September 12, 2003

The Sherman Heights Community Center Hosts Its Annual Fiestas Patrias “Recordando a México” Celebration

The Sherman Heights Community Center is pleased to present a celebration of Mexican Independence Day to residents of Sherman Heights, surrounding neighborhoods and visitors.

On Saturday, September 13th, from 11 am to 6 pm, the community will celebrate the day Mexico won it’s Independence. A dozen local residents have been meeting weekly since March planning the event which will be held on Island Ave. between 24th and 22nd streets in front of Sherman Heights Community Center, located at 2258 Island Avenue in San Diego.

The outdoor festival will feature traditional Mexican music and dance. Mariachi groups expected to perform throughout the day are Sweetwater High, Mariachi Montgomery and Mariachi Mexicano. The well-loved, Ballet Folklorico dance will include both youth and mature performers with groups such as Sherman Heights Ballet Folklorico, Golden Hill Ballet Folklorico and Flores de Jalisco. Other performances will include the Norteño beat of Oro y Plata, Sherman Heights Danza Azteca “Mexicayotl” and solos by Stephanie Garcia, Alex Garcia, La Piedrita and Ruben. The entertainment line-up will peak around 5:00 pm with the Escolta and “El Grito de Independencia” led by the Mexican Consul, Rudolfo Figueroa.

The festival will also include a variety of food booths serving traditional Mexican food. About 40 local agencies will be participating providing information to the community residents, regarding the services they provide within and throughout the area.

Mexican Independence Day Celebration Lights Up the Bazaar del Mundo

  Free entertainment, spicy Mexican cuisine, drink specials: they combine to make Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo the primero destination for celebrating Mexican Independence Day, Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will also celebrate, with a traditional Fiestas Patrias event on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Mexico’s first Independence Day was Sept. 16, 1810, when Mexico declared war on Spain after three centuries of dominance. “La Revolución” was led by General Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, whose “gritos” or cries for freedom were echoed by his followers until Mexico finally became an independent republic in 1821.

Bazaar del Mundo celebrates with restaurant specials in Casa de Bandini, Casa de Pico, Rancho el Nopal, Lino’s and Casa Guadalajara, and entertainment will take place on the Bazaar del Mundo courtyard stage throughout the day.


 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Marimba Band Performances (throughout the day)
 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Classical Mexican Folk Guitarist Jessie Michel
 5:30 to 6p.m.: Casa de Pico Mariachis
 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Hispanic Mexican Folkloric Ballet
 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Singer Jose Diaz of “El Campirano” with Mexican Roper
 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Hispanic Mexican Folkloric Ballet
 8 to 9 p.m.: Los Dandy’s – Romantic Mexican Songs

Now celebrating its 31st year as one of San Diego’s favorite destinations for food, folklore and fun, Bazaar del Mundo is located in the heart of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at 2754 Calhoun St., San Diego.

HBC Presents the 5th Annual “El Festival del Grito”
A Celebration of Mexican Independent Day

Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation’s biggest event of the year is quickly approaching! “El Festival del Grito” preparations are under way, as KLQV/102.9FM-Love and KLNV/La Nueva 106.5FM get ready for a day-long event that will leave more than 25,000 attendees full of pride and patriotism for their country. This year’s event features performances by some of today’s hottest Spanish-language artists, as well as appearances by the Mexican Consul’s General Rodulfo Figueroa! The General’s re-enactment of the “Grito de Dolores” will bring spectators to their feet with resounding “grito” that will ring throughout the amphitheater “Viva Mexico!” The sounds of authentic drum-rolls and trumpets will symbolize Mexico’s pride upon gaining independence from Spain almost 200 years ago. 102.9 K-Love an La Nueva 106.5 look forward to sharing in this celebration that has something to offer for the entire family! And the best part about “Fiestas Patrias -- admission is absolutely free!

KSWB 5/69 Recognizes Local Latinos During Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor ordinary people doing extraordinary things and a chance to acknowledge everyday heroes who are often overlooked. Throughout September and October, KSWB 5/69 will celebrate four local Hispanic “Unsung Heroes” on WB News at Ten and in public service announcements.

These four outstanding individuals have proven to be real-life heroes to many around the county. Lillian Leslie, Rosaura Oropeza, Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., and Isabel Vidales have donated their time and talent in order to make San Diego a better place for families and youths. KSWB salutes these exemplary citizens.

· Lillian Leslie began as a tutor who volunteered her time at nights to work with Hispanic children from low-income families. In August of 2001, Lillian created Casa de Amistad, an organization which has provided more than 100 children with fall school supplies, new shoes, a computer lab, a youth club, and education courses for their parents.

· Rosaura Oropeza is an active volunteer for the Girl Scouts (San Diego-Imperial Council) and has organized a Latinos in Girl Scouting National Conference in San Diego. Rosaura is committed to implementing programs for youths that promote personal growth, career development, social interaction, and community service.

· Well known to many young adults in San Diego County is Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., the President of Grossmont Community College. One of seven children born to migrant farm parents, Dr. Martinez was always encouraged to attain a college education and help others succeed. He has dedicated himself to promoting higher education to elementary and middle school students.

· Isabel Vidales is loved by many who have benefited from the Moses Project and Genesis Program, two of the organizations that she created. The programs enable Hispanic families with limited English skills to become certified childcare providers and to be educated about life, empowerment, family, and community.

Watch WB News at Ten on Sundays starting September 14 through October 5 to see the stories behind the four honorees. “Unsung Heroes” is presented by KSWB 5/69, National City Mile of Cars, Progressive Auto Insurance, Valley Career College and Verizon.

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