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Celebrating Our Centennial in April

Yes, Arizona’s Centennial took place last February, but that doesn’t mean the celebrations have come to an end. We’ve listed a few Official Centennial Events taking place later this month:

77th Annual Tamale Dinner, April 20; Phoenix; The annual Friendly House Tamale Dinner is a cultural tradition that began 77 years ago in 1935 when the organization’s staff and community volunteers made and sold tamales to raise money for the important services which Friendly House provided to Arizona’s new immigrant communities and families. That is still the purpose today, but on a much larger scale. This longstanding tradition has evolved into an enchanting evening filled with traditional Mexican music and song, folkloric dancers, pageantry and history – something the whole family can enjoy. It is one of the oldest fundraising events held in Arizona and benefits Friendly House, one of Arizona’s pioneer social services organizations.

Arizona Centennial Storytimes, April 18; Tempe; Come listen to fun stories all about Arizona and the wonderous things our state has to offer. Parents and children will delight in the joys of songs, rhymes, movement activities and finger plays that not only encourage early learning but also provide a strong appreciation for Arizona. Together parents and children can “Mark the Map,” placing stars on all the different places they have been within our state. Each preschool storytime will feature an Arizona themed craft activity

100th Arizona Town Hall, April 22-25; Tucson; The 100th Arizona Town Hall will be a gathering of 135 civic, community, business and public leaders from across Arizona to spend three and a half days discussing the topic of civic engagement in Arizona. Attendees will be provided a research report in advance that will be prepared by one of Arizona’s universities and will contain both history and perspective on the subject. The actual convening of the town hall in April will involve breaking the body in 5 panels, each charged with reaching consensus in response to a series of questions and drawing conclusions and making recommendations on how to build, enhance and expand civic engagement. At the end of the session, a consensus report of all panels will be developed in plenary session. The recommendations and research will be published and available to all Arizonans and there will be community outreach sessions presented across the state. Copies of the report will also be provided to elected and public officials, community leaders and educational institutions.

Centennial Grande Fiesta Celebration, April 28; Clarkdale; A celebration of Clarkdale’s Centennial and the Hispanic culture that was very important in Clarkdale’s history. This gigantic fiesta will include entertainment by Ballet Folklorica De Los Ninos, singers from Clarkdale-Jerome School, and other local Hispanic talent. There will be food booths offering Mexican and American food and Indian Fry bread. Other booths will include local arts and crafts artisans. There will also be piñatas for 5-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds.

 El Dia De Los Ninos, April 29; Phoenix; This award winning festival celebrates not only children but our rich diversity in Arizona’s history. The festival includes a celebration of literacy, cultural awareness and community engagement.


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Celebrating Our Centennial: La Fiesta de Tumacacori

Start celebrating Arizona’s Centennial early and head to the Tumacácori National Historical Park this weekend to celebrate the 41st annual La Fiesta de Tumacacori, an Official Centennial Event.

The fiesta celebrates all of the cultures which have lived and influenced life in the Santa Cruz Vally, including O’odham, Yaqui, Apache, Mexican, Spanish, American and others. With some 50 booths featuring traditional foods, handicrafts, craft demonstrations and much more, there’s certainly something for the entire family at this Official Centennial Event.

The Arizona Republic summed the event up rather nicely:

La Fiesta de Tumacacori celebrates this mix of cultures this weekend at one of the places where it began — a mission established by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in 1691.

Tumacacori National Historical Park is normally a serene place where visitors can stroll the grounds and step inside the remains of an old church. It’s tempting to think of it as an old mission and leave it at that.

“Tumacacori is deeper than that,” said Vicki Wolfe, a park ranger at Tumacacori. “It’s the story of cultures coming together.”

Besides the booths, visitors can expect plenty of entertainment, representing all of the described cultures. Expect Folklorico dancers, mariachis, O’odham musicians, singers and drummers from San Xavier, old-time fiddlers and Apache crown dancers.

KEEP CELEBRATING ARIZONA… and be sure to tell us how you’re wishing our state a happy birthday!

Information: Dec 3-4, W891 E. Frontage Road, Tumacacori. 520-398-2341. nps.gov/tuma.


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Celebrating Our Centennial: PHX Back In The Day

Part of celebrating Arizona’s Centennial means looking back….. I thought I’d share a photograph that I found of downtown Phoenix taken in the late 1960s.

The location: north Central Avenue

The date: 1969

What’s in the photo? United Bank of Arizona and an Arby’s

Anything else look familiar to you? Look real close.

Happy Birthday Arizona!

Photo courtesy of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division, Phoenix #01-6144

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