Tuesday, May 2, 2017



This past weekend Casa Circulo’s Taekwondo students attended the 48th Annual UC Open and 11th UC Yongmudo Championship at UC Berkeley.

Help us in congratulating Master Ortiz and all of Casa Circulo's Taekwondo students, THEY WON 19 MEDALS!
Master Ortiz and his students

Master Ortiz and Mia Ramirez – 1st Place!
Thank you UC Open and 11th UC Yongmudo Championship at UC Berkeley for having us! and Thank you Master Ortiz for teaching our kids!

For more information on our classes or instructors please visit us at www.circulocultural.org

Kermes - Dia del Niño 2017

This year Casa Circulo Cultural’s very own Founder and Director, Veronica Escamez, was thrilled to be asked to be a part of the Latino Community Council of Redwood City (LCCR). LCCR, in partnership with the Redwood City Library Foundation organized the fifth annual Kermes 2017 - Dia del Niño to raise funds for the Early Childhood Learning Center in Fair Oaks Library.

This event was held on April 30th, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Fair Oaks Branch Library- 2510 Middlefield Road.

The public was able to enjoy games for children, music & theater, Ballet Folklorico, food, arts & crafts, community information and much more!

Casa Circulo was not only proud of Veronica, but excited to have a face-painting booth and a free kids activity booth! Many kids enjoyed getting their faces painted by our very own Casa members. Our members also directed the arts and crafts kids activity table, and we can’t thank them enough.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and parents that support Casa Circulo every day! They are always there rooting for our kids and lending a helping hand.

SOME of our valued volunteers and members.

Lets all congratulate the real stars of the afternoon: Casa Circulo’s children!
They performed a theater piece called La Asamblea de los Ratones (The Assembly of the Mice), which they practiced long and hard. The teachers also worked tirelessly to help the kids learn their lines, prepare their dances and perform! 
La Asamblea de los Ratones
The kids also got to show off their new skills at playing the Recorder! They played 4 songs and we couldn't be prouder. (The recorder class is led by Javier Pacheco on Saturdays from 2:00pm-3:00pm)



Visit our Facebook page to see all of the Kermes - Dia del Niño 2017 photos as well as the live video feed of the kids performing: https://www.facebook.com/circulocultural.rwc/

For more information on up coming events visit our website at: www.circulocultural.org for more information.

Origami at STEAMFEST 2.0

This past weekend Casa Circulo Cultural had the honor to have a booth at the:
2017 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Fest 2.0This annual event raised money for Hot Spots and technology upgrades in Fair Oaks and Downtown Libraries.
  • Date: 04/29/2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Courthouse Square 
In partnership with the Redwood City Public Library and the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, STEAM Fest 2.0 is a family-oriented festival featuring:
  • Over 70+ exhibitors
  • Hands-on activities (with prizes for children completing 10 activities on the map)
  • Workshops and Classes
  • Contests
  • Speakers 
STEAM Fest 2.0 is about bringing academic disciplines together in a community-supported, interactive environment for tomorrow’s leaders of San Mateo County and beyond. 
STEAM Fest 2.0's mission is to inspire San Mateo County's diverse youth to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators and inventors.
If you want more information on this event please visit their page at: https://www.steamfestivalrwc.org

Casa Circulo Cultural’s booth taught ORIGAMI!

Origami is the traditional Japanese art or technique of folding paper into a variety of decorative or representational forms, as of animals or flowers.

Origami has many benefits like developing eye hand co-ordination, sequencing skills, attention skills, patience, temporal spatial skills, math reasoning etc. but according to the latest research on the brain and the work of Doctor Katrin Shumakov and Yuri Shumakov, when both hands are engaged, impellent motor impulses activate the language portion of the brain. 


