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April 10, 1994 | LYNN FRANEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 500 people celebrated their hope for the Cambodian new year on Saturday with a daylong festival of prayers, food and dancing at The Cambodian Family center here. "It is important to get together," said Kieng Lim of Garden Grove, who brought her 3-year-old nephew to celebrate the Year of the Dog. "We ask for luck, spirit and longevity for the New Year."
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September 17, 2000 | a Times Staff Writer
About 100,000 people took to the streets of downtown Santa Ana in a vibrant--and hot--celebration of cultural heritage at a three-day Fiestas Patrias 2000. The annual fair marks the independence of Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in 1810. The mercury topped the high 90s, but that didn't stop the party. "Everyone is very happy today," said Beatriz Hernandez, 18, of Tustin who visited the festival with her mother and sister.
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September 8, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kenny Lipinski smiled broadly as he peered at the display table. He was not sure what he was looking at, but he liked the molded figures. "They look really cool, and they're funny," the 12-year-old Santa Ana resident said Saturday, pointing to the papier-mache skeletons. "There's one being operated on, and there's the devil and stuff. And there's the cucaracha guy," he said. Well, actually, it was not a cucaracha guy, but a mariachi.
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September 15, 2000 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He'll roll up in his 1981 Dodge Ramcharger, custom-painted red, white and blue and decorated with stars and stripes, his 300-watt stereo blasting Mexican ranchero music. Community grand marshal Jose Vargas will celebrate at Fiesta Patrias 2000, which begins today and continues through Sunday in downtown Santa Ana with a parade, a carnival, food booths and entertainment. Vargas, 64, has attended the fiesta for 12 years, and it's a chance to flaunt his flashy, cross-cultural patriotic style.
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April 4, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marisela McKean was happy. To celebrate Sabado de Gloria, Minnie Street was cordoned off and the 8-year-old joined hundreds of residents of the south Santa Ana neighborhood playing games and eating Cambodian and Mexican food. "I'm having a great time," she said, petting a stuffed animal she won for shooting a basketball. Traditionally celebrated in many Latin American countries the day before Easter Sunday, the holiday marks the resurrection of Jesus.
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November 28, 1991 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lancer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition
Musical traditions from and influenced by Mexico--from mariachi and norteno to Tex-Mex--will be featured in the third annual Christmas Celebration starting Sunday at Santa Ana's Fiesta Marketplace. Accordion-driven norteno music, to be played by Juan Chapa y Su Conjunto, and Tex-Mex, which combines rock 'n' roll with Mexican instrumentation and will be played by Albert Ramon y Su Tierra Chicana, are new additions this year.
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September 15, 2000 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He'll roll up in his 1981 Dodge Ramcharger, custom-painted red, white and blue and decorated with stars and stripes, his 300-watt stereo blasting Mexican ranchero music. Community grand marshal Jose Vargas will celebrate at Fiesta Patrias 2000, which begins today and continues through Sunday in downtown Santa Ana with a parade, a carnival, food booths and entertainment. Vargas, 64, has attended the fiesta for 12 years, and it's a chance to flaunt his flashy, cross-cultural patriotic style.
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January 4, 1996 | JEFF KASS
After a massive campaign to deter people from firing guns into the air on New Year's Eve, the number of reports of shots fired declined this holiday, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Santa Ana police received 125 calls this New Year's Eve, traditionally the busiest night of the year, compared to 209 last year, Sgt. Bob Clark said. On Christmas Eve, they received 126 calls about celebratory gunfire compared to 76 last year, when, however, it was raining.
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September 16, 1996 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a couple seconds, Gustavo Narro listened for the rebel yell. Still nothing--just the roar of the crowd enjoying tiny Mexican flags and huge sombreros, chile rellenos and carne asada Sunday at the Fiestas Patrias de Independencia in downtown Santa Ana. "I think somebody might do it," he said hopefully. Narro, 40, was waiting for someone to give the traditional whoop, celebrating Mexico's independence day. On Sept.
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August 27, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the 19th Century, her grandmother penned fiery articles for a small North Dakota newspaper advocating it. A generation later, her mother, then a college student in Missouri, marched for it. Finally, in 1948, Mieque Weinstein, only 23, reaped the rewards of the work of the women who came before her as she voted for the first time. "I think I voted for Truman.
