West metro town briefs

  • Updated: December 24, 2013 - 9:27 AM

Minnetonka: Armando Camacho has been hired as president and CEO of Opportunity Partners, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Minnetonka that annually serves 1,900 people who have disabilities. For the past five years, Camacho served as president of Neighborhood House, a nonprofit organization in St. Paul that helps immigrants, refugees and low-income populations. Camacho, who will step into his new role Jan. 13, will take the reins from Henry Blissenbach, who has served as interim CEO since June 2013. David Bares, chairman of Opportunity Partners’ board, said of Camacho: “I’m excited about his strong interest and experience in working with people with disabilities and his proven leadership skills in both the human services and educational arenas.” Before leading Neighborhood House, Camacho worked for St. Paul public schools, where he was assistant director of alternative learning programs. He was also principal of Whittier International Elementary School in Minneapolis. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in special education and holds a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University in Winona. He was born in Puerto Rico and came to St. Paul at age 6. His wife, Angela Camacho, is an elementary school teacher in the Roseville public schools. They have two children.

Bloomington: The Bloomington Theatre and Art Center and Bloomington Civic Theatre will present “Striking 12” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to benefit youth education and outreach programs. The $50 ticket price includes the performance and a post-show reception with the cast. Bloomington Civic Theatre has provided hundreds of free theater tickets to Project Success, a youth organization serving Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools and Hillcrest Community School, Bloomington’s first arts magnet school. The theater and art center is at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd. “Striking 12” weaves a modern-day New Year’s Eve into Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl.” This hybrid of musical theater and live concert tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker whose resolve to spend New Year’s Eve alone crumbles when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer. For tickets, call 952-563-8575 or go to btacmn.org.

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