Allyson Escobar

Allyson Escobar

passionately pursuing purpose.

Freelance journalist, writer, digital producer and blogger for both print and digital media. I fancy a cup of coffee, current events, pop culture, and telling stories that encourage and inspire.

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Becoming his witnesses: Reaching young adult Catholics through ...

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Coffeehall Chinatown: Brewing Community and Rotating Roasters (KCET Food & Living)

Located at Mandarin Plaza in the heart of Los Angeles’ Chinatown, CoffeeHall is a “showroom” for local specialty coffee shops and roasters to bring the best of their product. The “pop-up” concept departs from the traditional café or chain, inviting shop owners to sell their coffee and showcase their process for a three-day residency to Chinatown locals and visitors.

The Press-Enterprise

Recent strides raise Inland awareness of Alzheimer’s

As the Inland population ages, the number of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients are growing. Recent strides – from a new marketing push, a new office and new partnerships – will help raise awareness of the disease and bring resources and a sense of community to Inland patients.

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Actress Asia Jackson Wants to Take on 'Colorism,' Redefine Filipino Beauty (NBC Asian America)

Growing up half black and half Filipino, Asia Jackson was not always comfortable in her own skin.

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Los Angeles Times

Orange County's first modern streetcar plans to be the future of transit on track (Times OC)

Living carefree and car-free is what the Orange County Transportation Authority’s latest Measure M-funded project — called OC Streetcar — hopes to do for county residents, commuters and tourists.

Going deeper: Chino Hills parish offers ministries to address post-Confirmation journey of young Catholics

One parish in the Diocese of San Bernardino aims to walk alongside newly baptized and confirmed Catholics in the post-Easter season of mystagogia – through formal classes, online education, service opportunities, evangelization programs, and retreats.

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SteelCraft: An Urban Eatery Restoring Community Over a Shared Meal (KCET Food and Living)

Driving down Long Beach Boulevard, on the corner of Bixby Road, one cannot miss SteelCraft. The open-air style urban eatery, built entirely of repurposed shipping containers from the nearby Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, is both colorful and inviting. “The concept started with the desire to create a gathering space here in the Bixby Knolls community, over really good food. It seems like a simple idea, but we wanted to create it in a brick and mortar, which really fit the distinct, diverse culture of our city.”

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Women-Led Mosque Opens to Build Place Where 'Everyone Is Welcome' (NBC News)

"We need to have spaces that are safe for women — especially immigrants — to engage, where they're not being oppressed or judged. It's time for us to have either our own mosque, or to have a different configuration than the ones that exist," said Rabi'a Keeble, founder of the Qal'bu Maryam Women's Mosque in Berkeley, CA.

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Los Angeles Times

Photographer shows off coastal Orange County through his smartphone (Times OC)

Costa Mesa photographer and business consultant Don Murray, 56, started taking landscape photos with his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, hoping to push the boundaries of smartphone photography to mirror the high-quality, vibrant images of expensive digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

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Labobatory: Raising the Boba Bar (KCET Food & Living)

Labobatory in San Gabriel hopes to stand out among the threshold, with its custom craft boba and alcoholic drinks. “Boba has improved pretty significantly over the years, but there has yet to be true innovation … and that’s what I’m trying to do,” said 28-year-old Elton Keung, the owner and self-titled “BobaMaster” behind the new Labobatory in San Gabriel, CA.

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The Press-Enterprise

Living with autism in the 1940s was difficult; just ask the Allen family (Press-Enterprise)

For many families in the 1940s, having a family member with a developmental disorder — such as autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and genetic and intellectual disabilities — often meant putting their loved ones in state hospitals and institutions. Parents were left with no other choice — especially without the proper resources, education, support groups and disability centers of today.

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Tear down the walls: 'Open Bethlehem' (OC Catholic)

Sometimes, the greatest life experiences can happen in the littlest of towns. That’s what Leila Sansour, filmmaker of the 2014 documentary ‘Open Bethlehem,’ discovered about the past five years of creating and campaigning in her hometown of Bethlehem—the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
While exploring the magnitude of the historic event over 2,000 years ago, Sansour’s film also intimately documents what’s happening in the little town of Bethlehem today.

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The Press-Enterprise

Riverside woman turns 100 — the same year her century plant blossoms (Press-Enterprise)

In a twist of coincidence, Helen Wall has turned 100 the same year that her century plant has bloomed.

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Embrace trust in a thirsting, divided world, says Congress keynote speaker Msgr. Raymond East (Angelus News)

Attendees were invited to think about global solidarity and embracing full trust in God, who holds the world in his hands — aptly setting the theme for the Religious Ed Congress morning keynote given by Msgr. Raymond G. East, pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

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Farewell to Bishop Solis (Angelus News)

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles was a place of celebration, farewells and well wishes, as religious, deacons and lay faithful from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered for an evening send-off Mass for Auxiliary Bishop Oscar A. Solis on Feb. 1.