FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  November 30, 2005
CONTACT: Robert Garcia, Director of the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, (361) 882-7837; Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337

Volunteers Needed for 22nd Annual “Navidad de los Ninos” at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center
More than 1,000 children expected to attend annual Christmas Festival

Volunteers are needed for the 22nd  “Navidad de los Ninos” (Children's Christmas Festival) at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center (Garcia Center) on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The annual free Christmas festival for children and their families is co-sponsored by the Westside Business Association and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Education. 

Every year more than 1,000 children attend the event and are treated to a free photo with Santa, a small toy, and a bag of treats. There will be activity booths, music and entertainment provided by the Garcia Center’s Falcon Folklorico and hip-hop dance team Hyper Squad. There will also be drawings for boys’ and girls’ bicycles, Leap Frog games, and boom boxes.

Volunteers are needed on Friday, Dec. 2 to help with setup and on Saturday, Dec. 3 to help manage booths at the event. Volunteers are encouraged to wear festive attire and comfortable shoes. For more information or to volunteer, contact Christmas Festival Committee Chair Elizabeth Esparza at 886-6463 or Garcia Center Director Robert Garcia at 882-7837.
The Garcia Center, located at 2021 Agnes St. is a department of the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Its mission is to provide art and educational programming for families. Programs include America Reads and the Literacy Connection, which offer free one-on-one reading tutorial programs to children and adults, the Life Enhancement and Academic Direction program, and nutrition classes through a partnership with the Corpus Christi Food Bank.