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April 21 – May 4, 2012 COMMUNITY EVENTS


Walk to support food bank CCCC breaking ground on expansion Walk, create a team or support another walker in the upcoming Chandler Christian Community Center’s “A Walk in the Park” fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Sat., April 21 at Tumbleweed Park, Germann and McQueen in Chandler. According to CCCC, $20 provides


a family “with healthy food to get through a crisis,” and allows CCCC to provide $80 worth of food. Cost to walk is $20 per person or $30


per family. Then, join CCCC for the official


groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. Thu., April 26 as it expands at 345 S. California St., two blocks west of Arizona Avenue, south of Frye Road in Chandler. Parking is available at the Chandler City Hall parking garage. Call 480-963-1423 or visit


www.chandlerfoodbank.org for more.


Cinco de Mayo at El Palacia The celebration of Hispanic culture,


tradition, food and fun comes into full bloom on Cinco de Mayo, and this year, El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler celebrates the holiday with Seis Días de Fiesta, or six days of celebration. From May 1 through 6, patrons will enjoy a variety of interactive ways to learn, eat,


On Wednesday, El Palacio will


show its support for Chicanos por la Causa by donating a percentage of sales to benefit community programs supporting education, economic development, social services and housing. “Chicanos por la Causa is a local


nonprofit organization that has made a difference in the lives of thousands of Valley residents,” according to an HDE


Community


play, participate and give back to the community.


Kicking off the Fiesta on May 1 is


Tamale Tuesday, when El Palacio offers an assortment of fresh pork, chicken and beef tamales as well as coconut dessert tamales. Tuesday continues when El Palacio


owner Anthony Serrano, a “highly accomplished culinary genius,” leads tamale making classes from 5 to 7 p.m. Tips, tricks and every ingredient necessary to construct these cornhusk- filled delights will be provided. Classes run in 30-minute sessions and are free.


Agency news release. Also, Wednesday is Family Day, when


kids eat free all day and there will be a variety of activities and games from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday’s festivities will include


a fundraiser to benefit the Ballet Folklorico Quetzallia, a dance group dedicated to the awareness and education of Mexican culture through folkloric dance. A percentage of the sales from 5 to 9 p.m. will benefit the dance group, who will perform for patrons. In addition, Thursday is Ladies Night buy one, get one free select appetizers and salads paired with $2 margaritas and $3 sangrias. Fiesta continues with a Piñata Party


Friday, when three piñatas packed with prizes and gift cards from local businesses will bring out the kid in everyone as patrons line up at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. to take a crack at the paper mache jackpots. Saturday is Cinco de Mayo with drink specials and giveaways all day long. Wrapping up the Seis Días de Fiesta will be Sunday’s Salsa Challenge. El Palacio is looking for salsa makers to submit their best hot, mild and unusual salsas for a fun and flavorful throw down. From noon to 2 p.m., the public is welcome to enjoy samplings from each category and cast a vote for their favorites. Contestants will have a chance to win prizes and earn bragging rights among their tomato, onion and garlic chopping friends.


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El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2950 E. Germann Rd., at Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler. Visit www.epchandler.com or call 480-802-5770 for details.


Chihuahuas return


to annual Cinco event Chihuahua races and a beauty


pageant are just a couple of the activities at


one of the East Valley’s biggest


Cinco de Mayo bash, benefiting Si Se Puede Foundation at 10 a.m. Sat., May 5 at the Chandler Library courtyard in downtown Chandler. A health fair sponsored by United


Healthcare Community Plan will be followed by live performances from local bands and dance groups, food, prizes and a parade of various low rider vehicles.


The Chihuahua races begin at 2 p.m., with prizes given to the winner plus for Best Dressed, Smallest Dog, Best Temperament & Best in Show. Race fees are $20 per Chihuahua or $25 to participate in both race and pageant. For rules or to enter a Chihuahua, contact Alberto Esparza at 480-206-2292. Admission to the event is free. For


more information about the event or Si Se Puede Foundation visit www.sisepuede.cc.


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