FLAGSTAFF — The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association’s I.A.M. Youth group will host the annual Hip Hop 4 Hunger Can Food Drive from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Killip Elementary School, 2600 E. Sixth Ave., Flagstaff.
This is an all age’s event that will include music, dancing and fun for everyone. Please join us, the group reported in a media release. This event is intended to help feed families in a time of need. The importance here is food so the event will double as a drop off location for people to donate canned goods. All of the food collected will be donated to the Northern Arizona Food Bank. The event is sponsored in part by the “A Beautiful Life – Hermosa Vida – Nizhóní Iiná” initiative that promotes healthy lifestyles in recognition that a healthy life is a beautiful life.
The event consists of local musicians donating their time to perform for the cause. Hip Hop Artists performing at the event include Classik, Carrillo, Raw Sewage Records, L.A.Y.N.M (Christian rap group), and Southwest Mafia. The event will also include Alena Chavez and Monico Nunez, who will be performing traditional Mexican music. The event will also be showcasing the super talented dancer Steven Herrera who will be “pop-locking” which is a form of Break dancing.
Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the guest speaker during the free presentation: “The Rights of Immigrant Children: A Reporter’s Notebook” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the High Country Conference Center, 20 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff.
Sanchez, a former elementary and middle school teacher, joined NPR in 1989, after serving for a year as executive producer for the El Paso, Texas, based Latin American News Service, a daily national radio news service covering Latin America and the U.S.- Mexico border, according to a media release. Sanchez is a native of Nogales, Mexico, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University.
Members the Art History Society for Northern Arizona University celebrated the annual Día de los Muertos on Nov.2 at the amphitheater outside of the University Union. Members presented an ofrenda (altar) honoring Mexican artist Guadalupe Posada, along with facepainting and other activities. For more information on the event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebraciones de la Gente concluded on Sunday, Oct. 30 with the blessing of the altars, complete with music by Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tuscon. Participants, artists, performers and members of the community then gathered in front of the Día de los Muertos mural for a group photo.
Presented by Museum of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the event featured music, dance performances, discussions on Hispanic history in Northern Arizona and information on the history of the altars presented in the courtyard.