Our Lady of Guadalupe Church claims a special place in the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez, the founder of the organization that became the United Farm Workers. It was at the church that Chavez heard the words of Jesuit missionary Fr. Donald McDonnell and was inspired to begin his civil-rights work. Because of this, the parish and its hall—named for McDonnell—are in the process of being designated a National Historic Landmark; however, the buildings are in need of restoration before they can be named as such.
The Mariachis Para Guadalupe benefit concert aims to help the parish restore its buildings and expand its social-service projects and programs, which include literacy, gang-prevention, immigration, and mental-health services. Throughout the evening, mariachi bands from all over Northern California gather and rotate between two stages, presenting their traditional folk-style music. An all-you-can-eat taco bar with drinks keeps mariachi aficionados sated, and a Mexican-style plaza offers crafts and other food.
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Licensed aesthetician Laurie of Eternal Glow Aesthetics works to help patrons overcome skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and hyperpigmentation. But she also makes sure she does so in a comfortable and elegant atmosphere. In the studio, an ornate chandelier illuminates purple walls and hardwood floors while Laurie brushes faces with a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wand or cloaks skin with chemical peels. Laurie, who previously worked with a skincare manufacturer, puts that expertise to use while researching new elixirs and technology for medical spas. Beneath shelves of skincare products from brands such as DermaQuest Skin Therapy, AFA, and glominerals, she also applies makeup to beautify clients.