Latin American markets, Afro-Cuban jazz: February Cultura Guide

Plus, don’t miss these community happenings throughout the month

Latin American markets, Afro-Cuban jazz: February Cultura Guide

Plus, don't miss these community happenings throughout the month

Latin American markets, Afro-Cuban jazz y más este Febrero

Saludos! I’m starting this Febrero loco keeping my eyes peeled for pink, heart-shaped conchas this month. ?

Gracias a todos who recently joined the Austin Vida familia and those who continue to support our efforts. Nuestro newsletter below includes:

Más Community: We highlight local community events and volunteer opportunities. Learn how you can say good-bye to the soon-to-be-closed La Mexicana Bakery. Sniff, sniff!

?Sí Se Puede: Let’s recognize inspiring local folks pushing our comunidad forward. Check out the Champions of Change nominees plus how you can soon see the archives for comic series "El Peso Hero."

?Learn when we plan to relaunch our site in our #AustinVidaRoadtoRelaunch section below where we post updates on our progress, thanks to your support.

Lastly, plan ahead with your FREE Cultura Guide. Here’s the link:

Austin Vida February Cultura Guide PDF


Nancy Flores, Austin Vida editor & publisher

La Peña art gallery’s annual Toma Mi Corazón fundraiser starts Feb. 5. Folks can bid on the heart-shaped pieces that will be auctioned. Anna Marie Sanchez Varela’s artwork titled ‘For the Love of Chente, Vicente Fernández’ is among the pieces included in the online auction.

What’s in February’s Cultura Guide?

  • Ways to honor Black History Month
  • Must-see live música
  • Where to see artwork by one of Latin America’s most significant contemporary artists
  • How to be part of a beloved local Valentine’s tradition
  • Places to keep your panza llena with Latin American cuisine

And much more! ?????

Más Community

Got a March community event you’d like to submit for consideration? Hit reply or send to

  • ?Head to La Mexicana Bakery! We will miss the tres leches, conchas, late-night tacos y más. After 30 years, the beloved South First Street bakery is closing its doors. Make a plan to visit before its last day on Feb. 16. Owner Jesús Becerra, 62, is retiring and, according to the Austin American-Statesman, a developer has purchased the 5,500-square-foot building. The bakery will give away pan dulce on its last day.
  • ?Apply! Tell a student! The Pan American Round Table has various student scholarships available. Due March 7. Info here.
  • ? New Austin Public Health COVID-19 testing site has opened at Metz Elementary. Bilingual staff available. Walk-ins welcome, but registrations encouraged. Sign up here. Testing available through Feb. 21.
  • ?? ??‍♀️ Casa Marianella, a shelter for displaced immigrants, is seeking volunteers to help drive residents to their appointments, sort donations and more. Email for info. Details here.

Sí Se Puede

Did you or someone you know receive an honor we should know about? Let us know by emailing us at for newsletter consideration.

  • ✨ Kudos to all of the nominees of Austin nonprofit startup accelerator DivInc’s annual Champions of Change award. Winners will be announced March 3 and the event benefits DivInc’s programming to support underrepresented startup innovators. Some nominees include: Mando Rayo, founder of The New Philanthropists, Monica Maldonado, founder of MAS Cultura and Denise Hernandez, deputy director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Travis County Attorney’s Office.
  • ?Good news for all of us! The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection has acquired a donation of materials related to the comic series "El Peso Hero" by Héctor Rodríguez, an educator and comic book creator. He’s the founder of the Texas Latino Comic Con. We can’t wait for this all to be available publicly.

Austin Vida #RoadtoRelaunch

Austin Vida began the new year by being highlighted in an article by a global leader in journalism, the Poynter Institute.?We were among the featured newsrooms creating ways to connect via local journalism during pandemic times.

At the height of the pandemic, we began publishing our popular monthly Cultura Guides, then expanded our monthly community newsletter.

Now, we are working on relaunching the site with community + culture articles that will continue to amplify and celebrate our cultura and gente’s stories. We’re aiming for a spring launch and will continue to keep you posted as we always do in this space. In the meantime, let us know what kind of stories you’re interested in reading. Just hit reply to this email.


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