September 17, 1999

Children's Museum/Museo de los Niños Hosts "Fiesta Mexicana" Event in Celebration of Mexican Independence Day

The Children's Museum/Museo de los Niños will be celebrating Mexico's Independence Day by hosting its 2nd Annual "Fiesta Mexicana" event this Saturday, September 18th from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Children's Museum, which is located in downtown San Diego.

The celebration will include fun workshops for kids of all ages taught by Mexican artists. Participants will learn to make traditional Mexican art and crafts, as well as engage in games like Mexican Bingo (lotería). The Museum has also set up a special exhibit of traditional candy-making -El Niño Dulcero- where kids can learn how Mexican candy is made.

True to tradition, children from Tijuana and San Diego along with the Consul General of Mexico, will reproduce the ceremonial cry of Independence that is performed each year in Mexico. This commemorates the moment in which Miguel Hidalgo started the rebellion against the Spanish dominion along with other national heroes.

This event is sponsored by Sempra Energy, San Diego's Fortune 500 energy services company, through the Museum's Sempra Energy International School Exchange Program. Working in connection with the Consul General of Mexico, Luis Herrera-Lasso and the Cultural Center of Tijuana (CECUT), this program promotes mutual understanding between children from Tijuana and San Diego by brining together binational groups to participate in art workshops held at the Museum. More than 2,000 children from both sides of the border are expected to take part in this program during 1999. Other important sponsors of Fiesta Mexicana include: Kyocera, KBNT-TV, Radio Latina, and the Consejo Nacional para Cultura y las Artes.

The Children's Museum/Museo de los Niños is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote "Learning Through The Arts" with a special interest in binational activities for children from the San Diego-Tijuana region. The Museum is located at 200 West Island Avenue in San Diego.

For more information on the Fiesta Mexicana event, please contact the Children's Museum at (619) 233-8792.

KPBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Special Programming

From a documentary on U.S. —Mexico border issues to the profile of an Irish family exploring the Mexican jungle, KPBS Television offers special programming in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The following are programs KPBS Television offers in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"Festival for the Americas: Day of the Dead" — Examines the culture surrounding the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. In La Pacanda, Mexico, Day of the Dead mixes Christian rituals dating back to feudal Europe with ancient traditions of the Aztecs and other native peoples. The program follows the Tarascan family of Amador as they hunt and shop for food to serve at a special meal for the dead in the cemetery in La Pacanda (9/19, 2:30 p.m.).

"Chiapas" — In the summer of 1997, an Irish couple took up a long-standing invitation from an old friend to leave suburban Dubling for the Mexican jungle, as well as a political film about the Zapatista rebels and the people of Chiapas (9/23, 11 p.m.).

"...and the Earth did not Swallow him" — In KPBS' first feature film, 12-year-old Marcos, a Latino migrant worker —angry that his prayers for help in healing his sick father have gone unanswered— curses god in order to evoke the devil. However, when the devil does not appear and the earth does not swallow him, Marcos discovers that he has control over his destiny (10/14, 10 p.m.).


Pueblo Viejo San Diego Parque Histórico del Estado

Antes que los cines, TV y juegos X, los residentes de San Diego aprovechaban cualquier oportunidd para una fiesta. Visite el Parque Histórico del Estado en Pueblo Viejo San Diego y celebre al estilo de 1830, Septiembre 18, de las 12:00 p.m. a las 3:00 p.m. Esta fiesta tradicional es Gratis, y ofrece una oportunidad para ver edificios históricos, revivir con voluntarios en atuendos históricos, así como campamentos militares, herreros y otros voluntarios demostrando destrezas históricas en la Plaza. Los visitantes están invitados a probar con mano propia destrezas perdidas hace largo tiempo, de los años 1800 y participar en actividades de la fiesta. Niños y adultos pueden sellar sus Pasaportes para la Historia y recibir un regalo gratis. Este evento familiar, ofrece algo para todas las edades y la oportunidad de experimentar una fiesta como era celebrada hace 150 años.

