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Día de los Muertos celebration Oct. 31 in St. Helena

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Kiara Yamada, Kailyn Brillantes

Kiara Yamada paints Kailyn Brillantes' face during the 2019 Día de los Muertos celebration at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus.

The UpValley Family Centers and Nimbus Arts will host the 13th annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave. in St. Helena.

In the weeks leading up to the free event, Nimbus Arts has been providing art kits to the community to create two Día-inspired public art installations in town.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a pre-Columbian Mexican holiday that honors life, death, and the memories of those no longer with us. For many years now, St. Helena has joined in this time-honored tradition, taking this holiday as an opportunity to bring neighbors together and celebrate the cultural diversity that enriches our local community.

The return of the annual in-person gathering acknowledges the community's resilience after a challenging year. With COVID-19 safety precautions in place, community members of all ages can safely re-connect and have fun. While this event is outdoors, attendees are asked to wear a face mask when in close physical proximity with other guests.

Come enjoy diverse foods, regional Latin American dances and music, traditional altars made in honor of loved ones. Nimbus Arts will be providing artisan craft kits for children during the event, as well as presenting a collaborative altar created by local students.

This year’s event will feature entertainment from the Baile Folklorico dance company, singer Jazmin Oro and the Saint Helena Community Band. Food will be available for purchase from food truck vendors Tacos El Cuñado and Platanito Latin Cuisine. The Family Centers will also showcase various services that are available to the community.

This year’s Día de los Muertos Community Celebration is made possible thanks to the generous support of Alan & Sarah Galbraith, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, The Doctors Company, The Cave Company, Central Valley, Napa Valley Wealth Management, Westamerica Bank, First 5 Napa County, Arts Council Napa Valley, the City of St. Helena, and Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus.

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