Phoenix Arizona


Tempe celebrates its Hispanic Heritage with the Ninth Annual Tempe Tardeada by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. – The City of Tempe invites the public to attend the Ninth Annual Tempe Tardeada Festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, to celebrate and recognize Tempe’s Hispanic roots. What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Tempe’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Tempe Tardeada will take place at the Tempe Community Complex, 3500 S. Rural Road, located on the southwest corner of Southern Ave. and Rural Road.

In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the festival’s goal is to offer an opportunity to celebrate and experience the legacy of Tempe’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits. The entertainment stage will feature Latin music ranging from traditional mariachi and boleros, to salsa and Latin dance music. Performers set to appear include Power Drive, Mariachi Tierra del Sol, Chapito Chavarŕia & his Orchestra, and New Frequency Band.

Dance will highlight the event with performances by Folklory Cultura Mexicana, Zumba and the ASU Latin Show Team Club. In addition, the Frank School 4th and 5th Grade Choir, accompanied by Alicia M. Blanca will perform “God Bless America.”

Free activities for children will include colorful crafts celebrating the Hispanic heritage, face painting, balloon animals, inflatables an obstacle course, and The Game Truck. In addition, the Tardeada Coloring Contest, sponsored by the United Phoenix Firefighters –Tempe Chapter and the Tempe Police Officer’s Association will showcase their winners, and the Fifth Annual Tempe Tardeada Scholarship, sponsored by the United Phoenix Firefighters – Tempe Chapter, will be awarded to two local high school students.

Another popular attraction at the event is The Tempe Historical Museum’s exhibit of the Hispanic Family History Albums Project.

Food vendors will have a variety of delicious Mexican foods for sale at family-friendly prices in a shaded, air-conditioned food court, sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery. In addition, a tortilla-making demonstration will be offered, along with recipe cards.

For more information about the Tempe Tardeada, call 480/350-8979 or visit the website at www.tempe.gov/tardeada.

For Spanish call 480/350-5515 and for TDD call 480/350-5050.



Latino Institute Back to School and Informational Fair Set for July 21 by quotes

Back to School Fair

The Latino Institute will present its sixth annual Back to School and Informational Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Cesar Chavez High School, 3921 W. Baseline Road.

This free event brings together organizations that provide services and programs that contribute to the advancement of the community. It also will prepare families and their children for the upcoming school year.

A popular feature of the event is the health section, which includes free health screenings, free mammograms on-site for women 35 years or older who already have a primary care physician and nutrition cooking demonstrations by local chefs.

The event also will include information about education, finance and parks programs, in addition to other valuable resources.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a neighborhood plenary to ask questions regarding the area in which they live.

Youth and families can participate in raffles, get free student backpacks, family backpacks, gift certificates for swimwear and school uniforms, and enjoy free entertainment and lunch provided by the Latino Institute.

Two players from the Harlem Globetrotters, an exhibition basketball team that combines

athleticism and comedy, will perform an interactive game.

For more information, call the Latino Institute at 602-534-6923 or visit phoenix.gov/phxlatin.