SCC, La Luz to celebrate Día de los Muertos
ATTENDEES AT LAST YEAR’S Día de los Muertos at the Sonoma Community Center look over the public altar.
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Both La Luz Center and the Sonoma Community Center are working on celebrations for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
At the community center, expect lively entertainment, music, dancing, food and a public altar on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free to attend, and skeleton costumes are encouraged.
The evening will include a cultural Día De los Muertos dance performance by Sonoma’s Ballet Folklorico Quetzalén and local favorite Tudo Bem will provide music for plenty of dancing.
Local sculptor Jim Callahan will again create the 15-foot public altar outside the Maloney Family Water-Wise Garden. Crowned with flames and glowing with amber lights, the sculpture will hold nearly three-dozen portraits of some of Sonoma’s treasured citizens of the past. Visitors are invited to participate by dedicating a golden paper butterfly to a loved one and adding it to the memorial. “Sonoma has an extraordinary history. This Valley has attracted countless interesting and diverse people over many decades. This altar is a wonderful and moving way to honor just some of the many notable people who have made extraordinary contributions to this Valley,” said Margaret Hatcher, special projects manager at the center.
The public altar installation will be on display in front of the center through Nov. 5.
The Sonoma Community Center is located at 276 E. Napa St. in Sonoma.
For more information about the Sonoma Community Center, call 938-4626, ext. 1, or visit sonomacommunitycenter.org.
La Luz Center will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a community celebration spanning Wednesday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 2. Members of the community created altars in honor of departed loved ones, which will be displayed daily from 4 to 7 p.m. in Booker Hall.
La Luz Center is located at 17560 Greger St., in Boyes Hot Springs, and can be reached at 938-5131 or laluzcenter.org.