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Methodist Church hosting ‘Extravaganza'

May 02, 2002

El Centro's First United Methodist Church will host its "Middle America Extravaganza," which celebrates the cultures of Mexico and Guatemala.

The program, scheduled to begin at noon Sunday in the church's fellowship hall, will feature music on the Mexican harp played by Ray Ojeda of Calexico, dancing by three folkloric groups and a display of handicrafts from Guatemala.

Three groups of folkloric dancers, under the direction of Yolanda Cuadros, includes one group made of children ages 3-7, an intermediate group with of dancers ages ranging from 20 to 40 and a senior group of adults between 50 and 80 years.

The dancers are known as the Grupo de Danza de Mexico.

The display of Guatemalan handicrafts are from the Ruth and Noemi Project in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, and consists of jewelry, purses, key chains, back packs, shirts and other items.

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Proceeds from the sales of the merchandise will be returned to support Guatemalan people.

Scott Akers, the church's missionary to Guatemala, will speak on his experiences in that country and art works in acrylics and oils by Santiago Redondo of Calexico also will be on display.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

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