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By: Marcela Saldivia
For: Red Rock News
Date: May 6, 2011

What's Latino Services Cooking Up at the Library in May?

These gorgeous spring days in Sedona inspire us to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking the red rocks, mountain biking, kayaking the Verde River, or doing yoga. It’s time to lose those extra pounds we gained over the cold and short winter days, isn’t it?

One of the ways to help us get back in shape is a good diet. But we don’t have to suffer and starve ourselves with tasteless and boring low-calorie foods. On the contrary, there are lots of exciting healthy dishes perfect for spring and summer to indulge ourselves without feeling guilty. The Verde Food Council, in partnership with Sedona Public Library and other non-profit organizations is offering nutrition talks, gardening tips, and cooking classes.

Sedona Public Library hosted the Council’s first cooking class on April 17 with tremendous success. Now for the enjoyment of those interested in eating favorite dishes in a more conscious and healthier fashion, the next class—“The Healthy Enchilada”—will take place on Sunday, May 22 (2-5pm), in the commercial kitchen of the library. This upcoming cooking class will teach you how to make delicious vegan enchiladas while exploring the history of the tortilla and chile pepper concoctions. Attendance is limited, so call today to reserve your space! The class is free to all; donations are appreciated.

The first course in the Latino Services menu for this month is a Mother’s Day celebration. In Spanish-speaking countries, El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) is traditionally celebrated on May 10 starting with a Mass and then treating mom with gifts, dining out, and lots of love. It’s a special day when we don’t let our loving mothers do anything but relax and have fun!

Latino Services will honor our Hispanic moms (and all moms) with a big fiesta on Friday, May 13 in the Si Birch Community Room (6-9pm). This is the third year in a row that Latino Services has celebrated El Dia de la Madre to give a well-deserved break to all hard-working mothers in Sedona. First up will be Magical Michael Steele who mesmerizes audiences of all ages with his enchanting show. He will be followed by D.J. Fernando from Flagstaff who will play favorite tunes upon request and karaoke to sing along with. Mexican food delights will be available thanks to the generous donation of a local restaurant. Do not miss this fabulous party of motherly love and fun! All mothers and their families are invited to attend this free-of-charge event.

Some side dishes in the Latino Services programming calendar include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes beginning on Wednesday, May 18 (6:30-7:45pm), and continuing every Wednesday on a regular basis. Another special treat to the Sedona community for which Latino Services has been a liaison is the third calligraphy workshop (topic: Flourishes!), offered by Master calligrapher Jeanne Poland in the Quiet Study Room on Tuesday, May 24 (10am-4pm).

The icing on the cake will be “Gabriel Garcia Marquez Magical Realism,” a Latin American literature lecture presented by NAU professor Edward Waters Hood. Professor Hood, an expert on Garcia Marquez and his oeuvre, will offer an anecdotal multi-media lecture on the fiction of the Nobel Laureate author. This event will be conducted in English on Saturday, May 28 (6:00-7:30pm) in the Si Birch Community Room. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free to all!

Other ongoing zesty dishes prepared by Latino Services are Bilingual Story Time for children ages 3-8 (every first Saturday of the month), and Latino Cine Forum for adults (usually on the first Monday of the month). Join us on Saturday, May 7 at 11am in the Children’s Room for Bilingual Story Time! It’s a great opportunity to have your children learn some Spanish words while having fun listening, singing, and playing along with creative crafts. The Latino Cine will take place on Monday, May 9 at 6 pm and will present the controversial real-life story of the enigmatic Mexican nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Come to the Sedona Library during the month of May and get a full taste of Latino Services delights! For more information call 928-282-7714 or email

Elizabeth Cate
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Marcela Saldivia, Ph.D., is Latino Services Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.