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April 4, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marisela McKean was happy. To celebrate Sabado de Gloria, Minnie Street was cordoned off and the 8-year-old joined hundreds of residents of the south Santa Ana neighborhood playing games and eating Cambodian and Mexican food. "I'm having a great time," she said, petting a stuffed animal she won for shooting a basketball. Traditionally celebrated in many Latin American countries the day before Easter Sunday, the holiday marks the resurrection of Jesus.
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August 27, 1997
The ninth Fiestas Patrias de Independencia street fair will be held in downtown Santa Ana Sept. 12-14, organizers announced Tuesday. Sponsored by the Downtown Santa Ana Business Assn. and numerous corporate sponsors, this year's fiesta will feature top acts in contemporary Spanish music, organizers said. Association spokesman Bob Leavitt said it will cost about $100,000 to put on the event, but all expenses, including police security, will be paid by the business group and sponsors.
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July 5, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The old two-story house on the corner of French and 8th streets, which reminded Myrna Barnes of the small Iowa neighborhood where she grew up, made for a great backdrop. The 58-year-old Corona del Mar artist set up her easel and umbrella under a tree in front of the place to capture on canvas the picture before her: a porch with stairs, columns and an unfurled flag, flapping in the wind. "I think I'll call it 'Fourth of July,' " Barnes said Thursday as she worked with oil paints.
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September 16, 1996 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a couple seconds, Gustavo Narro listened for the rebel yell. Still nothing--just the roar of the crowd enjoying tiny Mexican flags and huge sombreros, chile rellenos and carne asada Sunday at the Fiestas Patrias de Independencia in downtown Santa Ana. "I think somebody might do it," he said hopefully. Narro, 40, was waiting for someone to give the traditional whoop, celebrating Mexico's independence day. On Sept.
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September 4, 1996 | JEFF KASS
Homes decorated to commemorate the city's history, the arts and the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival will be opened to the public in the Wilshire Square neighborhood this fall. The Wilshire Square Neighborhood Assn. is sponsoring the open houses, along with music, food, arts and crafts, as part of its first Fall Festival of the Arts. The celebration, set for Oct. 5, will expand on the city's campaign to create an artists village, association co-chair Chuck Dobson said.
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May 10, 1996 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Victoria Zaragoza has seen heaps of changes during her 24 years in the Minnie Street area, the most dramatic of which was in the late 1980s when Cambodian refugees fleeing political persecution steadily moved into the north side of the neighborhood. Bunna Ly was one of the new arrivals. In 1989, she settled in the neighborhood which, compared to the killing fields of Cambodia, was a sanctuary.
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December 11, 1995 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the more than 500 Catholics who turned out for the annual procession honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, few had a better seat than 3-year-old Yazir Gomez. * Perched on his father's left shoulder, Yazir looked in awe at the parade of dancers, musicians and holy men, all celebrating the Virgin Mary's apparition in Mexico in December, 1531.
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August 27, 1997
The ninth Fiestas Patrias de Independencia street fair will be held in downtown Santa Ana Sept. 12-14, organizers announced Tuesday. Sponsored by the Downtown Santa Ana Business Assn. and numerous corporate sponsors, this year's fiesta will feature top acts in contemporary Spanish music, organizers said. Association spokesman Bob Leavitt said it will cost about $100,000 to put on the event, but all expenses, including police security, will be paid by the business group and sponsors.
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May 5, 1996 | LORENZA MUNOZ and MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Although Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated across Orange County today, there will be no mariachis playing in the heart of the county's largest Mexican American population--downtown Santa Ana. For the third consecutive year, civic and business leaders are overlooking the festive event in favor of two other holidays deemed more important to Mexican Americans.
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January 4, 1996 | JEFF KASS
After a massive campaign to deter people from firing guns into the air on New Year's Eve, the number of reports of shots fired declined this holiday, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Santa Ana police received 125 calls this New Year's Eve, traditionally the busiest night of the year, compared to 209 last year, Sgt. Bob Clark said. On Christmas Eve, they received 126 calls about celebratory gunfire compared to 76 last year, when, however, it was raining.
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