The 2017 U.S. Classic, the final qualifying event for women’s gymnastics for the P&G Gymnastics Championships, will be staged at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL for the fourth time. Scheduled for July 29 at 6:30 p.m., the U.S. Classic features some of the USA’s top female gymnasts, and tickets go on sale Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. CT.

Many of the country’s top gymnasts use the U.S. Classic as a final tune-up for the P&G Gymnastics Championships, while other gymnasts are hoping to qualify for the national championships. The P&G Championships is the national championships for USA Gymnastics and determines the U.S. champions and the U.S. National Team. The 2017 P&G Championships are scheduled for Aug. 17-20 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, go to

The July 29 competition schedule is 1 p.m. for the junior session and 6:30 p.m. for the senior session. All times are Central and subject to change.

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.
Consulting Social Media Arts Communications

Mental Health Awareness Month on Mother’s Day in May 2017

Gardenia C. Hung·Saturday, May 10, 2014

During the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month is a very important issue for all Americans, especially in the Midwestern state of Illinois for Mother’s Day. Eleven (11) years ago, my Mother committed suicide by stabbing herself with a brand new, large stainless steel kitchen knife which the bank TCF at Jewel-Osco had given her as a gift for opening a brand new bank account on Main Street, in the Village of Lombard, Du Page County, Illinois USA. When I returned home in the afternoon from the Harold Washington Public Library, I found my Mother face down on the second floor bedroom of our Lombard home. After I turned her to face me, I found the long kitchen knife stuck in her upper abdomen. Quickly I pulled out the knife, and called “911” for the Lombard Fire Department Paramedics and Dr. Thomas who arrived to help my Mother who was still unconscious with a beating pulse. The Lombard Fire Department removed my Mother and I have not seen her again for the last eleven (11) years, after she was staying with me at our Lombard home in Du Page County, Illinois.

Prior to the suicidal attempt, my Mother had been hospitalized in the Psychiatric Ward of the Advocate Masonic Medical Center in care of Dr. McKenna and social worker Tilary who discharged her for Thanksgiving, without providing for her the prescribed medications for her mental health condition. My Mother was forcefully committed to psychiatric care at the Masonic Medical Center in the Lakeview neighborhood by Jim Wilbrot and his friends, after they took her widow’s Social Security Disability cash funds for more than $800 which she had in her purse, while visiting in Oak Park, Illinois.

The Lombard Police Department, Renaldo, told me to find my Mother at the Du Page County Coroner’s Office on County Farm Road in Wheaton, Illinois. When I got to the Du Page County Morgue, the Deputy Coroner told me that “THERE WAS NO BODY” in the Morgue drawer for my Mother. Afterwards, the Du Page County Clerk Gary King, mailed me a Death Certificate for my Mother—but I never found the body nor did they invite me to the funeral in Du Page County, Illinois.

Eleven (11) years have passed and I know that Mental Health caused problems for my Mother after she moved to Lilac Town in 1992. My Mother relocated to a Lombard home near Sunset Knolls Park and the Lombard Mental Health Crisis Intervention Center on Finley Road near Washington Boulevard in Lilac Town.

My Mother had been previously treated with “Lithium” by Dr. Eduardo Machado at Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Aurora, Illinois, even when Lithium is known to cause blood poisoning and kill patients during the course of medical treatment. Later, Dr. Machado referred my Mother to Chicago Read Health Center where she was abused as a psychiatric patient by another patient on the ward. The Chicago Social Worker Mrs. Gardas who worked for the Illinois Department of Human Services has been following up on my Mother’s extraordinary Mental Health experience as a psychiatric patient in Illinois, USA.
My Mother’s Mental Health issues developed during 1978, after she was abused by a Puerto Rican co-worker, while she worked as an employee at Felt-Products Inc., auto gasket manufacturing plant also known as Federal Mogul where my Father worked for 22 years in Skokie, Cook County, Illinois.

Several years have passed during my Mother’s Mental Health experience for me and my family, after she travelled to Harrison and Union City, New Jersey where her second brother and other Cuban-American friends remember her life in Santiago de Cuba, and Cuba.
Mental Health Awareness Month for Suicidal People in May becomes an essential issue for me as the eldest daughter in my family, especially when the Illinois Psychiatric Association does not allow me to see or meet my Mother who surprisingly is still alive—re-organizing her life as a Loyola University Alumni and a professional senior citizen under psychiatric mental health supervision in the State of Illinois, USA.

