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Olé! Family Day in downtown Pleasanton to celebrate Mexico

Museum on Main joins with sister-city group for fiesta

The Museum on Main Family Day in 2017 featured games of yesteryear. This year's event will celebrate the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association. (Contributed photo)

Piñatas, Mexican dances, paper flowers and more.

Come to the front lawn of Museum on Main from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 28) as it celebrates community with the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association.

"We feel very fortunate to be a part of a community with so many amazing organizations working to enrich the lives of people living here in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley as well as around the world," said Sarah Schaefer, the museum's director of education. "It is an honor to be able to partner and help spotlight one of these organizations each year through our Celebrate Community programs in the month of September."

For the last 36 years, the PTSCA has presented its cultural exchange program with Tulancingo in Hidalgo, Mexico, with mayors, civic leaders, community activists, business people, residents and students traveling back and forth for cultural experiences.

"This year, we are thrilled about highlighting the important work of this longstanding community organization and the vibrant culture of our sister city," Schaefer said.

The group has sent more than 145 Pleasanton students on ambassador exchanges to Tulancingo, and it also hosts a posada in Pleasanton during the holidays.

Museum on Main is celebrating the organization with two events this month, beginning with Mom's Reading Time on Sept. 11 that focused on Mexico.

The second activity is Family Day on Sept. 28, a cultural extravaganza that will present Mexican-themed activities and crafts, with Mexican music playing in the background. Activities will include making piñatas, paper flowers, papel picados, Aztec-inspired headdresses and abalero toys.

Members of the sister-city group will be there to share their experiences, and they will display art and artifacts from Tulancingo. A local dance group will perform Mexican dances.

The museum is located at 603 Main St. For more information, go to www.museumonmain.org or call 462-2766.

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