STORY AND PHOTO OF KAREN BOSSICK
Children and adults are invited to learn a Mexican folk dance and make paper flowers, flower crowns and sugar skulls during a day of crafts and music on Saturday, October 22.
The free event, sponsored by the Sun Valley Museum of Art, will take place from 1-4:30 p.m. at The Hunger Coalition’s Bloom Community Food Center at 110 Honeysuckle St. on the south end of Bellevue.
Handcrafting will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Dirce Flores, a professional dancer and teacher who grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico, and now lives in Bellevue, will teach folk dancing using the dance steps of Son Jarocho at 2 p.m., and Las Cafeteras, a popular Chicano group from the east of Los Angeles, will provide a small concert of songs in Spanish and English at 3:30 p.m.
The event is part of a month-long slate of events that SVMoA has planned to introduce the community to elements of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The event is held November 1-2 in many Spanish-speaking communities to honor the deceased.
The flowers, wreaths and sugar skulls made on Saturday will be used to adorn a community altar that will be one of many assembled for a free Celebracion de Dia de los Muertos at SVMoA’s Hailey House on Saturday, October 29.
This event will begin at noon and will include viewing of the altar and traditional dishes offered free of charge. The Jarabe Mexicano group will perform at 1:30 p.m. and students from Dirce Flores’ Mexican folk dance class will perform.