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May 01, 2003

Cinco de Mayo will mix celebration with opportunity to learn about important health issues

WHO: All community members

WHAT: Are invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Gavilan College. The day's events will feature a BBQ lunch, vendors, children's activities, mariachi and Gavilan Folkloric Dance performances. In addition, a bilingual (English/Spanish) health panel with speakers from the Peninsula Stroke Association and the American Heart Association will provide information about strokes and diabetes prevention and management. This event is sponsored by the Gavilan College Associated Student Body. The events are free. Lunch is $6 (discount with ASB card,) and parking for the day is $.75.

WHEN: Monday, May 5
10 a.m. - Mariachi performance, children's activities (face painting, pi~nata)
11 a.m. - 11 :30 a.m. Folklorico Dancers
11 a.m. - 1.p.m. Barbecue lunch
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Health Education Panel
12:30 p.m. Video presentation

WHERE: Gavilan College student center, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy


WHY: Cinco de Mayo has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico. It marks the victory of the small Mexican army over the forces of Napolean III at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. It is celebrated in Mexico and in many areas in the United States, usually with festivals, music, and food.

This year's celebration at Gavilan College will also serve as an opportunity to present important health information to the Mexican community. Student Body senator Rigo Lopez planned the health panel to address what he sees as a lack of information on strokes and diabetes accessible to this community.

For more information call (408) 848-4777
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Last modified: August 17, 2011
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