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: 

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! 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:

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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TAEKWONDO at Casa Circulo Cultural

One of our biggest classes at Casa Circulo Cultural is TaekwondoTaekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Almost every student at Casa Circulo takes this class. We have three levels– Beginners Kinder, Beginners Youth, and Intermediate/Advanced.

About our instructor: Master Ortiz is 5th in the arts of Taekwondo and is a certified instructor by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) and WTF (World Taekwondo Federation).  He is a national referee of combat and forms in the USA Taekwondo. He started his training at nine years old in Moo Duk Kwan Iztapalapa in Mexico City, and was also part of a youth team of Mexico, where he participated in two Pan American tournaments. Toward the end of the 1990’s he moved to California and underwent knee surgery as well as back surgery. After rehabilitation, in 2004, he began to teach Taekwando in private schools in Redwood City and Mountain View.

Our kids at Casa Circulo have been awarded many Taekwondo trophies and medals, the most recently attended tournament was the Nor Cal Tae Kwon Do Championship in Pleasanton, California. Five of our students attended, they received 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. They also received a trophy for Best Over-All School! *round of applause!*

Top: Master Ortiz
Bottom Left to Right: Emmanuel Rodriguez, Mia Villa, Breanna Rivera, Amy Morales, Jefrey Regalo

Thank you Nor Cal Tae Kwon Do for having us! and Thank you Master Ortiz for teaching our kids!

For more information on our classes or instructors please visit us at

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Did you hear about our new program?

Casa Circulo Cultural has partnered up with SAL (Sheriffs Activity League) to offer you a tremendous opportunity to explore and celebrate Mexican cultural heritage and traditions through the Baile de Folklorico Program.

The students in this program will learn dance techniques associated with selected regions of Mexico. Most importantly, this program provides youth with important leadership opportunities and skills, and allows them to express themselves through dance.

Baile de Folklorico Program – children dancing in their traditional Mexican skirts on their first class 

On SATURDAY, September 3, 2016 Casa Circulo launched the first class of a ten-week program. Our amazing dance teacher Patricia Aceves had lots of fun meeting new children and dancing with them. The students left with big smiles on their faces and ready to come back next week!

Length: 10 weeks long
Start Date: September 3rd
Time: Fridays at 6:30 pm OR Saturdays at 10:00am
Fee:  $20.00 a month (=$50.00  for 10 weeks).

For more information on how to apply please go to or email us at

On behalf of Casa Circulo Cultural, we’d like to send a special thanks to SAL for partnering up with us for this program!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Before I give you some GOOD NEWS… let’s recap this past Friday night:

FRIDAY, August 24th was a great night! Casa Circulo Cultural hosted its first Paint and Wine Night! It was held at Casa Circulo from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Our very talented art teacher Lourdes Morante-Mieses, or Lulu as we call her, was the instructor of the night. Maestra Lulu studied art at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and she’s had her works of art in more than nine art expositions. She also has over 10 years of experience as an art teacher for kids. (Casa Circulo does have art classes for kids during the week, please visit our website for more information

The night included: a blank canvas, art materials, a glass of wine, and an awesome teacher. That night we painted a nature piece, with mountains, trees, grass, and a river.


Casa Circulo Cultural will continue to host a Paint and Wine Night on the third Friday of every month!! You don’t have to know how to paint and you don’t need experience because we will teach you step by step.

Follow our Facebook page at or our website at for the next Paint and Wine Night date and pricing and information.

On August 20, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial Center in Redwood City, Casa Circulo Cultural presented us with another spectacular concert – a tribute to Jose Jose.

Jose Jose is a Mexican singer, musician and occasional actor. He started participating in festivals and contests around Mexico City at a young age. "El Mundo" and "Mi Vida" were the songs featured on his first single, released in 1965. He then climbed the most important Latin charts with "De Pueblo en Pueblo," 1973's "Hasta Que Vuelvas," 1974's "Déjame Conocerte," 1975's "Sentimientos," 1976's "Paloma," and the 1977 smash "Gavilan o Paloma."

Casa Circulo opened the evening with a beautiful video introducing Jose Jose with a special voice message to Casa Circulo. The first song of the night was “Oberrura” played on the piano by our very own piano teacher Javier Pacheco. We also had performances by Rafael Turincio, Alfredo Gomez, and Sofía Rojas with Raúl D’Mauries on the bass, Josh Rauber on guitar and Daniel Rojas on the drums.

It was a night to remember!

Be sure to stay up to date through our Facebook page or website at for more information on up coming events. We would love to see you at the next one!