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Eric Julian Alvarez Celebrates First Barbershop Quartet Performance

California-based landscaper Eric Julian Alvarez is celebrating his first performance as a member of a local barbershop quartet.

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Eric Julian Alvarez is pleased to be celebrating his first public performance as a member of a local barbershop quartet. According to Eric Julian Alvarez, being part of such a niche part of the music scene means that it was difficult for his quartet to get off the ground, so their first public performance is a big deal to him and the other members of the group.

“I don’t know what possessed us to start a barbershop quartet, but I think it may have to do with the fact that it is a dying art with a very niche audience,” comments Eric Julian Alvarez. “That’s the main reason we are so excited to start performing together.”

Eric Julian Alvarez, who sings melody in the quartet, is also considering trying to start a local chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, or SPEBSQSA. For Eric Julian Alvarez, performance and rehearsal are only one aspect of being involved in music – the rest is about community.

“I’m interested in SPEBSQSA because I’m interested in community building with other musicians. I’m sure there are interested parties out there,” says Eric Julian Alvarez. “There are definitely at least four of us!”
According to Eric Julian Alvarez, the appeal of barbershop quartet singing is in the a cappella nature of the music. “A cappella,” according to Eric Julian Alvarez, is a form of vocal musical performance with no instrumental accompaniment. For Eric Julian Alvarez, whose musical roots include singing along with his own guitar, singing in a group with no accompanying instruments is an interesting and very enjoyable deviation from his own self-cultivated musical hobby.

Eric Julian Alvarez also enjoys the friendships he has cultivated with the other three members of the quartet. “We don’t have a name for our group yet,” says Eric Julian Alvarez. “But we are working on it. If we are going to keep performing – and we plan to – we need something catchy and fun that our audiences will enjoy!”

Eric Julian Alvarez and his fellow quartet members do intend to keep performing, and hope to take their music to new venues in the future.

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Eric Julian Alvarez Celebrates 8 Years of Community Service

Noted landscaper Eric Julian Alvarez is celebrating his involvement in community service for 8 years.

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Eric Julian Alvarez is pleased to announce that he has now been involved in a number of community service projects for the past 8 years. While his beginnings in community service were based mostly around working in animal shelters, Eric Julian Alvarez has now branched out into other service projects, namely an international organization that works to support rural communities in Kenya.

For Eric Julian Alvarez, being involved in community service is extremely important. In all aspects of his life, Eric Julian Alvarez has good will toward others in mind, whether animals or other people. For this reason, Eric Julian Alvarez has rescued three retired racing greyhounds, an undertaking that was inspired by his early work in animal shelters.

“I still work with my local shelter,” says Eric Julian Alvarez. “I started there, and I’m staying there. I think if you are looking to help out in your community, volunteering at your local animal shelter is a great idea.”

Eric Julian Alvarez’s humble beginnings have branched into newer endeavors. Along with a group of other philanthropists, Eric Julian Alvarez conducted multiple fundraisers to help out a rural Kenyan village.

“That has been a wonderful – and continuous – project. The first time we did it, we were working on improving the running water and irrigation system. As a landscaper, that was of particular importance to me. Now we are working on an animal husbandry program,” says Eric Julian Alvarez. The goal of this program? A dairy goat for every family, says Eric Julian Alvarez.

According to Eric Julian Alvarez, providing goats for a rural community, like the one he works with in Kenya, is a great way to support the community’s self-sustainment and development. Eric Julian Alvarez knows that goats provide dairy and protein through milk and meat, which are important aspects of human nutrition.

Eric Julian Alvarez believes that everyone who can should be involved in service projects, whether locally or abroad. For Eric Julian Alvarez, being a part of both international and home-based efforts provides a wonderful balance for his life. Eric Julian Alvarez looks forward to many future years of service.

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Eric Julian Alvarez Announces 4th Service Trip to Kenya

California-based landscape worker Eric Julian Alvarez is announcing his 4th service trip to Kenya to work with a rural village.

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Eric Julian Alvarez is pleased to be announcing his 4th service trip to a remote village in Kenya. Eric Julian Alvarez has been involved in projects with this rural Kenyan community for a number of years with a group of service-minded people. Together, Eric Julian Alvarez and the rest of his team have been involved in a number of fundraising endeavors for various community development projects and have also traveled thrice prior to this 4th trip in order to implement these programs.

The first program that Eric Julian Alvarez implemented with the group of volunteers was a fundraising project that raised enough money to bring a consistently functional irrigation system to the community in Kenya that they have been working with. As a landscaper, Eric Julian Alvarez was particularly invested in this project.

“It took a fair amount of funds and three different trips, but the community we work with now has running water and a reliable irrigation system for growing fresh vegetables. It’s amazing what we have accomplished by working together – not just the volunteers, but the community members in Kenya,” says Eric Julian Alvarez. “We are so excited to be working with the community members – we love when everyone gets a chance to know each other through the work.”

The first three trips revolved around implementing the running water and irrigation system, but this fourth trip represents an entirely new project for Eric Julian Alvarez and his crew of volunteers.

“We are working on something new. This time, it’s animal husbandry,” says Eric Julian Alvarez. “Now that the community has a reliable way to grow produce, we are working on bringing in dairy goats. The goal is a goat for each family.”

According to Eric Julian Alvarez, bringing in goats is a great long-term investment for any rural community. Goats are a great source of milk and protein, says Eric Julian Alvarez. Additionally, many kinds of goats also produce fiber that can be knit or woven.

Eric Julian Alvarez and his volunteer team are greatly looking forward to working with the community on this new project and even more similar programs in the future.

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