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As East Austin faces rapid change, efforts are being made to preserve Parque Zaragoza’s customs and cultural significance. Learn how you can be a part of the 90th anniversary celebration of this historic park. Also, check out some top May 2022 Austin community events and volunteer opportunities.

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Parque Zaragoza in East Austin celebrates its 90th anniversary with festivities on May 14 from 1-5 p.m. In the park’s heyday, it served as a Mexican American community hub and hosted some of the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day celebrations. Conjunto and Tejano music concerts would draw the crowds as well as parades and Mexican baseball league games. Now, as the area faces rapid change and displacement, efforts are being made to preserve the park’s customs and cultural significance.

The celebration includes food, historical displays, pickleball demonstration, children’s art and recreation activities.

Music by: Conjunto Los Pinkys, Mariachi Corazón de Tejas, DJ Chris Tristan (Tejano Man)

Award Presentation: Congressman Lloyd Doggett will present the Esperanza (Hope) Award to the family of the late East Austin advocate Johnny Limon.

Special Ceremony: Unveiling of Parque Zaragoza Historical Marker

‍♀️ Know a student in grades 6-12 who wants to help create change?Spark Change Day on May 14 will offer a free day of civic engagement training for girls and non-binary students at the Texas Capitol. It will focus on community advocacy. Guest speakers include Travis County Attorney Delia Garza. Check out the agenda and sign up here.

Interested in supporting border issues? Here’s a creative way to do it. Head to the Artists for the Betterment of Kids at the Border group exhibition on May 14 at 5 p.m. featuring artists from both Texas and California. Proceeds benefit the Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley, which provides basic necessities for health, safety and support on the border.

️ Election Day is May 7! Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Learn what’s on the ballot in the League of Women’s Voters Guide available in English and Spanish.

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