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Pleasanton: Take part in Day of the Dead

Library offering exhibit space to honor loved ones

The Pleasanton Public Library is looking for 20 individuals or groups to pay homage to an ancestor by creating an "ofrenda" in his or her honor as part of a community celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

An ofrenda is a type of altar with objects of a loved one who has died.

The Pleasanton celebration will be at the library's large meeting room rather than the cemetery, where it traditionally takes place in Mexico, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27, and 1-4:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Applications for exhibit space, available on a first-come, first-served basis, are due by 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the library reference desk.

Ofrendas may include table coverings, photographs, artificial food, objects of personal significance, artwork, sugar skulls, decorations, toys and skeletons. No real food is allowed except fruit with a peel or unopened containers. The library will provide a 28-inch-by-60-inch table and six battery votive candles.

Besides the ofrendas on exhibit honoring loved ones, the celebration will include refreshments, performances, crafts, music and a photo booth. Those with ofrendas are encouraged to spend time at them to answer questions about the person being honored.

This is the library's fifth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. It is free and open to the public.

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