ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The César Chávez annual “Day of Service and Learning” is coming up in a few days, and a number of public events are planned.
Here are the events:
March 26, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., La Plazita Gardens, Arenal and Lopez SW — Annual César Chávez Day of Service and Learning. Students from local elementary, middle and high schools will work and learn at the La Plazita Gardens in the South Valley. Students will participate in a seed planting, working of the land, and a planting ceremony. Teachers will also be provided a curriculum to use before the service day, through which they can teach their students about the life and legacy of César Chávez. Free.
March 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Westside Community Center (1250 Isleta Blvd. SW) to the National Hispanic Cultural Center — César Chávez Day march and festival. A “March for Justice” will begin at the Westside Community Center and end at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where there will be a community fiesta with cultural performances, food, and a free concert by Quetzal and Cultura Fuerte. The keynote speaker this year is Liz Villarino, daughter of César Chávez and lifelong social justice advocate. The 5th Annual “Si Se Puede” awards will be presented to L. Pablo Trujillo and Kelley Burns, two labor leaders who have served the community in the spirit of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. There will also be free tabling opportunities for local organizations.
March 27, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., National Hispanic Cultural Center — “The Stories of César Chávez” by Fred Blanco. $10 admission fee.