Re-Direct Cinco de Mayo on Saturday is for all family members

Know and Go: What: Cinco de Mayo fundraiser for ReDirect Where: Glen Edwards Middle School, 204 L St. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday How much: Entry is free. Food is $5 a plate, including rice, beans and a choice of one entrée, and will also be $1 a la
By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Are you looking for a family friendly Cinco de Mayo celebration? Look no further than Glen Edwards Middle School because ReDirect will have a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser to benefit the organization. ReDirect is an organization that provides activities for Lincoln youth and also offers resources and opportunities to youths at risk, according to president Karen Hernandez. The family festivities will be on Saturday. Hernandez said entry to the Cinco de Mayo celebration is free and money for the organization will be raised by food and art sales. The food cooked on site will include carne asada tacos, chicken tostadas and enchiladas. Each can be bough a la carte but can also be bought as a plate that includes rice and beans. For the children, there will be free face painting, carnival games and clay art, which Hernandez said will be sponsored by Emmaus Church. Dancing will be involved as well, with Aztec dancing and ballet folklorico. “I’m excited because the Lincoln Youth Center kids have their own troupe and the moms are actually buying the material to make the costumes,” Hernandez said. Paola Zamora, 10, and sister Janeth Zamora, 13, are part of the dance troupe, and both said they are excited to dance. “A lot of people don’t really know our culture, so I get the good feeling of showing people what our culture is about,” Janeth said. Paola said she is excited about “dancing again and showing off my culture.” Some youth will create art, which will be sold at the festival, with proceeds going to ReDirect. “It’s a family event and we want everyone to come and enjoy it. It’s not just for Latinos,” Hernandez said. Money raised will help fund the diversion programs, field trips to places like San Francisco and Sky Zone, and the youth center. The field trips are to help the kids experience and see other areas, according to Hernandez. As for what ReDirect is doing, the message is clear. “We’re still trying to provide resources for kids at no charge to get them out of trouble,” Hernandez said.