Fiesta en el Parque makes its debut Aug. 19
Editor's note: A headline in the Aug. 16 edition of The Times lists an incorrect day for this event. The event is Sunday, Aug. 19. The Times regrets the error.
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District will debut a new festival this weekend with Fiesta en el Parque, a celebration of Latino culture, food and fun.
Fiesta en el Parque will offer a variety of free activities including music, dance, games and crafts from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Evelyn M. Schiffler Memorial Park. Guests also will be able to buy food and beverages from local vendors or pack a picnic meal.
"We're jam-packing all kinds of fun into four hours," said José Esparza, a community engagement specialist for the district who is organizing the event.
Esparza said he hopes at least 2,000 people enjoy the festival, which he expects to become an annual summer event. Everyone is welcome.
The fiesta is part of parks district's ongoing effort to better connect diverse communities with its many programs, Esparza said. About one quarter of the people who live in the Beaverton area identify as Latino.
As part of the planning process for Fiesta, Esparza sought ideas from local Latinos, including business and organization partners and students and parents. Their input largely shaped the festival, including its Sunday afternoon schedule to allow more families to attend.
The fun will include summertime favorites such as bounce houses, soccer activities and lawn games. Kids also can create Lucha Libre wrestling masks and decorative paper flowers at craft stations.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony will have an "instrumental petting zoo" at its booth. They will provide instruments that youths can learn how to hold and play while supervised by symphony representatives.
Parking is limited near Schiffler Park, so the parks district has arranged free shuttle service from Beaverton High School.
Volunteers will include Intel employees and Beaverton and Westview high school students.
2 p.m.: Welcome and Announcements
2:10-2:40 p.m.: Los Tata Qeris Alegres de Michoacan – Danza de Los Viejitos
3-4 p.m.: Colectivo Son Jarocho de Portland
4:30-6 p.m.: El Bajio Band
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