Children's Day 2016

Tue
19
Apr

Children's Day dodges April showers with success

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Children gathered at the Johnson Park amphitheater in Marble Falls release balloons at the opening ceremony of Children Day on Saturday, April 16. Rain threatened but held off, just as predicted by founder of the event, Ely Banuet Rodriguez, leading the count-down in Minnie Mouse, stage center.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

THE HIGHLANDER

Johnson Park in Marble Falls became a concourse filled with the youngest of the Highland Lakes residents who came for the Children's Day celebration on Saturday, April 16.

Founder and president Ely Banuet Rodriguez had predicted April showers would hold as they always have. She welcomed children in whimsical Minnie Mouse ears to remind them of the opening prayers. Marble Falls Mayor John Packer read a proclamation of the day and members of  Foreign Wars Post 10376 and Cub Scout Pack 248 posted the colors.

"I was impressed by the crowd that stayed to the end," said Rodriguez. "We had more than 50 prizes to share, including bikes and electronic tablets."

 

 

Tue
12
Apr

Children's Day better than ever, Saturday

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Members of the Executive Committee of Children’s Day receive an official proclamation from the City of Marble Falls recognizing the event as celebrating “our greatest blessing, which is the children of our community and the very essence of youth and life and future dreams. At the April 5 presentation are Robin Rodriguez, registration coordinator; Cecilia Paul, decoration and bubble machine coordinator; Maria Lim of the Marble Falls McDonald's, food coordinator; Marble Falls Mayor John Packer; Ely Banuet Rodriguez, founder and president, and Fabiola Alamilla, volunteer recruiter/coordinator.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

THE HIGHLANDER

On Saturday, April 16, the gates open at 10 a.m. to the 16th Annual Children's Day Celebration-the Johnson Park event that has grown every year with more fun and games free to children age kindergarten to eighth grade.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the park amphitheater with a brief opening ceremony and balloon release that leads into the events that will go on until closing at 3 p.m. Learning centers, carnival rides, rock climbing and games are just a few of the attractions.

“People always ask about the weather,” said organizer Ely Banuet Rodriguez. “Just bring your poncho. Children's Day goes on with rain or without it. A few morning showers never close us down. It always clears up.

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