GRANGER- An afternoon of culturally diverse entertainment and food is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Northwest Communities Education Center, 121 Sunnyside Ave., in Granger.
Starting at noon, the afternoon fiesta, or "tardeada, will feature folkloric dancing, mariachi music, and food booths and games for the children.
The event is free the public. Scheduled to perform during the afternoon are the Bailadores Del Sol dancers, Mariachi Los Cazadores, Los Emocionantes, Vision Nortena, Grupo Gitano, Nestor and His Amigos, and El Herrante de Michoácan.
A special performance by the group, Sonora Tropical Mar y Ma, is also scheduled.
Sunday tardeadas have long been a part of KDNA radio's history in Granger, said Juan Ozuna, a radio station spokesman.
In the 1980s, the Granger radio station hosted the tardeadas as fund-raisers for the station, Ozuna explained.
"They were also a way of sharing the Mexican culture with the community and to help families bond," he said.
The Sept. 18 event is also serving as a kick-off for the station's new capital improvement project, Ozuna said.
"We are trying to raise money for a new facility through the sale of food at the tardeada," he added.
This year besides the tardeada activities, a community health walk/run is planned for the morning. Ozuna said the station will host its second annual community health walk/run as an event to promote community health.
Families wishing to participate in the 5K or the 2K event may pre-register at the radio station or by calling 854-2222.
Pre-registration is $10 and includes a t-shirt. Registration on Sept. 18 will be $15, Ozuna said.
The walk/run will begin and end at the radio station on Sunnyside Avenue.