October 26, 2007

Halloween Happenings

13th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Historic Sherman Heights

Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4
Guided Walking Tours will be available for a $2 donation

For its 13th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, the historic community of Sherman Heights will feature more than a dozen local artists, organizations and residents, all paying tribute to their departed loved ones or important causes as a way of honoring the people and ideas that have shaped their lives, by creating a variety of altars in front of various historic homes in the area. Also, a magnificent traditional Mexican altar will be erected inside the Sherman Heights Community Center, located at 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102. Additionally, the Villa Montezuma Museum, a Queen Anne-style former home of international pianist and spiritualist Jesse Shepard (also known as author Francis Grier-son), will feature an outdoor altar, created by the San Diego Historical Society, honoring Shepard.

Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican celebration to honor the memory of departed loved ones. Each year the family members’ gravesites are decorated with elaborate, colorful and delightful altars. Neither macabre nor morbid, this holiday is intended as a celebration, an opportunity to entertain the spirit. The altars are adorned with offerings to the dead; traditional items include candles, victuals, water to quench the thirst of the spirit, uniquely scented cempasúchitl (marigolds), pan de muerto (orange and anise bread), Calaveras de azúcar (intricately decorated sugar skulls), and papel picado (colored tissue paper with elaborate cutout motifs). Customary folk art and food (pan de muerto, pozole, tamales, champurrado, elotes, and aguas frescas) will be available to purchase at the Community Center.

Museum of Man Celebrates ‘Day of the Dead’ With Free, Interactive Event

The San Diego Museum of Man will host its second annual “Day of the Dead” celebration on Sunday, Oct. 28. Day of the Dead is a celebration of ancestors, a time to remember loved ones and to honor them. The origin of the celebration in Mexico can be traced back to indigenous populations such as the Aztec and Maya. Families and communities pay homage by erecting altars for their deceased family members. Altars are traditionally decorated with sugar skulls, photographs, fruit, flowers, bread, candles, religious figures, and cut paper (papel picado).

The Day of the Dead event at the Museum begins with the construction of altars at 8 a.m. Altars will be available for viewing in the Museum’s outdoor central plaza throughout the day. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., event festivities will include food, performances, and a special slide presentation, Dias de los Muertos, by Grace Johnson, emeritus curator of Latin American Collections, San Diego Museum of Man. Take-home art activities will be available for children and their families. Visitors will also be able to participate in an art auction. Hundreds of people are expected to attend this event. It is free to Museum of Man members; $5 per person for visitors with membership cards from other Balboa Park institutions; and $10 for the general public.

The San Diego Museum of Man is an educational, non-profit corporation founded in 1915 with a commitment to educating people about people. Located beneath the landmark California Tower in Balboa Park, the Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information, please call (619) 239-2001 or visit the Museum of Man’s web site at www.museumofman.org.

Model Railroad Museum Halloween Family Day

WHAT: All aboard the ghost train! The Museum will be hosting its spookiest Halloween celebration yet! With goblins creeping from every corner and ghoulish activities such as making “trick-or-treat” bags, ghost stories, a creepy scavenger hunt, and a Thomas the Tank Engine ASTRO JUMP, visitors will be sure to experience Halloween at its fullest the Model Railroad Museum way! Come dressed in costume and receive a scary surprise. The day will be fun and frightening for the whole family! The festivities will take place between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 28. The Museum will still close at its normal hour of 5:00 pm. This is a Family Day not to be missed!

* Assorted candy, snacks, and drinks

* Making personalized Halloween “trick-or-treat” bags

* Scary story time around the campfire

* An oversized Thomas the Tank Engine ASTRO JUMP in the Pacific Beach Room

WHERE: San Diego Model Railroad Museum, located in Balboa Park underneath the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Casa de Balboa building. 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

ADMISSION: Children under 15 years: FREE, Adults $6, Seniors $5 (Activities included in admission)

Spooktacular Movie at the Amphitheater

The City of Oceanside presents “The Nightmare Before Christmas” a Tim Burton movie about “The Pumpkin King”, Jack Skellington, of Halloween Town who sets out to find something exciting, after deciding he is bored of the same routine every Halloween. Jack discovers “Christmas Town” and takes it upon himself to take over the duties of Santa to deliver toys across the world to children. This event is FREE to the public. Come with family and friends on October 27, 2007 at the Oceanside Amphitheater, located next to the Beach Recreation Center at 200 North The Strand. This animated movie is suitable for all audiences.

The movie will start at dark, approximately 7:15 p.m. Come early to set up your own “movie theater”. Bring your blankets and your picnic dinners and spend the evening with us under the stars.

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