May 22, 1999 |
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
February 9, 1995 |
The easiest way to arrange a quinceanera party is give the job to professionals, such as Fiesta Planners of Pasadena. This company will book the hall, rent a limousine, arrange the dinner, get the cake, hire the musicians, help with the invitations and engage a photographer and videographer. Fiesta Planners has its own hall, called Memories, its own chef and kitchen, or they will stage the party elsewhere. Costs range from $2,000 to $10,000, but the typical bill is $4,500 to $5,500.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2005 |
A Pomona man was fatally shot Saturday outside a gymnasium that had been rented for a birthday celebration, police said. The victim was identified as Luis A. Segura, 24. The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Placentia-Yorba Linda facility in the 100 block of East Crowther Avenue in Placentia, said police Sgt. Gene Stuckenschneider. The shooting occurred during a quinceanera, a traditional Latino celebration of a girl's 15th birthday.
August 4, 2006 |
"Quinceanera" takes its title from the Latino custom of celebrating a girl's 15th birthday as elaborately as a family can afford. Endearing and perceptive, it is set in picturesque Echo Park, a neighborhood rapidly undergoing gentrification. The quinceanera, in honor of Alicia Sixtos' lovely Eileen, opens the film, introducing the two young people who will be the film's central figures, along with their great-great-uncle, a street vendor and beloved community figure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2003 |
A quinceanera rehearsal turned violent in what appears to be a gang-related incident that left three people with stab wounds, police said. The rehearsal for the family event, traditionally held in Latin American communities to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday, was interrupted Thursday night when 15 to 20 men started throwing rocks at the participants, who were inside a rented hall, said Sgt. Steve Dixon. Hours later, three adults and two juveniles were arrested.
April 12, 1990 |
The day her daughter turned 14, Celia Gonzalez started to plan for the teen-ager's next birthday party. Gonzalez wanted to give her daughter, Cecilia, a traditional coming-of-age quinceanera ceremony on her 15th birthday. "My daughter deserves it," Gonzalez, 35, said in Spanish. "My parents were poor," Gonzalez said, and she did not have a quinceanera of her own. "But I promised that, if I had a daughter, I would give her that pleasure."