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🎵 PRELUDE: Let Down

Flor de Toloache is an all-female mariachi band based in New York City. The band was founded by Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol in 2008. Fun fact, the group’s name came from the delirium-inducing Mexican flower that was used as a love potion for generations.

In 2017 they won a Latin Grammy for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” for their second studio album Las Caras Lindas. In 2019, they were nominated for a Grammy for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album” for their third studio album Indestructible. They performed at the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in 2019 to pay homage to Linda Ronstadt.

Flor de Toloache will be performing at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY on Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are still available for this special performance. 

— ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.

📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features

Pub Crawl 2022

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A tour of Westchester’s tried-and-true (and relatively new) taverns and pubs

My Reflections on Ukraine

The unique threat of right-wing nationalism on steroids takes center stage — and it’s a horror show

Robert E. Lee and Me

In his latest book and upcoming lecture in Peekskill, retired army general and history professor Ty Seidule challenges our deeply held beliefs and assumptions about the Confederacy

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend (and Beyond)

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Scenic ice skating outdoors; celebrate International Women’s Day; making the most of chocolate(!); musical events to enjoy; and more

Saving Hearts, Saving Lives

How two Westchester neighbors are leading the effort to prevent sudden cardiac deaths in local communities

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • County Legislator Gashi Launches Bid for Congressional Seat: Westchester County Legislator Vedat Gashi is setting his sights on Congress. Gashi, a Yorktown resident who was elected to his second term on the Board of Legislators last November, is gathering signatures to run a Democratic primary against incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman on June 28. (Examiner)

  • Recording Artist Amy Grant to Perform Free Concert at Graymoor: Amy Grant, who has earned several accolades throughout the course of her decorated career as a recording artist, will bring her talents to the Holy Mountain at Graymoor in Garrison on Thursday, March 10 for a night of story and song as part of our 2022 Atonement Franciscan Assembly. (Examiner)

  • Chick-Fil-A Planning Its First Westchester Location: The proposed new store would be located at the site of an HSBC Bank slated to be torn down on Central Park Avenue. (Patch)

  • Westchester County Police Launch New Mobile Phone App: The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is launching a new mobile app to enable residents and visitors to receive emergency notifications and traffic alerts, learn more about county police programs and services and connect with officers in a new way. (Examiner)

  • Latimer: Westchester is Safer Today Than Four Years Ago: County Executive George Latimer unveiled statistics last week showing sharp drops in all major crime categories over the past four years in Westchester. (Examiner)

  • Westchester SPCA Aeeks Volunteer ‘Puppy Soothers’: The Westchester SPCA is looking for its next group of volunteers to become their “puppy soothers.” (News 12)



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