Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Boyle Heights Block Party on Sunday!


Boyle Heights Block Party and Mariachi Festival
Sunday, November 15
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
First Street (between Boyle Ave. and State St.)
Contact: (323) 526-3059

Metro Gold Line Official Grand Opening
Boyle Heights Block Party and Mariachi Festival

Join me and tens of thousands of attendees as we celebrate the opening of the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension and the numerous Council District 14 neighborhood improvement projects completed this year, including the brand new Mendez Learning Center High School, the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, KIPP Charter School, the Boyle Heights Sports Center, and the new Hollenbeck Police Station.

The historic community of Boyle Heights is experiencing a rebirth as it undergoes more than $1.4 billion in upgrades. With several multi-million dollar projects completed this year, there is tremendous excitement surrounding the many great things coming our way.

Come celebrate with us and treat yourself to free entertainment, good food and friends from Boyle Heights' past and present.

One musical stage will highlight an eclectic mix of music, including reggae, Latin (cumbia, rumba, and Spanish Rock), headlined by the ever popular, Tierra. In addition to Tierra, this stage will feature:

Quinto Sol, Domingo Siete, UmoVerde, Dirty Hands, & Jahny Wallz

And playing a mix of mariachi music inspired by different regions of Mexico, this year's Mariachi Festival on the second stage will include performances by internationally recognized mariachis, including:

Mariachi Sol del Mexico, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Mexicapan, Mariachi Voz de America, Mariachi Santa Cecelia and Mariachi Conservatory.

Along with the live entertainment, come and enjoy free giveaways and informational resource booths. All are welcome. Bring your children and participate in a free kids corner with oversized bouncers, arts and crafts, Chivas USA soccer kick, and a rock climbing wall.

Also featured will be a photo exhibit recognizing the men and women of the Bracero Program--the labor-contract program between U.S. and Mexico during WW II and on until the 60's. The exhibit is on the corner of State and 1st St., next to the Council District 14 office that will have an open house all day.

Sunday's Block Party is sponsored by my office, Metro, the Mariachi Festival Planning Committee, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Wells Fargo and others.

You won't want to miss out on all of the fun! Please call (323) 526-3059 for more information.