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October 29, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The visitor patiently explained that the teeth-baring paper skeletons can symbolize both life and death. But such details appeared lost to about a dozen students at San Fernando Middle School. They colored the figures in the bright hues of the rainbow, eager to contribute their part to a growing display in the school library to commemorate the Day of the Dead, a centuries-old festival that is celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2.
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April 3, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The burning sun, the long lines of people and chants of "si se puede" (yes we can) brought bittersweet memories Sunday for Sylmar resident Norma Cervacio. This time, the late farm labor leader, Cesar Chavez, was not present and that almost made her cry. But she held back her tears. "This is a happy day. I used to walk behind him back in the early '90s," Cervacio said. "I mean, thanks to him we were able to drink water in the fields."
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April 3, 1997 | RADHA KRISHNAN THAMPI
Valley residents will honor pacifist labor leader Cesar Chavez and his works Sunday in San Fernando with a "justice march" and cultural activities. "Our primary goal is to educate the youth about the importance of Cesar Chavez and his works," said Xavier Flores, executive director of Pueblo Y Salud Inc., which oversees the celebrations. "Too many youths don't know Cesar Chavez or what he did," Flores said. "He brought dignity and justice to the workplace.
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November 20, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All across town, in kitchens where pigs' feet hang from clothespins and caldrons bubble with murky soup, families are gearing up for a historic event that may put this city on the culinary map: a menudo cook-off. The soup made from cow's stomach, hominy and pigs' feet is quintessentially Mexican, and this Sunday, San Fernando will sponsor its first menudo festival to celebrate its Mexican-American heritage.
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December 12, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The city tree-lighting ceremony washed out by wet weather two weeks ago has been rescheduled for Friday night by the local Chamber of Commerce. The free event will feature Christmas carolers from La Trinidad Church, candy canes for all and, for the first 100 children to arrive, photos with Santa Claus. The celebration will be held around a 60-foot evergreen that was planted seven years ago in the median of Brand Boulevard, said the chamber's Joe Sandoval.
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October 14, 1992 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN
Activists want the city of San Fernando to let the air out of the huge inflatable beer bottles that brewers display at community events they sponsor. "The tying in of alcoholic beverages to our cultural events have made them synonymous," said Xavier Flores, executive director of Pueblo y Salud, a San Fernando-based alcohol-education and public-policy agency. "You envision El Cinco de Mayo or El Diez y Seis de Septiembre and you envision a nice, cold can of beer."
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September 14, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A celebration Sunday evening on the steps of San Fernando City Hall will commemorate "El Grito," the famous cry for freedom that led to Mexico's independence from Spain. Musical and dance groups representing a variety of Latin American cultures will perform at the public celebration to mark "El Dieciseis de Septiembre"--Sept. 16--the day many Latin American countries celebrate their freedom from Spain.
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March 29, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When she was growing up in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, Christine Chavez-Delgado said, teachers never allowed her to even utter her grandfather's name at school. But on Sunday afternoon, she regaled a crowd of more than 1,000 people with stories about her famous grandfather, Cesar E. Chavez, during a celebration of his birthday and his contributions to the cause of U.S. farm workers. The program, the sixth annual Peregrinacion March for Justice, was held at Brand Park.
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April 1, 1994 | MARK ARAX and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the new leaders of the United Farm Workers union marched over the Central Valley road their founder, Cesar Chavez, took three decades earlier, residents in the tiny city of San Fernando--first in the nation to make Chavez's birthday a legal holiday--marched through their streets Thursday in honor of the late labor leader.
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June 16, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Editor's Note: Due to an editing error, portions of this story were accidentally deleted in Monday's editions. The story is being reprinted in its entirety. * Asked to describe Cesar Chavez just eight weeks after the legendary labor leader died, 18-year-old Eric Garcia was at a loss. "You mean the boxer?" he said, referring to junior welterweight Julio Cesar Chavez. "No? Well, was he a city councilman? "Oh," Garcia said, recognition dawning. "You mean the grape guy."