Educational Benefits of Origami
  • Behavioral Skills
  • Cooperative Learning
  • A Link to Math
  • Cognitive Development
  • Multi-cultural Awareness
  • Community Building

Educational Value: A positive learning experience, Stimulation for children, Suitable for people with a learning disability, Develops hand eye co-ordination, A form of communication without language

Therapeutic Value: Promotes a feeling of achievement and well being, Positive social interaction, Can be a bridging therapy, Team building exercise, One can be a participant or observer

Flexible of Convenient: Suitable for all ages and abilities, Can be practiced anywhere, No tools required, Results in minutes, An opportunity for fun

Social Value: A goal setting experience, Share feelings and knowledge, Promotes co-operation and well being, Breaks down barriers, Can be developed as a hobby


10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Visit our website at: www.circulocultural.org for more information.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Community Impact Scholarship Program (CISP)

Community Impact Scholarship Program (CISP) 2016-2017


This is the first year that Casa Circulo Cultural offered the Community Impact Scholarship Program (CISP).

The deadline for scholarship applications was Monday, January 9, 2017

The purpose of this scholarship is to help inspire and encourage High School seniors wanting to continue and complete a higher education, while promoting community service with high impact programs in our communities.

There is no gender restriction.  The top scholarship award is up to $10,000; all other finalists will receive up to a $5,000 scholarship. Applicants must either live or attend High school in San Mateo County; be university-bound with excellent academic credentials; and submitted a service project proposal and two letters of recommendation. All applicants were both paper screened and were invited to a “shark tank” project proposal interview. 

On January 25th, 2017 a jury composed of community leaders (Cristina Corpus- San Mateo County Sheriffs Office, Olivia Aranda- Atkinson Board Member, Misla Barco- Professor East Palo Alto Academy, Luis Garcia- Teacher, Connie Guerrero- Community Consultant, and Irma Lopez, Business Professional) selected five finalists to compete for the most impactful community service project that addresses community need.

The 2016-2017 CISP Finalists are:
  • Holly Chen - Carlmont HS, Project focus: Children Autism
  • Lauren Hayat - San Mateo HS, Project focus: Leadership Program for kids
  • Nikos Maheras-Occhipinti - San Mateo HS, Project focus: ELD Peer Tutoring
  • Elton Torres - Sequoia HS, Project focus: Youth At Risk
  • Christabel Soria Mendoza - Woodside HS
The four finalists have had 12 weeks to execute and implement their proposed community service projects in/around their community. The deadline to complete the project is April 18th, 2017. The finalists will present their projects to a second jury composed of community leaders on April 19th, 2017, and select the first prize winner, as well as second, third and fourth place.

Please help us in congratulating the four finalists for this year’s Community Impact Scholarship Program 2016-2017! We wish them good luck in this last week to the finish line!

For more information on CISP please visit: http://www.cccisp.org/ 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE for next years' scholarship program? 


Invest in the future of our children and our community!

How much is a lifetime of open doors worth?  What does it cost to build this country’s next generation of leaders? It costs a lot!

Donations of any amount help, small donations add up!

Also, LIKE us on FACEBOOK! https://www.facebook.com/CasaCirculoCISP/ and stay up to date with the CISP 2016-2017 Winners, next years' scholarship program, applications, deadlines, and more! 

Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's

Have you attended one of our "Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's" yet? 

Casa Circulo Cultural has had the pleasure to bring our local artists to perform at Angelica's in Redwood City, CA. 

We've had a Tributo a José José, as well as Un Canto a Latinoamérica con Elizabeth Panchano, both of which were SOLD OUT shows!


Join us for our next "Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's":

Tributo a José Alfredo Jimenez
Friday, May 5 from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
863 Main St, Redwood City, California 94063

Buy your tickets now before they sell out! To purchase your tickets please go to: http://angelicaswm.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=260042

Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's

Join us Friday, 5 de Mayo to celebrate!!! as we are hosting a tribute to the one and Only Jose Alfredo Jimenez. This tribute is being performed by Artemisa Flores, Alfredo Gomez, and Rafael Turincio. 

The main goal of this presentation is to honor and tribute the memory of the “Poet of the People” (El Poeta del Pueblo), who is probably the most iconic composer of folkloric “Ranchero” music in México. José Alfredo Jiménez-Sandoval was a Mexican singer-songwriter of rancheras, whose songs are considered an integral part of Mexico’s musical heritage.