October 18, 2002

Días de Los Muertos 2002

Días de Los Muertos 2002, a binational project, is pleased to announce the following activities for October through November 2, 2002:

October 18 – San Diego, CA, Paradise Senior Center, 1880 Logan Avenue, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dead Bread Workshop — Make the special dough for Pan de Muertos. Create shapes to honor the deceased and bake it while you share coffee and cinnamon tea with “dead bread.” $20 per person (includes materials and refreshments).

October 19 – San Diego, CA, Voz Alta, 917 E Street, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. Paper Ofrendas and Corona Making Workshop. Learn to make the special coronas that are placed on graves all over Mexico. Julia Mesa Thing and her daughter, Thelma, two Kumeyaay artisans from Tecate will join with Mary Lou Valencia, a San Diego artisan, who will teach paper ofrendas. Paper ofrendas are personal offerings created from a mixed media of materials provided, using sponges, stamps and any personal mementos and photos you wish to provide. $15 per adult, $7 per child.

October 19 – Tecate, Mexico. Restoration of Panteon. Join students who will be helping to repair native burial areas. Call Laura Cota Lopez at 011526656547864 (Spanish speakers only, above for English) for more info.

October 20 – San Diego, CA, Voz Alta, 917 E St. 11 am — 2 p.m. Box Altar Workshop. Join Mary Lou Valencia and learn to create a box altar to commemorate your past loved ones. Mixed media of materials provided. Bring a small paper box plus photos and mementos. $20 per adult, $10 per child

October 20 – Dead Blues Benefit Tardeada. Eat food traditionally prepared for the dead and enjoy blues by dead artists. Make a paper ofrenda for your past loved ones. Bring copies of pictures and other remembrances. $10 per person, $15 per couple, $20 per family of 4.

October 23 – San Ysidro, CA, San Ysidro Public Library, 101 W. San Ysidro Blvd., 619-420-0475. 3:30 p.m. Children’s Papel Picado Workshop. Create a traditional decoration with roots in pre-Colombian cultures. Free.

October 24 – San Diego, CA, San Diego Downtown Public Library. Auditorium, 820 E Street. 7 p.m. Free Lecture. Iraís Piñon, director of Culturales Populares (CONA-CULTA) of Tijuana, will be lecturing about the use of altars and the history of this tradition in Mexico.

October 26-27 – Tecate, Mexico, Main Plaza, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Marketplace Come to a marketplace that will highlight materials associated with Days of the Dead. Purchase bread for the dead, candy, flowers, decorated skulls and more to place at the altar of your loved one. Refreshments available.

October 30 – San Diego, CA, Paradise Senior Center, 1880 Logan Avenue, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Paper Offerings Workshop. Mary Lou Valencia. Paper ofrendas are personal offerings created from a mixed media of materials provided and any personal mementos you wish to provide. Free. Sugar Skull Decoration Workshop. Decorate sugar skulls with special icing provided. $5 per adult, $2 per child

October 30 – San Ysidro, CA, MacDonald’s Massacre Site Memorial, Southwestern College Extension, San Ysidro Blvd. 4 – 6 p.m. Join Peace & Dignity Project and Southwestern College in building an altar to commemorate the children and adults who were killed at this site, as well as those who have passed.

October 31 – Tecate, Mexico. Main Plaza. 6-9 p.m. View altars from different city schools which have won the honor of building an altar at the plaza will be building their altars for all to see. Come and join us as we begin the traditional ceremony to honor the dead.

November 1 – San Diego, Chicano Park Gazebo, beneath Coronado Bay Bridge, 6-9 p.m. Altar building, spoken word, music and marketplace to commemorate Days of the Dead. A special altar offering will be built to commemorate the Twin Towers.

November 2 – San Diego — 4p.m. Art for the Dead Altar Tour. An opportunity to visit a variety of home and community sites where altar offerings created by a variety of local artists will be exhibited. This is a car caravan to different areas in San Diego. There will be viewing of Muerto art in the home with a chance for discussion with the various artists. We will vote on best altar at the Voz Alta site. Please call (619) 264-4083 for reservations. There will be a reception following the tour. Meet at Sherman Heights Community Center, 2260 Island Avenue. $5 per person.

Project partners include: Voz Alta, San Diego Downtown Public Library, San Ysidro Public Library, Memorial Recreation Center Inland Parks Divison, and Southwestern College Extension.

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