Después de la fiesta calce sus zapatos de baile mientras que Los Californios proporcionan la música de un viejo Fandango. Consiga su atavío Mexicano o venga como guste y baile toda la noche. Voluntarios en atavíos del período, estarán a la mano para demostrar y enseñar bailes tradicionales Mexicanos. Los boletos están disponibles con anticipación en el parque o en el evento.

Unase al Parque Estatal Histórico de San Diego y con la comunidad de Pueblo Viejo en la celebración de la Herencia Mexicana en San Diego. Estacionamiento gratis está disponible en el lote de Tránsito del Parque del Estado en Calle Taylor y Pacific Highway.


Family Programs Highlight Latin American Culture


The El Cajon Branch of the San Diego County Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave., will present programs celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

Wednesday, Sept 22nd 3:30 p.m. FIESTA MEXICANA: A special program in memory of former County Librarian Debra Miller Sharabi, who was project manager for the current El Cajon Library building. This local multi-aged dance troupe performs regional dances in colorful regional costumes.

Wednesday, Sept 29th 3:30 p.m. Señor Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez, Education Coordinator of the Barrio Station, incorporates cultural songs and stories into inspiring lectures, which inform audiences about the human struggle.

For more information, phone the library, (858) 579-4416.



The Jacumba Branch of the San Diego County Library, 44605 Old Highway 80, Jacumba, will present children's programs celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

Tuesday, Sept. 21st at 4:00 p.m. Make Chilean rain sticks. Traditionally made from tree stumps filled with rattling materials, such as dried beans, and then closed on the end, rain sticks are used in ceremonial dances to bring rain. This time paper towel holders will be decorated and take the place of tree stumps. All materials will be supplied.

Tuesday, Sept. 28th at 4:00 p.m. Learn to make delicious, homemade Mexican hot chocolate.

For more information, phone the library at: (858) 766-4608.



The San Marcos Branch of the San Diego County Library, #2 Civic Center Drive, will present:

Saturday, Sept. 18th `A Taste of Mexico' 11:00 a.m. Folklorico Dancers perform at the Community Center outdoor stage (across from the library).

After the program at the Community Center meeting room, enjoy music, fun and samples of Mexican food. Bring the family. No charge.

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd `After School Special': (ages 7-12) 4:00-5:00 p.m. Folk tales from Mexico and South America. Create an example of a Hispanic handicraft. Please register ahead of for the program.

Tuesday, Sept. 28th and Thursday, Sept. 30th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.. `A Colorful Celebration': Stop by the library and make a fancy bookmark or color a design to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. For all ages.

For more information, contact the library at (760) 736-2160.


Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Old Town Park

Before movies, TV and X-games, San Diego residents took advantage of any opportunity for a fiesta. Visit Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and celebrate 1830s style, September 18th, 11 am to 4 pm. This FREE traditional fiesta offers an opportunity to see the historic buildings come to life with Volunteers in historic dress, as well as military encampments, blacksmiths and other Volunteers demonstrating historic skills in the plaza. Visitors are invited to try their hand at long lost skills of the 1800s and participate in fiesta activities. Games and contests offer prizes for the winners, and entertainment for the audience. Kids and adults can stamp their Passport to History and receive a free gift. This family event offers something for all ages and a chance to experience a fiesta the way it was celebrated 150 years ago.

After the fiesta, put on your dancing shoes as Los Californios provide the music for an old time Fandango. Get out your Mexican attire, or come as you are and dance the night away. Volunteers in period attire will be on hand to demonstrate and teach traditional Mexican dances. Tickets are available ahead of time at the park, or at the event.

Join Old Town San Diego State Historic Park an the Old Town community in celebration of San Diego's Mexican heritage. FREE parking is available at the State Park Transit lot at Taylor and Pacific Highway.

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