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Tikis & Tacos wraps up summer challenge

Silver City, New Mexico, August 1, 2014:  The summer challenge for area youth, “101 Things To Do In Grant County,” wraps up with the luau, Tikis &Tacos, for all Grant County families on Friday, August 8, 2014, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Park on Fort Bayard Road in Santa Clara.  Like all 101 Things activities, the luau is free.

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Coordinator, Razanna Robinson-Thomas said the luau is “to celebrate our youth, our partners, and the parents who supported this endeavor!”

Robinson adds, “We want to bring everyone together to talk about positive strides being made by our youth. Tikis and Tacos is truly an event for anyone and everyone in our community!”

The summer challenge, “101 things for Youth To Do In Grant County,” is sponsored by the YSAPC and created in partnership with the 50 establishments listed. The challenge is based on The Silver City Arts and Cultural District’s original program “101 Things To Do In Silver City.”

Tikis & Tacos is a fusion of the Polynesian beach culture with the flavor of southwest New Mexico cuisine.  Tiki-rific games for all ages, live music by local bands and, of course, free tacos are just part of the fun available for families on Friday.

The New Mexico Systems of Care Youth Group coordinated luau’s musical entertainment, after last year’s wildly successful open air concert for area teens at Penny Park. For the Luau, the Youth Group has lined up such notable local talent as Image, Undoing Ruin and Wrath of the Popcorn Sutton.  DJ Justin Blanton will MC the event, which the group promises will be a great time for all attendees.

Jordan McCain, 10, said she plans to be at Tikis & Tacos after she won an iPod Shuffle and gift certificate by participating in “101 Things.”  McCain’s favorite activity was Number 26, “do a kick flip at Skate Park.”  She completed her entry card as part of the Silver Recreation Center’s Summer Program.

Silver City Recreation Center Director, Mike Madrid said “as soon as I saw the 101 Things, I knew this is something our children would enjoy,” and incorporated the activities into their summer program for youths. “I, personally, know four children who have won prizes,” said Madrid.  “I plan to be at Tikis and Tacos to see who wins that yellow tandem bike!” The tandem bicycle is one of the grand prizes to be awarded on Friday; also to be raffled is a BC electric guitar, and Fender acoustic guitar and Samsung digital video camera.

Madrid said the program has been a success at his facility, “We’ve had children and parents coming by all summer to walk the trail around the Recreation Center,” which is activity Number 79 of “101 Things.”

The Bayard Public Library reported similar success with the summer challenge.  Assistant Librarian, Sonya Dixon said, “Participation has been amazing, and our circulation is double, if not tripled, this year.”

The Silver City Museum[‘s Curator of Education, Charmeine Wait said, “close to 200 youths” have visited the museum to participate in activity Number 5, explore the Gila Wilderness interactive exhibit. “It’s been a fantastic turn out!”

The Silver City Public Library Director, Eileen Silva said, “This year we had a record number of teens that participated in the Summer Reading Program, and [101 things] was a defiantly a component of that success. It was a fantastic collaboration!”

Participating youths complete 20 activities from the list on available entry cards to be eligible for prizes, 10 of which must be activities offered by establishments, and then youth drop off the completed entry card to be eligible for prizes that will be awarded. Youths can bring completed cards to Tikis & Tacos to be entered in the grand prize drawings. Prizes were selected by youth focus groups held by YSAPC.

YSAPC is a program of the Grant County Community Health Council, which is the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners and supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.

Tikis and Tacos is Friday, August 8, 2014, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Park on Fort Bayard Road in Santa Clara. For more information call (575) 388-1198 or visit our website at

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 09:26

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