Posada Navideña at the Quad City Botanical Center

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The Quad City Botanical Center along with Casa Guanajuato, will present the ‘Posada Navideña’ on December 16, 2008 from 5:30-8:30p.m. at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, Illinois. The event is free to the public.

From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform the ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging. There are nine Posadas. These celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for a room in an Inn. For the Posadas, the outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns. In each Posada, They call at the houses of friends and neighbours and sing a song at each home. The song they sing is about Joseph and Mary asking for a room in the house. But the children are told that there is no room in the house and that they must go away. Eventually they are told there is room and are welcomed in! When the children are welcome they have a party with food and Piñatas.

The ‘Posadas’ at the Botanical Center will have a procession that will start at 6p.m. with the children asking to come into the Botanical Center.  Live Posada Music will be performed by Jose Alvidrez.  During the event the there will be 3 Piñatas, one for children 5 years and younger, one for children ages 5-10 and one for children over 10 years.  You may also enjoy traditional Mexican holiday food and hot chocolate and coffee donated by Starbucks.  

The Quad City Botanical Center will host the Posada Navidena; Tarsicio Macias publisher of Hola America is coordinating this event for Casa Guanajuato Mexican Cultural Center.

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Other activities the night of Posada at the Quad City Botanical Center:

Scrubby bear from the Red Cross will be here to teach children about fire safety and handing out free coloring books.

Pick up a free Spanish-language food and nutrition calendar filled with recipes and tips for healthy eating and living from University of Illinois Extension, Rock Island County.   Sign up for free food and nutrition programs for adults.  University of Illinois Extension is also giving away 50 free English-Spanish Interactive Language Tutorials specially-designed to assist Spanish speaking employees who work in the landscape industry.  The free package includes audio tapes, an English/Spanish Phrase dictionary and an Interactive Language Tutorial Compact Disc. 

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The Quad City Botanical Center Volunteers will make outside bird feeders with the children to take home and hang in their trees.  The Children can also make a birdfeeder to hang in the outdoor gardens of the Botanical Center.  Make sure to Visit the Quad City Botanical Center to buy a special Posada Keepsake.

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