September 29, 2006

Hang Ten At Fiesta Del Rio In Imperial Beach

Celebrating the Tijuana Estuary and Its Cultures: Where Nature and Nations Meet

Imperial Beach – Join us on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at noon for activities ranging from children’s games, dancing, and cutting edge urban environmental art. Don’t miss the premiere of the Sloughs musical, performed by Mendoza elementary students, based on Dempsey Holder and the brave early surfers of the huge waves off the Tijuana River mouth. Take in the live creation of an Urban Environmental Art mural by students of renowned muralist Victor Ochoa. Visit booths featuring San Diego’s leading environmental organizations, learn a traditional Californio dance, listen to Native American storytellers, actors telling tales of mystery and adventure, or visit Native handicraft booths featuring the art and pottery of contemporary Kumeyaay artisans. Finish off the day by enjoying a mariachi band from the Sweetwater Union High School District and the environmentally-conscious reggae band Burnt. The FREE event takes place at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza.

Each October, Fiesta del Río celebrates the many cultures and unique biological diversity of our borderlands during National Wildlife Refuge Week and in honor of National Estuaries Day. Fiesta del Río also commemorates the Portolá Expedition that camped in the Tijuana River Estuary on May 13, 1769, marking the Spanish expansion into what now comprises the San Diego/Tijuana metropolitan area.

This year WiLDCOAST, our partner in many conservation and environmental education programs, joins us by offering the 3rd Annual Dempsey Holder Memorial Surf Contest as a fundraiser for their Coastal Campaign. This portion of the event highlights the need to keep our coast pollution-free. WILD-COAST’s Clean Water Campaign is working with South San Diego communities to resolve the environmental health problem caused by Tijuana River pollution. The “Demp-sey” features a surf contest for all ages, focusing on kids in the community, and honors individuals and organizations that help keep our ocean clean.

The surf contest begins at 7:00 am and the Fiesta at noon. Call 619-575-3613 or go to for more information on the event.

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