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Celebrate Women's History Month with Art, Music, and Cupcakes

Mar 28, 2018 01:40PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Manhattan Beach Library will wrap up Women's History Month on Saturday, March 31, with a lively celebration that will appeal to all of the senses with music, art, and food.

The event, to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will feature an outdoor art installation by local artist Virginia Vilchis, and cupcakes from Southern Girl Desserts. Between 11:00 a.m. and noon, La Victoria - an all-female mariachi band - will perform on the library lawn. 

"Our hope is to bring the community together in a fun and educational way," said Melissa McCollum, the community library manager at the Manhattan Beach Library.

The Los Angeles-based La Victoria was created in 2015 by Mary Alfaro (guitar), Vaneza Calderón (guitarrón), and Rosalie Rodriguez (violin). All three musicians have professional backgrounds in mariachi music, and a commitment to both preserving traditional folk standards and creating music that is relevant for today.

Virginia Vilchis is a local mixed media artist who uses a variety of textures and abstract qualities to create her paintings, which are a compilation of oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels, as well as fabrics and collage. Born in Mexico, she first came to the United States at age 14 as a farmworker in Bakersfield. She overcame significant odds to complete her education and become an artist. Her works have been exhibited in several museums as well as in private and public collections throughout the United States. Vilchis became a familiar artist to many in Manhattan Beach last year when her "Spreading the Love" exhibit appeared in Metlox Plaza during the holiday season.

Southern Girl Desserts is co-owned by "dessert divas" Catarah Hampshire and Shoneji Robison, who created this Southern-inspired dessert company in Los Angeles based on their backgrounds and family experiences in the South. They were crowned "Cupcake Wars" champions on the popular TV show in 2013.

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