Center for Arts offers creative Saturdays

ESCONDIDO — California Center for the Arts, Escondido invites the community to a Second Saturdays program designed to spark a child’s creativity and imagination.The monthly workshop series offers free arts activities for families and its next session is the center will host an Ofrenda Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., to tie into the annual Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Once every month, the center offers free art and dance activities. The one- to two-hour classes, held in Studios 1 and 3, explore art or movement. The center provides the materials, attendees just bring their creativity.

Independent artist Daniel Martinez will lead the workshop. Meaning “offering” in Spanish, elaborate ofrendas, or altars, are set up during Día de los Muertos to honor ones ancestors. The workshop will discuss this cultural tradition of Mexico as well as the significance of the Day of the Dead celebration while children create their own ofrendas.

The last Second Saturdays workshop of 2013 will be held Dec. 14, with children making ornaments, holiday bracelets and corn husk angels as well as stringing popcorn garlands. There may also be some snowman and snowflake crafts.

While the specific craft projects for the remainder of the Second Saturdays season have yet to be decided, the themes for each month are in place. Youngsters typically have two or three craft projects to work on that are usually related to upcoming shows or events at the center.

The monthly themes for the rest of the Second Saturdays season are:

— Jan. 11 – Jazz

— Feb. 8 – Classical Cello

— March 8 – Spring or “Seussical”

— April 12 – Piano

— May 10 – Quartet

— June 14 – Summer

For more information about Second Saturdays, contact Education Coordinator Kirsten Vega at (760) 839-4176 or For updated craft information for a particular workshop, check the Center’s Web site at



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