September 14, 2007

Calendar of Community Events

Fiestas San Diego / Mexican Independence Day In Old Town
Fiestas San Diego connects past and present

Join us on Sunday September 16, 2007 from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm for lively activities, including children’s games, dancing, and music performances. Learn historic games such as cascarones, and how early San Diego men’s clothing evolved to the charro of today. See student dance performances by different local schools. Taste and smell Mexican food of today and San Diego’s past. Finish the event by joining in a fandango where everyone can dance to early California music. The FREE event takes place in the plaza of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and surrounding buildings.

Fiestas San Diego celebrates Mexican Independence with colorful displays of dancing, storytelling, and music from early San Diego. This event also features live entertainment, branding, tortilla making demonstration, corn husk doll making, relay races, vaquero games and other fun activities! The celebration reveals the unique cultural activities that connect with San Diego’s community.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, located in the heart of Old Town is open daily from 10:00 AM until 5 PM.

A new exhibit, “Bibles and Devotional Books through the Ages: The ‘Good Word’ through the Printed Word,” is FREE and open to the public through Sept. 15, 2007 at the San Diego Public Library. It is located in the Central Library’s Wangenheim Room, 820 E St. in downtown San Diego . For more information, call 619-236-5852 or visit the Library on the City’s Web site at

El Museo Marítimo de San Diego en conjunto con San Diego Folk Heritage presentan el decimoquinto (15) festival anual de cánticos el 16 de septiembre del 2007. La música comienza a las 11 a.m. y termina a las 5 p.m. Lo mejor de todo es que el evento esta incluido con el costo de admisión general al museo y no ay ningún costo extra.

Earthdance San Diego on the President’s Way Lawn in Balboa Park will be one of 360 charity events in 57 countries occurring in unison. The event will commence on Saturday September 15, 2007 at 12:00pm and go until 7:00pm. During the middle of the event, at 4:00 pm PST, all Earthdance San Diego attendants and participants will be organized into a prayer circle, listening to a pre-recorded prayer for peace. All other global Earthdance events will be joining in this prayer simultaneously. The total number of global participants will be approximately 250,000.

Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival and Otay Ranch Town Center bring the best of short and feature family films from Mexico for all ages to enjoy this September Que Viva! Cine Mexicano 2007. In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexico’s Independence, once per week for the entire month of September, Otay Ranch Town Center shoppers and residents of San Diego County will experience great Latino art, live music, and a collection of Mexican family features and shorts. Screenings and events will take place Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM September 5, 12, 19 and 26.  All screenings, live music and art to take place at the Food Pavilion at Otay Ranch Town Center.

Malcolm X Branch Library presents a Hispanic Heritage Month showing of the film “La raiz olvidada” (“The Forgotten Roots”) which details the history of Mexico’s often-overlooked African populations. Drawing on interviews and archival imagery, the film takes us from the slavery of the colonial era to today’s Afro-Mexican communities in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Campeche, Morelos and Veracruz. The film argues that Mexico’s famous mestizaje includes the important contributions of African groups, as well as Spaniards and Indians, brought about by Mexico’s 500 years of African history. When: Wednesday, September 19, 6 to 8 pm. Where: Valencia Park/Malcolm X, 5148 Market St., San Diego, CA 92114, (619) 527-3405.

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