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International Singalong Celebrates Cultural Diversity at Stevenson House

Original post made by ThomasMPamilla on Jun 28, 2011

Earlier this month, Stevenson House residents, friends and families - along with Mayor Sid Espinosa - celebrated the cultural diversity of Stevenson House with an international BBQ, talent show and singalong.

Talent show performances included a beautiful piano solo as well as amazing vocal performances spanning multiple styles and languages. Everyone at the event joined together to sing songs from around the world including popular Russian song "Moscow Nights", Irish tribute song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", well-known Cuban song "Guantanamera", South African "Pata-Pata" and "California Here I Come" (our unofficial state song).

The event demonstrated how music transcends age, language and background, connecting people unlike anything else. For over 40 years, Stevenson House has provided affordable housing in Palo Alto for a diverse group of low-income seniors, where they are able to live independently and age with dignity. For more information about Stevenson House, please visit

Comments (5)

Posted by Tom Pamilla, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I am always impressed by the depth of talent at Stevenson House.

Posted by Bob Wachs, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

What a great afternoon--and the food was fantastic, too!

Posted by Jane David, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I moved my mom to Stevenson House from Oklahoma five years ago. What a joy to find such a warm diverse community with wonderful activities at a fraction of the cost of most senior housing in the area -- and five minutes from my house!

Posted by Florence Buatois, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jun 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Stevenson House: a great place to live and be happy!

Posted by Carroll Harrington, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I am a bit biased because my daughter, Beth Colehower, organized the event, which was a huge success! Notice the Tibetan-style peace flags across the top of the photo. Several weeks ago each resident made one of the triangles with a map cutout showing where they came from, a photo of themselves and some other personal information. There was also a large map on which residents marked their places of origin. Many of these ideas have come from the residents. Beth's two daughters and her husband also came and joined in the activities. Lots of happy faces at Stevenson House!!!!

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