September 28, 2011

Harold Hunter's Re-food non-profit anti-hunger project

Today I bring to my blog a social issue.I worked as a social worker for several years so I am sensitive to these kind of actions. Harold Hunter is an american and he lives in Lisbon. Watch him colecting food from restaurants and riding his bike on Lisbon streets. He and all volunteers use a bike to deliver food. Yes, as he says, hunger on the streets of Lisbon unlike Africa's hunger hurts the spirit more than the belly. He has sixty volunteers. The man in white shirt was homeless so he knows where the needed people live and has an important role in the project. The woman with fur coat once had a good life but before this help arrived she and her kids were eating just rice and pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner.They adequate food to each person's type, food for the young is different from food for the old people. If people doesn't want to give their name because they are ashame of their condition they respect that.Lots of dignity and solidarity in this action and an example that can be implemented any city, in Portugal or in the world.
Re-food is the name of the project. It's a non-profit project, founded as an instrument to facilitate the redirection of un-served left-over food to hungry people. Re-food is not looking for monetary donations. All they seek is volunteers and material. The projet aims to reduce hunger in urban environments by redirecting un-served, left-over food directly to the hungry people closest to the donating sources.
The project seeks to enlist local "sources" of prepared meals and secure their daily "over-production" to be delivered immediately to hungry people in the same locale who do not have the means to purchase food. Creating a "human bridge" that will connect those who have a daily surplus with those who have a daily need is the primary function of the re-food team - collecting and delivering by bicycle each day.
The project was developed in Lisbon, Portugal during 2010. Only in early 2011 it was realized that that work had already been done - by António Costa Pereira who singlehandedly moved the status quo to a new and, we hope, receptive attitude.Everyone is talking about Re-food and chances are that many will join to help.Portugal faces troubled times and in the short future many will need this precious help thats feeds not only the body but also hope.

September 25, 2011

Zazzle Halloween party invitations? Find it right here!

Autumn is here and so it's time to start thinking about Halloween

I must say that I don't have any Halloween party invitations on my Zazzle store. I know I have a postcard there and maybe a magnet with a little witch. But after finding all this wonderful works I really think it's hard to draw something original and really fresh - there are lots of cute, scary, funny, horrible and awesome Halloween Party Invitations on Zazzle, in fact I was having trouble to stop my research! If you're looking for inspiration to start your own Zazzle Halloween products or if you want to through a Halloween party and really need some invitations, welcome! Cats, bats, monsters, witches are waiting for you!
Trick or Treat Party invitation

Fun Halloween Party Invitation invitation

Cute Halloween Party Invitation invitation

Sexy Witch Adult Halloween Party Invitation invitation

Halloween invitation
Halloween by fancybelle
Shop for invites on Zazzle

September 21, 2011

Share a little FRESH AIR - Open your heart!

Got an email from Sarah Wilson, she's Fresh Air Fund Outreach Coordinator and it goes like this: I wanted to thank you again for helping to support the Fresh Air Fund this past Summer. You've helped support the efforts of our local volunteer leaders to recruit more dedicated host families who are willing to open their homes to a Fresh Air child for up to two weeks during the summer. By sharing our Volunteer Host Family Program and wonderful summer memories, we were able to spread the word to other potential supporters, who help to keep our programs flourishing. With your help, thousands of Fresh Air children embarked on free summer vacations this summer. I was hoping you could post a mention on A Portuguese Love to keep the Fresh Air Fund alive in the minds of your readers and followers. Even a Tweet or Facebook post could help.

Hello readers! I really like the way Fresh Air Fund works. I am a fan of this project. It has been several years now since I wrote about it for the first time. Each time they asked me to tweet or write on my blog I did. And I will keep doin it, I have such a happy feeling about  it. They are doing a wonderful job.They are giving children the oportunity to grow with memorable experiences. And they do it so well. I even feel I met Sara as she often takes some time to answer my emails' comments. See, I am nobody, I live across the ocean, far from the United States, all I do is tweet and write about this wonderful programme and Sara gives me all her attention. That's how they work. They are in the business of making friends across distance. I believe that all these children that are hosted with families will make friends for life and families that have them in their houses too. It's such a warmth and generous idea in this more and more troubled world. We should cherish it and help to promote it. I never say no to Sara and I hope you do not say no to me and help spread the word about Fresh Air Fund too. Grab a video or a button here! And now, enjoy the video, open your heart!

September 18, 2011

Portuguese Pastrana Tapestries Exhibition in USA

 1471-1475, wool and silk tapestry, overall: 400 x 1082 cm (157 1/2 x 426 in.),
Photos: The National Gallery, Paul M.R. Maeyaert, Dennis Brack/Black Star

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The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is where you can watch The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries. The Pastrana Tapestries will remain at the museum from September 18, 2011 through January 8, 2012. They  are among the finest Gothic tapestries in the world. They were made to commemorate the conquest of two strategically located cities in Morocco by the king of Portugal, Afonso V (1432–1481). 

The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery and the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid in association with the embassies of Spain and Portugal, the Spain-USA Foundation, and with the cooperation of the embassies of Belgium and Morocco in Washington, DC, as well as the Diocese of Sigüenza-Guadalajara and the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Pastrana, Spain. 

From Washington, the Pastrana Tapestries will travel to the Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas (February 5–May 13, 2012); the San Diego Museum of Art (June 10–September 9, 2012); and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (October 5, 2012–January 6, 2013). The exhibition was made possible through the support of the governments of Spain, Belgium and Portugal.

 The Conquest of Tangier, (detail) c. 1471-1475, wool and silk tapestry, 
overall: 400 x 1082 cm (157 1/2 x 426 in.) 

More information about ? Read Washington Post's art review, here!

Oktoberfest from German to USA


What’s Oktoberfest?
Zazzle has featured Oktoberfest products in front page. We don't have this kind of celebration in Portugal. So I went to Wikipedia for some facts. For me it Oktoberfest just meant beer and music! I realized that it takes place not in German only. 
Oktoberfest is a 16–18 day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. (In German, "Oktober" means October, and "Fest", means party or festival). It’s the world’s largest fair – 5 million of people go there every year. It has been held since 1810.

 The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called Wiesn for short, located near Munich's center. Only beer which is brewed within the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served in this festival. Beer was first served in glass mugs in 1892. Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food. If you go to German know how to ask for it:

- Hendl (chicken) 
- Schweinebraten (roast pork)
- Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock) 
- Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick) 
- Würstl (sausages)  
- Brezn (Pretzel) 
- Knödel (potato or bread dumplings) 
- Kasspatzn (cheese noodles) 
- Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) 
- Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage) 

Traditional visitors wear during the Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte), which contain a tuft of goat hair. The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be.

To keep the Oktoberfest, and especially the beer tents, friendly for older people and families, until 6:00 pm, the tents only play quiet music. Only after that will Schlager and pop music be played. The music played in the afternoon is limited to 85 decibels. With these rules, the organizers of the Oktoberfest were able to curb the over-the-top party mentality and preserve the traditional beer tent atmosphere.

The Oktoberfest is known as the Largest Volksfest (People's Fair) in the World. This festival was first held to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Then German immigrants brought the tradition with them to the United States. Lots of places like Leavenworth in the USA also celebrate Oktoberfest. Check this site for La Crosse 's annual autumn festival or Cincinnati's  . In Brazil it’s also popular at Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, Ceará, and São Paulo.

 I selected some Oktoberfest Zazzle products to help you get in the spirit!

Oktoberfest T-Shirt shirt
Oktoberfest T-Shirt by Oktoberfest_TShirts
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