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November 20, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Across the town of San Fernando, in kitchens where pigs' feet hang from clothespins and caldrons bubble with murky soup, families are gearing up for a historic event that may put this city on the culinary map: a menudo cook-off. The soup made from cow's stomach, pigs' feet and hominy is quintessentially Mexican, and this Sunday San Fernando will sponsor its first menudo festival to celebrate its Mexican American heritage.
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March 29, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When she was growing up in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, Christine Chavez-Delgado said, teachers never allowed her to even utter her grandfather's name at school. But on Sunday afternoon, she regaled a crowd of more than 1,000 people with stories about her famous grandfather, Cesar E. Chavez, during a celebration of his birthday and his contributions to the cause of U.S. farm workers. The program, the sixth annual Peregrinacion March for Justice, was held at Brand Park.
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July 12, 1998 | BRETT JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though Cesar Vasquez's wood-carved prints and lithographs are not for sale at this weekend's San Fernando Fiesta, he hopes just having his art on display will help give exposure to other Latino artists in the Valley as well as inspire local youth to explore their creative side. "It's hard to put a price on something that I created," said Vasquez, 29, who works part time as an arts and crafts instructor at Canoga Park Elementary School and as a tattoo artist.
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September 6, 1997
The San Fernando Mission's bicentennial has inspired a host of events both religious and secular that begin this weekend. TODAY * A multicultural parade celebrating the diverse history of the San Fernando Valley will begin at 9:30 a.m. at San Fernando Middle School, 130 N. Brand Blvd., San Fernando. The 1 1/2-mile route will follow Brand Boulevard to Brand Park.
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April 3, 1997 | RADHA KRISHNAN THAMPI
Valley residents will honor pacifist labor leader Cesar Chavez and his works Sunday in San Fernando with a "justice march" and cultural activities. "Our primary goal is to educate the youth about the importance of Cesar Chavez and his works," said Xavier Flores, executive director of Pueblo Y Salud Inc., which oversees the celebrations. "Too many youths don't know Cesar Chavez or what he did," Flores said. "He brought dignity and justice to the workplace.
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December 12, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The city tree-lighting ceremony washed out by wet weather two weeks ago has been rescheduled for Friday night by the local Chamber of Commerce. The free event will feature Christmas carolers from La Trinidad Church, candy canes for all and, for the first 100 children to arrive, photos with Santa Claus. The celebration will be held around a 60-foot evergreen that was planted seven years ago in the median of Brand Boulevard, said the chamber's Joe Sandoval.
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May 19, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
A group that pushed through an ordinance to ban liquor sales by most new businesses will commemorate its passage with a short ceremony today in front of City Hall, the same day it goes into effect. "It really is history," said Raul Godinez, a member of the San Fernando Residents Council, who will be among those attending the 6:30 p.m. news conference. "We want to celebrate the victory."
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July 14, 1995 | ED BOND
The city of San Fernando has a comfortable family atmosphere, highlighted by a heavily Mexican flavor, said Dennis Levine, head of the San Fernando Downtown Assn. "There is a sense of community here that is different from anywhere else," said Levine, who with the Downtown Assn. is planning the first "El Sabor de San Fernando" or "Taste of San Fernando" next month. Although only one restaurant, Carrillo's Tortilleria, is confirmed for the Aug.
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September 14, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A celebration Sunday evening on the steps of San Fernando City Hall will commemorate "El Grito," the famous cry for freedom that led to Mexico's independence from Spain. Musical and dance groups representing a variety of Latin American cultures will perform at the public celebration to mark "El Dieciseis de Septiembre"--Sept. 16--the day many Latin American countries celebrate their freedom from Spain.
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March 28, 1996 | TIM MAY
About 500 youths are planning to march Saturday in the city of San Fernando to mark the March 31 birthday of the late labor hero Cesar Chavez. In 1994, San Fernando became the first city in the country to declare an official holiday to commemorate Chavez's birthday. Chavez and his wife, Helen, helped found the United Farm Workers union and aided migrant workers in obtaining bargaining rights and better working conditions. Chavez died in April 1993 at age 66.
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