September 12, 2008

Spring Valley Library to Host Annual Fiesta

The Spring Valley Branch of the San Diego County Library, 836 Kempton Street, will host its annual fiesta in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, September 13, from noon – 3 p.m. The fiesta will feature a World Music Concert by Quetzal, author visits, a mural dedication with Artist Salvador Barajas, an exhibit by Smithsonian photographer Tony Gleaton, refreshments, children’s activities, and much more. The event is free of charge and the public is invited.

Quetzal, one of East Los Angeles’ most celebrated Chicano rock bands, will perform at 1 p.m. as part of the County Library’s World Music & Cultural Arts series. The band’s much anticipated concert will feature songs that combine Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, R&B and rock. The photographic exhibit, “Tengo Casi 500 Años: Africa’s Legacy in Mexico,” by internationally acclaimed photographer Tony Gleaton, will be on display and open to the public throughout the event, and for the remainder of September. The collection has been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution.

Authors Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick (Mujeres en la Historia & Historias de Mu-jeres) and Daniel Reveles (Guacamole Dip) will speak about their newly released books at noon. Enriquez de Pick is a Chicana activist and proponent of educational reform, whose most recent book highlights women in Mexican history. Reveles, famed Mexican-American author, will present his fourth collection of Tecate stories.

The Spring Valley Branch will also unveil and dedicate its new art piece, a large mural by Salvador Barajas. The mural, which fills an exterior wall of the library, shows how reading empowers the community, and depicts the neighborhood’s history, health, safety, arts, recreation and education, centered on two children reading. Barajas, a San Diego Chicano muralist, was a main contributor to the Chicano Park murals and aims to inspire children through his art to continue their education while also learning about their culture. His company, “Motivational Designs,” promotes literacy, diversity, higher education and appreciation of heritage.

The fiesta will also feature the Spring Valley Gymnasium’s Open House, a performance by REC*resent Dance Crew and a community information fair.

The event will be held in the Spring Valley Library and its parking lot. Due to anticipated high attendance, the public is welcome to bring beach chairs. Reservations are not required. For more information call (858) 694-3833.

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