Du Page County Clerk Gary King and Elmhurst Memorial Medical Center never contacted me to inform me that my Mother was transferred to a Chicago North Shore facility near Loyola University Lake Shore Campus for Rehabilitation and Medical Treatment unbeknown to me, her eldest daughter who was abandoned as a Lombard resident homeowner in the Lilac Town, presuming that my Mother was “dead”—when she was really “unconscious” from a self-inflicted knife wound on the second floor of our Lombard home, 6 years ago.

Many psychiatric people in Chicago, Illinois survived Mental Health issues and resume their lives under the care of psychiatrists, mental health counselors, therapists, social workers, and many other mental health staff. <p>Can you imagine how Mental Health Awareness has affected and distressed my life as the eldest daughter in my family, “presuming my Mother committed suicide” when she is really alive as a senior citizen resuming her second life with other people around her, without her immediate family?

Mr. Roberto Hung Juris Doctor, Gardenia Fong Ramos Ph.D., University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.
Consulting Social Media Arts Communications

Today, the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services and Humana with the Chicago Police Department hosted the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Edgewater Senior Center in the Broadway Armory Park entertained by Tony Bernard and the Chicago Math & Science Band, from 12PM to 2PM.

Cinco de Mayo Line Dance at the Broadway Armory Park

Chicago Math & Science Band Perform At The Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Osvaldo and Esther participate in the Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Jovita Durán and Martha Perez enjoy Cinco de Mayo Celebrationl

DFSS Humana Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Chicago Department of Family & Support Services Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Humana

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.
Consulting Social Media Arts Communications

Grand China Express has crispy chicken egg rolls, a delicious Asian menu with a variety of Classic Chinese cuisine, and the best service in the Edgewater community. It is open 7 days a week for Chinese food carry out, catering or delivery. The Shrimp Fried Rice is a favorite for seafood lovers. Order out or dine inside a pleasant dining room. Enjoy fine Chinese cuisine at the Grand China Express in the Edgewater area, across from the CTA Red Line trains. Conveniently located within one block walking distance from Broadway.

Every year in May, Chicago celebrates “Older Americans Month” since 1963 to acknowledge and recognize senior citizens, their life experiences, and their achievements. As people get older every year, life changes with perceptions of time, lifestyles, age, occupation, demographics, logistics, health, fitness, and choices made during a life time.

There are life enrichment programs for Chicagoans who are now 60 years and older. Senior centers provide facilities, amenities, and programs for those who are willing to explore renewed interests, goals, and life-long dreams during a new or second chance in life.

The process of aging gracefully now involves re-defining old age by a different generation of “baby boomers” who are actually discarding clichés and outdated perceptions about old people and experiencing life with more freedom to live the way they want to live. Now in the Spring 2017, seniors can actually “Age Out Loud” and express by their example how they are living their lives as they are getting older in the new millennium. A passion for life is a new motto for the elderly who are willing to take up the challenge of “Aging Out Loud” with courage, determination, and peer group support.

The other day, I called the Social Security Administration office to find out what the current retirement age is for employees in the United States of America. After waiting 24 minutes on the telephone line, a real person answered my question by stating that a person can retire at the age of 62 years old now. In 1997, the official retirement age was 65 years old. Some people choose to have an early retirement and others choose to remain working past retirement age in the USA.

We are excited to celebrate Older Americans Month in May 2017 when “we age out loud” at the local City of Chicago DFSS senior centers near you.

The Edgewater Village meeting at the Senior Center in the Armory Park

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.
Consulting Social Media Arts Communications

The 48th Ward Presents "Teens Takeover". Join us for a free Cinco de Mayo party! #teensbeingteens hosted by the Chicago Park District and Alderman Harry Osterman in the 48th Ward, Edgewater by Lake Michigan, Chicago.

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Enjoy Rock-climbing, Dancing, Games, Crafts, Snacks, And More…Ages: 13-18 Years Old

April rain showers and drizzling dew drops permeated midnight past the twilight and into dawn’s break in the morning. Even Spring tulips are soaking wet with moisture and rain dew drops. For the Spring 2017, climate change has brought back waterproof coats and rain gear back into fashion. Rain boots are a trendy footwear for all of us to wear in diversity colors, not just in black and white.

On the last day of April, there still no end to the rain here on the Edge by Lake Michigan, in the Windy City.

I wonder if Sunday with Seniors will have a Picnic today, rain or shine? Only the Sunday weather will tell…

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