Eleven Years On, Mama Art Cafe Still a Premier Cultural Hub in the Excelsior

Paolo Acosta Cabezas, a luchador and Ed Ramirez at one of Mama Art Cafe’s many events. (Photograph courtesy of Eduardo Ramirez)

Since it opened 11 years ago, Mama Art Cafe on Mission Street has become an integral part of the artistic, cultural and social fabric of the Excelsior.

Proprietors Ed Ramirez and Paolo Acosta Cabezas wear more hats than the Stetson company sells in a year. Cultural ambassadors, patrons of the arts, social entrepreneurs, community activists and consultants are only a few of the roles they play in their efforts to serve the community. Continue Reading →

Senior Transportation Fair Shows Need for Improved Service

Senior Transportation (site)

When you cannot drive and there’s no easy way to get around, staying at home- isolated from friends and community- becomes the easiest option.

Reliable, accessible, safe transportation allows seniors and people with disabilities to maintain their independence and stay connected. A 2004 study by the Washington-based Surface Transportation Policy Project found that “seniors age 65 and older who no longer drive make 15 percent fewer trips to their doctors, 59 percent fewer trips to shop or eat out, and 65 percent fewer trips to visit friends and family than drivers of the same age.” Continue Reading →

Ocean View Branch Library ‘a Life Changing’ Service Provider in OMI


Library a Hub of Activity But Could Use Help

Some may believe that libraries are meant for silent studying and reading, but the Ocean View Branch Library offers video-gaming, family storytime and other services that, according to branch manager and librarian Lise Braden, “can be life-changing.” When you walk through the front door of the library, you are greeted by colorful banners above the librarian’s desk. To the left, you can find the adult section which includes a bulletin with job opportunities and other resources. The teen and children’s areas, featuring books, toys and computers, are found to the right. Notably, the quote “Books are the carriers of civilization” by author Barbara Tuchman is displayed on the wall near the elevator. Continue Reading →