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Pizza and clowns at El Dia del Niño

May 07, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — It was their day on Tuesday, El Dia del Niño, and hundreds of kids reveled in it at a seven-hour celebration hosted by Calexico's Clincas De Salud Del Pueblo medical center.

There was pizza! Sixty pies from Papa John's worth.

There was a giant inflatable castle that kids bounced about in like balls in a lottery hopper.

There was dancing! There were clowns!

Clinic manager Bertha Jimenez said the event was a big success.

"There was no problems, everyone was safe and the kids got sodas and candies," she said.

It was the first time that a Dia del Niño celebration had been at Clinicas' Cole Road location. Normally the events are in Brawley. Jimenez said the Calexico event will definitely become a tradition.

She added the first event could not have been possible without the support from the Calexico Police Department, Lab-Corp, Perrone's Auto Stereos, Papa John's Pizza, Pfizer, Calexico Union Bank, Wal-Mart, 21st Century Community Program, D.J. Sonido Latino and Migrant Head Start program from El Centro and Calexico 10 theaters.

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"The purpose of the event was to thank our pediatric patients and let them know we don't just care about their health issues," Jimenez said.

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