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Salt Lake Valley celebrates Mexican culture May 3-5 By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

2019

Season Tickets: $49 Adult, $45 Senior, $29 Child Amphitheater Parking: 495 East 5300 South Ticket Info: 801-264-2614 or www.murray.utah.gov June 1 .............................................. Mamma Mia, Sing-Along June 8 ................... Murray Symphony Pops, “I’ve Got Rhythm” June 20-22, 24-26 ...Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat June 29 ...................................................Murray Concert Band July 12-13 ..............................................Ballet Under the Stars July 25-27, 29-31 ................................... Beauty and the Beast Aug 9-10, 12, 15-17 ............................................Little Women September 2 ............................ Murray Acoustic Music Festival Mexican skirts have different names in different regions. In the Salt Lake Valley, the name is simply “wow.” Check out traditional dancing performances during this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations. (Photo Credit dbking/Wikipedia)

Every Tuesday at Noon in Murray Park Pavilion #5, FREE June 4 – Jim Fish & Mountain Country .........................Country June 11 – Flashback Brothers......................... Classic Rock Hits June 18 – Kate MacLeod ..........................................Folk/Celtic June 25 – Tony Summerhays.............................One Man Band July 9 – Chrome Street .................................................Quartet July 16 – Svengali Jazz ...................................................... Jazz July 23 – Time Cruisers................................................... Oldies July 30 – Buzzard Whiskey ...................................Acoustic Folk

Every Thursday at 2 p.m. in Murray Park Pavilion #5, FREE June 6 – Christopher Fair ......................................Magic Show June 13 – Acadamh Rince .......................................Irish Dance June 20 – Coralie Leue ...............................The Puppet Players June 27 – Harvest Home ...........................Musical Storytelling July 11 – The Calvin Smith Elementary Lion Dance Team July 18 – Happy Hula ...........................................Island Dance July 25 – Sounding Brass .................................................. Jazz Aug 1 – Alphorn Trio ............................................. Swiss Music

Bring the Whole Family Young and Old! The 2nd Monday of every month at 7 p.m., FREE Murray Senior Recreation Center (#10 E 6150 S – 1/2 block west of State) June 10 – In Cahoots..........................................Cowboy Music July 8 – Skyedance................................................ Celtic Music Aug 12 – Company B...................................................... Oldies Sept 9 – Great Basin Street Band .................... Dixieland Music

This program has received funding support from residents of Salt Lake County, SL County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP), Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and Museums & National Endowment for the Arts.

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ust as St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland does not assume the rollicking persona it has here in the United States, the Cinco de Mayo holiday is more restrained in Mexico than it is in the parts of the United States which do celebrate it. According to the History Channel, Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is a “relatively minor holiday in Mexico,” which celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. Here in the United States, the holiday has “evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.” The Salt Lake take Enter Salt Lake County, where both Salt Lake City (21.3 percent of its population is Hispanic or Latino) and South Salt Lake (21 percent of its population) are cited by Wikipedia on its “List of Mexican-American Communities” and where the county is situated in a state where Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority population, now comprising 14 percent of the state’s overall population, according to the US Census Bureau. “For the Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Hispanics who live in Midvale, Salt Lake County and Utah, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo represents an opportunity to revive our heritage, proud of who we are and grateful for how we have been received in our communities,” explained Jose Vicente Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Mexico’s consul in Utah.

“It helps us showcase our culture, and our love for both countries and to share with younger generations the values that make us stronger,” the diplomat added. “We appreciate how cities like Midvale, Salt Lake County, and Utah have been welcoming to Mexicans and their interest in fostering our integration to the fabric of their communities and at the same time maintaining and supporting our expressions of our values and heritage.” With Lopez-Coterilla setting the tone here, The City Journals looks at what is going on in our neck of the woods – or en nuestro cuello de los bosques. Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 – Midvale’s 32nd UCDM Midvale City Park, Midvale, 50 W. 7500 South Midvale’s UCDM (Utah’s Cinco de Mayo) is literally the granddaddy of the valley’s celebrations. Longtime Midvale businessman and resident Fausto Rivas started the festival at the urging of the Midvale mayor 30-plus years ago. Today, at age 85, Rivas and his wife, Dolores, literally sit back and enjoy the festivities that West Jordan-based daughter Dolores Pahl and her husband execute, along with multiple generations of the family. “It brings me joy,” said daughter Pahl of the year-long preparations that culminate in two days of celebrations – neither of which is actually on May 5, due to its falling on a Sunday, a day eschewed by many in Utah for partying. Proceeds from the event go directly to the Midvale Boys & Girls Club. “Our main

focus is to give back to the community,” said Pahl. Friday, May 3 - Granger de Mayo Granger High School (Outside by ball field), WVC, 3580 S. 3600 West West Valley City’s Granger High School (GHS) is a Cinco de Mayo veteran, having produced its trademark “Cinco de Mayo Carnival” since 2016. As Utah’s second-most populous city, West Valley City (WVC) is even more diverse than Midvale, with 37.7 percent of the population being Hispanic or Latino. The high school is even more diverse than WVC, speaking to Utah’s growth in diversity coming from immigrants having families. GHS is 59.97 percent Hispanic or Latino, and is the only high school City Journals encountered offering up such an epic Cinco de Mayo celebration. The annual event garners an audience of 300-400 each year, and is planned and executed by the school’s Latinos in Action (LIA) class to share the Latino culture. Proceeds from the event support LIA classroom activities. On Friday, May 3, GHS presents the 2019 Cinco de Mayo Carnival, complete with dance, food, games, and, per the flyer, “So much more!” Attendance is free. All food items are $1. Most games cost $1, with special games like blow-up jousting and the dunk tank costing $2. Other games include soccer kick, a bungee run, knock the cans down, egg relay, balloon-darts, Foosball, cup pong, stack-the-cups, three-legged race, basketball shot, and sponge relay, according to Braydon Eden, Granger teacher and assistant coach of the high school’s soccer team.

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