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The Dallas Examiner | 5/12/2014, 9:42 a.m.
The Dallas Examiner
The 20th Annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair, themed “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” will be held May 15. Hosted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Dallas Area Agency on Aging and the City of Dallas Park and Recreation, the celebration is free for seniors and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, located at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Attendees can save on parking by riding DART’s Green Line directly to Fair Park Station where signs will direct attendees to the hall.
During the event, seniors can get free health screenings for prostate, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes while enjoying lunch, prizes, drawings and information on a variety of topics. Clarice Tinsley, FOX-4 news anchor, will be the special guest for the afternoon. Other guests attending the fair include DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, the Honorable Sarah R. Saldaña, United States Attorney for the northern District of Texas, Acting Assistant Dallas Chief of Police Jesse Reyes and Myrna Blackwood, Ms. Texas Senior America 2013.
Contact Jessica Lennon, DART’s Manager of Community/Education Outreach at 214-749-2582 for more information. Visit DART.org or call 214-979-1111 for information on riding DART.
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of culture and pride. It commemorates the Mexican army’s victory of the French army in 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War that was fought from 1861 to 1867. Some people may confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexico’s Independence Day – Sept.16 – that took place 50 years earlier.
During the holiday weekend, Texas State Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo took part in various Cinco de Mayo festivities in Dallas, Oak Cliff and other communities, including a giant parade and other venues that are traditionally part of the highly celebrated cultural event in the Hispanic community. Additionally, he read House Resolutions at each of the events proclaiming Cinco De Mayo Day respectively, at each of the venues.
“I know how important this holiday is, not only to the Latino community across the country in general, but also to citizens and residents all over the state of Texas and the DFW region in particular. I also firmly believe that the Cinco de Mayo – or May 5 – celebrations today are now as much an ‘American’ as it is a ‘Mexican’ holiday because it represents one of the greatest strengths and part of the more diverse cultural fabric that makes up the United States and Texas. It is a way that customs and holidays from all cultures find their way into the mainstream and enriches our national fabric, in much the same way that holidays like St. Patrick’s Day [from Ireland] does on March 17 every year. During the Cinco de Mayo, residents of the United States – and not just those of Mexican descent – have taken a small, regional Mexican commemoration and turned it into a celebration of Mexico’s culture. The day commemorates the Battle of Puebla, when a small Mexican force led by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, defeated French invaders headed toward Mexico City in 1862,” Alonzo stated.