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Remembering Christina Anaya

FLAGSTAFF — Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and the wider community of Flagstaff were sadden this week to hear of the passing of Christina Anaya, a life-long community advocate in the region.

Christina was serving as president of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and presided over the planning of the 2017 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada, the group’s participation of the 2017 Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the 2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration.

She was a volunteer for a number of community groups and organizations, including the Flagstaff Police Department, a member of Sociedades Guadalupanas at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff.

“It is with great sadness today (May 15) the Flagstasff Police Department learned they lost a friend and family member. Ms. Christina Anaya,” the department stated on its Facebook site. “Christina volunteered her time at the PD for more than 12 years. She has worked in Records, National Night Out and other community events and assigned to the Detective section going through pawn slips! Her smile and fun attitude will surely be missed. Thank you for your service and commitment to our community. We are all lucky to know you.”

Christina received the 2015 Big Award, one of three volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Flagstaff recognized for their work with the organization, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Sun.

She will be missed by all who have known her.

Rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21 at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E. Route 66, Flagstaff. The burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, and please join us for a reception at San Francisco parish center, 12:30 PM.

See the Arizona Daily Sun story of May 18 for more information.

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces remembers veteran, Hispanic pioneer Tomas Vega

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Tomas H. Vega, front row far right, stands at attention while being honored with other veterans during the 2017 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada.
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Tomas H. Vega during World War II.

FLAGSTAFF — Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces would like to remember the contributions of Tomas H. Vega, a Flagstaff native, who passed away on March 14 at the age of 96. Mr. Vega was a regular at many of the group’s functions, including the annual Summertime Tardeada at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

He was a part of America’s “Greatest Generation,” landing on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion in June 1944.

He will be honored, along with other Hispanic veterans, during the 2018 Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Flagstaff.

For more on his remarkable life, please visit the Arizona Daily Sun story HERE.

Fourth Annual Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada Festival to be held June 24 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Mariachi Mass set for June 25

June 24-25

FLAGSTAFF — To celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces invites the public to attend its fourth annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. The event is free and has drawn upwards of 400 visitors in past years.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a significant historic site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors is the premier sponsor.

The festival’s goal is to celebrate the legacy of Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits. The entertainment stage will feature Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Flagstaff; Desierto de Colores Ballet Folklorico — Holbrook; Mariachi Herencia Musical and Mariachi Inspiración from Tucson, and Northern Latin Express.

The event will also include a tribute to Hispanic pioneers and Hispanic veterans in the region, a recognition of the 90th anniversary of the church, an “Oldies” car show (from the early ’60s back to the 1940s) and a raffle. Mexican and regular barbeque food will be sold as a fundraiser for the Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ Cultural Heritage Fund. A recuerdos lecture focusing on the history of the Hispanic community in the region will also be held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center “The Basement.”

So escape the triple-digit temperature in most of Arizona, bring your chairs and canopies and enjoy the cooler mountain breezes of Northern Arizona.

A Mariachi Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The public is invited to both events. Visit www.flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or send an email to help@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or info@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.

Click here to see photos from 2016 Summertime Tardeada

Click here to see photos from 2016 Mariachi Mass

A time to celebrate 13th annual Celebraciones de la Gente

Please click on photos or headlines below for slideshows of photos from the 13th annual Celebraciones de la Gente

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The lighting of the ofrendas greet museum members during 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente reception

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Cultural performances, lectures and activities greet visitors on first day of 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente

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Region celebrates second day of 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente

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Northern Arizona community honors memories of families with closing ceremony at 2016 Celebraciones de la Gente

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to participate again in the ‘Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe’

OLG01Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will join with other groups in the annual “Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” with activities scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12. The event traditionally includes a procession starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The procession will then proceed to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E, Route 66, where participants and the public will be greeted by more than 400 luminarias placed up the hill to the church by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Upon arriving at the church, entertainment will include music by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo of Las Vegas, a performance by the Matachines Dancers an a play on “The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

A Novena and Rosary will then be held at 7 a.m., followed by an Mass with Father Patrick Mowrer and and Mananitas by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Once again, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will be lit by more than 250 luminaries placed by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Members of Sociedades Guadalupanas will then present breakfast downstairs at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center as a fundraiser for maintenance of the church.

All the events are open to the public.

Send an email to contact@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.