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EISOA Day of the Dead Celebration

The EISOA (Early Intervention Services for Older Adults) Program is a mix of multicultural participants who gather weekly for health, arts, education and socialization classes. On October 27, 2018 our participants celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead”, at a festive party held at our OCCTAC picnic facility.  Many of our participants have fond memories of this celebration that honors their ancestors and their memories. For these older adults, their childhood memories of Day of the Dead celebrations are colorful and vivid experiences. One of our participants commented about their childhood remembrance, “It was a party, everybody in my town came to the cemetery and spent time with their families who had died. I remember meeting and seeing all of my friends at the cemetery on that day. It was a celebration of life.” The EISOA participants brought their family pictures and prepared an altar, or altares, with the case managers’ assistance. For those who do not celebrate the Day of the Dead or had no knowledge of this cultural celebration, this was a beautiful opportunity to learn and share perspectives from other cultures.

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Day of the Dead Festival at Main Place Mall

We are so proud of our Performing Dance students who did an amazing presentation at the Main Place Mall this past Saturday during their Day of the Dead Festival Celebration. The Dance Preparatory Arts Academy, under the direction of our new dance instructor Janelle Ayaon,  presented a great show interpreted by our talented students, showing the power of art, dance and motion!

Here are a few pictures showing the amazing work that our students continue to do and present to everyone within our community!

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Engage360 Day of the Dead at Heninger Elementary School

In collaboration with Ms. Nancy and Mr. Skelly from Engage360, our OCCTAC teaching artists at Heninger hosted a family event where the parents, students and staff were involved in building 3 Altares at the MPR (Multi Purpose Room).

These altars will stay up for the next 2 weeks to encourage participation from all students and parents in embellishing them and making "ofrendas" (gifts/offers).

The parents participation was incredible! They participated by bringing pan dulce, hot chocolate and some "ofrendas" (gifts/offers)  making this event a very special memory! Thank you Ms. Nancy and Mr. Skelly for all your support!

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Halloween Fun at the Early Start & Pre-Kinder Program

Student from our Early Start and Pre-Kinder Arts program have fun today with their parents and teachers. Our Early Start and Pre-Kinder Arts program is a community-based early intervention program that serves very young children (6months to 4 years). This program prioritizes on serving parents and children with and without special needs playing and learning together!

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Fundraising for the Salgado Family

Recently, we lost a very special soul, Justin Salgado. 

Justin was a very talented student who unfortunately lost his fight against cancer, now we are trying to help the Salgado family with the funeral expenses that they have to cover.

OCCTAC would like to invite you to their fundraising event: Date: November 10th Time: 7 PM - 9 PM Location: 2215 N. Broadway St, Santa Ana, CA 92706 (OCCTAC)

All funds will be donated towards the Salgado Family.

There will be food, live performances by OCCTAC students and also by world recognized musicians, Lineu Andrade (Ex guitarist for Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman), Dr. Ken Foerch (Saxophonist of the Los Angles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), and students from the Avanti Music Program at KidWorks including our former OCCTAC student, Jocelyn Perez who is now an accomplish Singer and Song Writing.

If you would like to donate online, you can do so through the family's GoFundMe link listed below

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