Psst! Here is a WONDERFUL opportunity for MommyMaestra readers in the San Francisco area. Tomorrow night, Opera Parallèle will perform “Xochitl and the Flowers” at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Third-grade students of the Alvarado Elementary School Spanish Immersion Program in San Francisco will be performing in the opera. ♥♥♥
The opera is based on the children's book (same name) by Latino poet and author, Jorge Argueta, who is a refugee from El Salvador. If you haven't read it, my latest article for NBC News features him and the amazing way he is giving back to the children in his hometown of San Salvador with the Library of Dreams.
Jorge's book, Xochitl and the Flowers is a beautiful immigration story about a young girl, Xochitl (SOH-cheel), whose family moves to the United States leaving their small flower business behind. It is all about starting a new life and prospering.
I SO wish that I could attend! But maybe you can? If so, here are all the details. Please, take some pictures and tell me all about it!!
WHAT: “Xochitl and the Flowers” opera for families
WHEN: 6 p.m. Nov. 17; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 19
WHERE: Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St., San Francisco
COST: FREE admission, reservations recommended