DOÑA ANA – The recently formed Doña Ana Village Association will host a fall fiesta on October 23, where food and craft vendors, fresh produce, and community resources will be available in person.
The association was founded last year and registered as a non-profit at the beginning of this year. He has teamed up with the Doña Ana Village Historic Preservation Committee to campaign for the Colonia north of Las Cruces.
The Fiesta de Doña Ana takes place on October 23rd from 3pm to 6pm at the De La O Community and Outdoor Market at 135 Joe Gutierrez Street.
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Israel Chávez, one of the organizers of the association, said that in addition to conservation efforts in the historical area, more attention is needed to the needs of the people currently living in the community.
“It came out of a little frustration from the community – not feeling like it was getting the attention it needed and deserved,” said Chavez. “It’s a mostly low-income community where we have mixed-status families and families who have been there for hundreds of years.”
He said the group or organizers were discussing the possibility of founding the city, but decided against it at that point as it “can be very onerous under state law”. The idea with the non-profit association is to revive the Colonia and to take care of the people who live there.
Chavez said community members want improvements such as sidewalks, crosswalks, better access to community centers and less crime. And these problems are not new.
Born and raised in Doña Ana, Chavez said when he returned to the city to attend college after a decade of absence, he noticed the same problems exist.
This first club festival will include resources such as rental or utility assistance, health care, food aid, legal status, and more. County officials will be in attendance, as well as the local Diabetes Association, Western Sky Community Care, and the Mexican Consulate will be on hand to answer questions, connect people to appropriate sources, and assist with document processing.
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“We want people to feel, ‘Well, this is a place I can go when I need resources, but I can go there too and it will be a good time,'” said Chavez. “We hope people will do the hike to see the eldest of the three sisters, namely Doña Ana, Las Cruces and Mesilla. And we are happy to emphasize that this is a community of active people, of people who want to see positive change. “
The village of Doña Ana, which shares its name with the county, is north of Las Cruces. In 2010, about 1,200 people lived in the village according to the US census.
Chavez said festivals are likely to be seasonal in the future.
Leah Romero is the trend reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.