PALCUS Announces the National 2013 Leadership Award Recipients

We are delighted to announce 2013 awardees for the 17th Annual PALCUS Leadership Awards:

 *   Founder's Award - Joe da Rosa, PALCUS Founding Member
 *   Artistic Achievement - João de Brito, Painter and Sculptor
 *   Business/Entrepreneurship - Cidalia Luis Akbar & Natalia Luis, M. Luis Construction Co.
 *   Community Service - John C. Pinheiro, Azorean Heritage Maritime Society, Inc.
 *   Corporate Community Service - TAP Portugal Airlines
 *   Young Portuguese-American "Promesa" - Nathalie Pires Cardoso, Fadista
 *   Special Community Recognition - Cabrillo Festival Committee of San Diego

Join us at the Gala to congratulate the 2013 awardees who have contributed so much to our community!

Past awardees have included, among many others:

 John G. Rebelo, PALCUS Founder & Council of 100

Mary Alice Rosa Gonsalves, PALCUS Founder & Vice Chair, Balboa Travel

Albert S. Dutra, President, Portuguese Heritage Society of California

Ana Moura, Portuguese Fadista

Meredith Vieira, The Today Show & Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Mel Ramos, Artist / Retired Professor from Cal State Hayward

LALS/LAEF/LAFF/PCU, National Portuguese Fraternal Organization

Dr. Elmano Costa, Professor of Portuguese, California State University, Stanislaus

Dr. Nathan Oliveira, Artist Professor of Meritus at Stanford University California

Portuguese-American Citizen Project

Nelly Furtado, Canadian Singer

Ticha Penicheiro, Basketball player for Sacramento Monarch

Carlos Cesar, Presidente of the Acores

Dra. Berta Cabral, International Leadership Award

Frank X. Gaspar, Literature Leadership Ward

M. Teresa paiva-Weed, Public Service Leadership Award

Katherine Vaz, Literature Leadership Ward

Joaquim Almeida - Actor, Artistic Achievement Award



Center Street Grill presents Paintings of Joao de Brito 

Center Street Grill present the works of artist Joao de Brito during the month of August 2013. Joao’s most recent series of paintings are full of color, joy and dialogue.

Painting: “Crossing Paths” 36×36 oil on canvas.

We will also be showing the works of local painters Marie Sarni and David Fleming.


Please join us for the artist reception Friday, August 2nd, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

We will have live jazz music, special and special $5 dollar ARTinis Appetizers  as well!!

Center Street Grill

1001 Center Street

Santa Cruz, CA


Joao de Brito shows work influenced by Portuguese roots in Provincetown  


The artist Joao de Brito was born in a small village on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, Portugal. He settled in California’s Monterey Peninsula, where he sculpts, paints and works in ceramic. But no matter the medium, de Brito incorporates his Portuguese roots into his work along with influences of the French fauvists and California impressionists.

De Brito arrives in Provincetown directly from Sao Miguel to show his work during the Portuguese Festival. De Brito opens his show with an artist’s reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Thanassi Gallery, 234 Commercial St.

Read more:


Notaveis dos Acores 

Pagina do Governodos Acores

Notaveis dos Acores - Artista Pintor Joao de Brito


Upcoming Group exhibit

Canvas for the Community

Please join us and find eye candy on the walls,

Opening Friday, April 26th 4-8pm

1030 41st ave, Santa Cruz, CA




Portuguese TV interview on RTP Acores via Skype

Portuguese interview via  Skype April 1st, with Luciano Barcelos from the Acores TV program

This program bridges the gap between television and the Internet.


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