Oceanside celebrates Day of the Child

OCEANSIDE — Dia de los Niños, or Day of the Child, was celebrated with a ballet folklorico performance on April 26 and two carnivals on April 30.
The Tierra Caliente youth group performed at the Civic Center Library on April 26. Three- to 13-year-old dancers performed traditional dances from different regions of Mexico. There was also a piñata craft activity and book giveaways.
This is the fifth year the library has held an annual Day of the Child celebration. “It’s important that it highlights culture and books,” Grace Francisco, principal librarian of youth services, said.
Carnivals were held at Joe Balderrama Park and the Old Mission Montessori School on April 30.
The eastside neighborhood has held an annual Day of the Child celebration at Joe Balderrama Park for seven years. The celebration honors the essence of the child and brings together neighbors, Pamela Montenez, recreation supervisor, said.
The Eastside Neighborhood Association organizes the annual event. “There was a lot of negative activity in neighborhood,” Montenez said. “The celebration was held to take back the park and have some safe fun.”
This year the day was celebrated with all-day entertainment, a roving mariachi band, cup stacking, comic wrestlers duking it out in the ring, and horse and carriage rides around the park.
“The community can come out and play for the day,” Montenez said.
Another carnival was held at the Old Mission Montessori School that focused on celebrating children and recognizing women-run businesses.
Foundation for Women sponsored the event. The organization grants microcredit loans to women entrepreneurs to help them start small business ventures. Loan amounts range from $250 to $1,000.
More than 30 female entrepreneurs set up booths to introduce their newly found businesses.
There was also entertainment, games, face painting and giant inflatable slides for the kids.

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