Cultural Events

A.L.L. Dia De Los Muertos Event

This Annual Event is sponsored by A.L.L.    The event focus on expanding awareness and appreciation  of Latin culture.


 The festival will include a mariachi band, sugar skull face painting, holiday traditions, as well as other fun activities and crafts. Cost is free! 


 WHAT IS  DIA DE LOS MUERTOS?


 Originating in Mexico, Día de los Muertos has soared in popularity and is now celebrated and recognized in many different parts of the world.  Día de los Muertos expresses the beauty and mystery of life and death. For many, it is a time of celebration; for others, it is a time of introspection. At its most potent, it is a balanced blend of the two. Join us as we celebrate this captivating Latin holiday. 

Loteria & Holiday Shop

A.L.L. has partnered up with Gates PTA to bring this new Cultural event. Join us for an evening of Mexican Bingo "Loteria" and visit the Gates PTA Holiday Shop.  A.L.L. will be selling Mexican pastries to support our programs. Join us December 13, 2018 from 6pm-9pm at Gates Elementary

What is Loteria?

 

Loteria is a traditional Mexican game combining cards and Bingo and it has been played as a game of chance, as a pastime and for educational purposes.

Cards are drawn and the illustrations matched to Bingo-like grid cards, each showing 16 of the 54 possible cards. Like Bingo, one may win by matching all of the fields on the grid-card, or by matching a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. The cards themselves are colourfully and engagingly illustrated, and the Spanish captions will be helpful to anyone studying that language. Because the Lotería cards include the name of the item beneath its illustration, they are used to teach reading, writing, history and social values. Many bilingual teachers use the game as a teaching tool in the United States.

The most recognized version of Lotería is the "Don Clemente Gallo" version, introduced in Mexico in 1887 by French businessman Don Clemente Jacques. The owners of Don Clemente Gallo Pasatiempos have continued this version through three generations. Throughout the past hundred years, the original artwork found on its 54 cards has remained the same, though the company issued a special edition in 2002 featuring the paintings of artist Teresa Villegas.

 

A.L.L. Día de los Niños Event

 A.L.L. Día de los Niños Event   What is el día de los niños?It is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.