December 10, 2004

Christmas Calendar of Events

Rosarito Beach Celebrates ‘Navidad’ With a Big Fiesta

Summoned by the Secretary of Tourism of Rosarito, various organizations have united to bring about what will be the second installment of the Mexican Christmas Festival which will take place from December 10th to 19th in various venues within Rosarito, Mexico, with events that include the great food, culture and Mexican traditions.

Among the activities planned:

Friday December 10th, 11:30AM: CHRISTMAS PARADE BY DAY. The parade will start at Rosarito Beach Hotel and will conclude at Festival Plaza Hotel.

Saturday December 11th 4:30 PM: CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE, which will begin at Calimax Villa Floresta and conclude in front of Festival Plaza Hotel. At 5:30 PM the OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING will take place at Festival Plaza Hotel. There will be a FIREWORKS SHOW. Later at 8 PM, the Rosarito Beach Hotel will host a TRADITIONAL MEXICAN CHRIST- MAS “POSADA” and at midnight the TRADITIONAL MANANITAS OR HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE VIRGIN OF GUADA-LUPE will be held.

Thursday December 16th, there will be a CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL at Foxploration, where everyone can enjoy a special 2 for 1 admission. The event will begin at 1:30 PM and will go until 4:30 PM — an excellent opportunity to enjoy the artificial snow and characters and this movie theme park.

Friday December 17th will be the day for THE TRADITIONAL MEXICAN POSADA at Las Rocas Hotel, being offered by the Sister Cities Committee of Rosarito, presided by Cesar Rivera, honoring the cities of Glendale and Hungtinton Park.

Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th, The Rosarito Restaurant Association (CANIRAC) will have its SECOND ANNUAL TAMALE AND MOLE FESTIVAL, this event will be held in front of Festival Plaza Hotel.

To end the event Sunday December 19th, in addition to enjoying the wonderful food at 3 PM, a NATIVITY SCENE AND CHRITMAS LIGHT CONTEST AWARD CEREMONY organized by the Baja California Culture Institute, presided by Olga Sanchez Gaxiola, will be held.

The same day at 4 PM, a PROCESSION will take place starting at Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Fatima Church, culminating in a TRADITIONAL POSADA on the stage at Festival Plaza Hotel with Christmas plays and carols. Participating in this procession will be the Michoacano community which will carry traditional “purepecha” masks.

Avalos Art in The Altars Project

December 12, 2004 to January 30, 2005

Artists’ reception: Sunday, December 12, 1 to 4 p.m

Recent sculptures by Old Town National City artist, David Avalos, are included in a group exhibition of eleven local artists organized by San Diego Public Library’s Visual Arts Curator, Mark-Elliott Lugo. The Altars Project is part of the San Diego Library’s ambitious five-month-long Stories of Faith project.

Inspired by two great Mexican cultural figures, José Guadalupe Posada and Pedro Linares, Avalos’ sculptural installation attempts a connection with the creative spirits of Don José and Don Pedro. Avalos’ work installing Posada’s prints at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in the 1980s and Linares’ painted sculptures at the Cannon Gallery this year support his inclination to believe that the human spirit breathes in and out of the objects we choose to value and maintain for future generations.

Exhibition opening and artists’ reception:
Sunday, December 12, 1 to 4 p.m.
Earl and Birdie Taylor Library
Pacific Beach Branch
4275 Cass Street
San Diego, California 92109

Admission is free during the library's business hours.

Voz Alta’s Second Annual Posada Celebration will feature an alternative holiday bazaar, poetry, music and art. Doors open at 3 p.m. Friday December 17th and festivities continue until; 9 p.m.. Saturday December 18th more arts ansd crafts are offered from 11 a.m. to 3p.m.. Come for food, fun and entertainnment! Poets will include Adrian Arancibia of the Taco Shop Poets, Marta Gonzalez of Brujas y Bellas, and Diego Davalos of Third Word. Featured musicians include Cabeza de Vaca.

Paradise Valley Hospital Gives “Living Nativity” Gift this Christmas

In honor of its 100-Year Anniversary and its Christian heritage, Paradise Valley Hospital (PVH) is concluding a year-long Centennial celebration with a reenactment of the birth of Jesus. The Living Nativity pageant will be preformed from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. each night starting Friday, December 10th through Sunday, December 12th.

“The Living Nativity puts life in the meaning of Christmas,” said terry Hansen, PVH President and CEO. “As a faith-based organization, we want to keep Christ in Christmas, in our hospital, and in our hearts.”

The Living Nativity will be held outdoors on the corner of Eighth and Euclid Streets and will feature costumed performers plus live animals including camels, sheep and other stable animals. In addition, the pageant will feature live choir performances by San Diego Seventh-day Adventist Academy, Sweetwater High School, Eastlake High School, and Ambassadors for Christ Missionary Baptist Church.

“The Living Nativity is our gift to the community and it is our desire that this event will provide a memorable time for families to share the special feeling of love that this season brings,” said Hansen. The event is free to the public and those attending are welcome to walk or drive by. Refreshments will be provided.

33rd Annual Parade of Lights

More than 80,000 people are expected to cluster at the harbor this Sunday and next Sunday for the 33rd annual Parade of Lights. Starting at 5:30 P.M. on both December 12 and 19, this free, distinctly Californian celebration features boats decorated for the holiday season that will sail from the east end of Shelter Island into the downtown bay area.

This year’s parade celebrates “Aloha Holiday” with boats of all kinds being judged for creative lighting, decorations, and crowd-engaging fun. A highly anticipated event in San Diego’s boating community, more than 75 vessels take to the water for the parade.

Bayside parking fills quickly so spectators are urged to use public transit such as the San Diego Trolley, to get downtown. Trolley stations with parking lots that provide convenient service to the North Embarcadero area include Fashion Valley, Old Town, and American Plaza. Go to www.sdcommute.com for more information.

Less crowded viewing spots include the north and south ends of the Embar-cadero and the bayside pathway on Coronado. The park from behind Seaport Village is another good spot. People who plan to view the parade from Harbor Island should come early and be aware that parking is at a premium.

For the parade route or for more information, consult www.sdparadeoflights.org.

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