Mesquite Historic District and Original Town Site

EVENTS

PACHANGA IN KLEIN PARK 2016:

A pachanga is a big ol' party.  Part of Las Esperanzas' mission is to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the Mesquite Historic District.   What better way to do that than a Zoot Suit  Pachanga in Klein Park  celebrating the colorful clothing popular in the 1940s and 50s.  Our 2016 initial fundraiser Pachanga included live music, food and vendor booths, a car show with vintage era vehicles and a zoot suit fashion contest.  Las Esperanzas hopes to make our Pachanga an annual celebration.

COATS FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER:

Las Esperanzas is a great supporter of our local Weed and Seed youth Safe Haven .  Due to budget cutbacks in 2015, Weed and Seed was forced to cancel its annual Coats for Kids program of providing winter coats and clothes to those enrolled in the Safe Haven.  Las Esperanzas board member, Freda Flores, who is also a social worker at Weed and Seed, challenged Las Esperanzas members to sponsor a child.  That led to Las Esperpanzas Secretary, Melissa Salazar, co-owner of La Nueva Casita Restaurant, to sponsor an enchilada dinner fundraiser.  The kids at Weed and Seed challenged each other to sell tickets.  Through everyone's hard work and generosity, along with the generosity of JC Penney and Rack Room Shoes, we were able to purchase a coat, shoes and other clothes for each child at Weed and Seed.  Las Esperanzas has made this an annual event and we greatly appreciate your continued support.  Our 2016 enchilada lunch fundraiser was Saturday, December 3 at Weed and Seed.

WINTERFEST:

Las Esperanzas has been sponsoring Winterfest for several years.  This annual event of holiday fun and community festivities takes place during the afternoon of the second Saturday in December at Klein Park <--Click for location map (E. Griggs Ave. and N. Mesquite St.).  We invite you to bring your family to enjoy music, food and visiting with your neighbors.  Santa and Mrs. Claus always make an appearance, too.

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DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS IN KLEIN PARK:

To honor the memory of former Councillor Miguel Silva, his brother, Dario, approached Las Esperanzas about having a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)<-- Click for history  celebration in Klein Park.  Miguel's family planned to build an altar under the tree dedicated earlier in 2016 to him and wanted to invite other members of the Mesquite Historic District to participate in honoring their relatives who had died.  In addition to the Silva family, other altars were built to honor the Baca-Flores, Melendrez and Sanchez families, whose early ancestors were some of the original settlers of Las Cruces.  An altar was erected by family members to honor fallen Hatch police officer, José Chavez, who recently died in the line of duty.  And, we built an altar to honor 23 homeless from Doña Ana County who died, were cremated and buried without family members coming forward to claim them.  On October 29, 2016, Las Esperanzas was their family.    Everyone who participated was so pleased with the day that we hope to make Día de los Muertos in Klein Park an annual event.

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