October 31, 2008

Calendar of Events....

The North Park Craft Mafia Celebrates Day of the Dead

The San Diego North Park Craft Mafia (NPCM) will celebrate Day of the Dead with crafty flair at their upcoming Sunday, Crafty Sunday (SCS). This event will take place on Sunday November 2 at Filter Coffee Shop, located at 30th and Polk in North Park, San Diego, from noon-5 p.m. in addition to the usual offering of local do-it-yourself vendors (DIYers) with hand-made products ranging from purses, clothing, paintings, photo albums and baby products, to jewelry, guitar straps, pet ware, and other DIY products. This event will feature an alter constructed and created by the NPCM intended to serve as a memorial to those who have served as creative inspiration over the years. The altar is currently prominently displayed above the fireplace at Filter Coffee house through November 14, 2008.

Day of the Dead Altar at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park

In honor of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, beginning November 2 Mingei International will exhibit a Day of the Dead altar in the Museum. This traditional offering to the dead is a collaboration between the Museum, the Mexican Consulate in San Diego and the Mexican Cultural Institute. It will be on view until November 30 in the upper gallery.

In Mexico the first and second of November belong to the dead. These days are at once patriotic, festive, personal and sacred — official holidays that are also holy days in which celebrants seek their reflection in the black mirror of Tezcatlipoca, the Aztec god of the night sky, to discover the vanity of earthly effort. Since everything is temporary, the celebrants sing and dance with the departed who have attained perfection and wisdom.

The offerings on the Day of the Dead are possibly the most important ritual of the year. An altar is placed in the best place in the house to honor and welcome the spirits of deceased relatives. An image or images of the deceased are placed at the center. Corn, the sacred plant that assures the continuation of life, is then placed on the altar. Large votive candles in glass jars with religious imagery serve as beacons to guide each soul to its respective altar. It is said that foods lose their flavor and aroma because the souls take their essence. To assure that the departed arrive in the right place, marigold petals show the departed, visiting from Heaven, the entrance to their old homes.

Located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am–4 pm, and closed on Mondays and national holidays.

Oceanside Hosts Its 8th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

Honor the dead at what is becoming one of the largest Día celebrations in the U. S.

Ofrendas made by local artists and Oaxacan families will be displayed. A block-long interactive chalk cemetery will be at the festival where the public can honor their loved ones. We will have traditional music, food, art, children’s area, and retail Mercado.

When & Where:  Nov 2, 10am to 4pm. Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way at Coast Hwy.

 Admission: free

14th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join the Center at the community reception and installation of Eloy Tarcisio’s Muerte de todos ofrenda de participacion (Death Comes to Everyone: A Participatory Offering). Visitors are encouraged to participate in the celebration by making an offering and leaving objects in memory of loved ones. The community reception includes: free paper flower making, free art projects for children, and free refreshments including pan dulce anc Mexican Hot chocolate. This free event is made possible by generous sponsorship from Escondido Disposal, Inc., Target, and The Redducs Foundation. For more information please visit www.artcenter. org. Cost: Free

The City of National City and the National City Firefighters announce “The Tower of Terror”

A Safe Halloween evening with National City Firefighters where children will dare to walk through the haunted tower and find themselves with only their thoughts of escape. This is an evening full of SCREAMS & FUN…

However there will also be an opportunity for participants to learn to survive in a fire and/ or natural disaster and talk with their local firefighters. Hot dogs and Halloween treats will be provided.

When: October 31, 2008 (Halloween night) 5pm to 9pm

Where: National City fire Department Headquarters, 343 16th Street, National City CA. 91950

Who: Children of all ages (Children under 8 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult)

Cost: FREE

County Community Centers Host Safe Halloween Festivals

Festivals Offer Spooktacular Activities for Families

WHAT: In an effort to provide safe and healthy holiday celebrations to families in the community, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation will host its sixth annual Halloween Festivals in Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley on Friday, Oct. 31. The Halloween Festivals originated in the wake of the 2003 Cedar Fire and have become a tradition throughout San Diego. The events are free and open to children of all ages. Children and their parents can enjoy carnival games, food, costume contests and more.

WHEN: Halloween Night - Friday, October 31


· Fallbrook Community Center - 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. La Paloma School at 300 Heald Lane

· Lakeside Community Center - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., 9841 Vine Street (behind the library)

· Spring Valley Community Center - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 8735 Jamacha Boulevard

CNC Village Center Trick or Treat Moonwalk;

For a Fun and Safe Halloween!

WHAT: CNC Village Center Trick or Treat Moonwalk

WHERE: Tubman Chavez Multicultural Center, 415 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

WHEN: October 31, 2008, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm

WHY: The CNC is organizing a Walk to the Moon event for Halloween, which will be a fun and safe alternative for Halloween Trick or Treat night in our community. Parents and their children can sign up as Moonwalkers and start racking up their miles as they walk along Trick or Treating through the Village Center. This effort spearheaded by the CNC includes participation from San Diego Firefighters Local 145, the City of San Diego Police and Fire Departments, Mal-colm X Library, WriterzBlok, and Market Creek Plaza businesses – Batter Up!, Business Matters, Cold Stone Creamery and Where the World Meets.

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