"It was something I'll never forget. I felt like I was a part of
Reifler and the rest of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will perform at
2 p.m. as part of the inaugural Cesar Chavez Birthday Celebration. The
event is co-sponsored by the library, the city of Burbank, Friends of the
Burbank Public Library and the Burbank Human Relations Council.
Today is Chavez's birthday, which is being recognized as a state
holiday for the first time. The labor leader died in his sleep on April
"I think this is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the life of
Cesar Chavez and his contribution," said John Fuchs, library services
director. "It's also a good way to recognize the Latino heritage in our
community and throughout the country."
Videos and books on Chavez's life and work will be available at the
event, but the main draw will be Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles.
The all-female mariachi group -- whose members range in age from 14 to
40 -- debuted in 1994, and is known throughout California for its lively
rhythms and intricate harmonies.
"Mariachi music is a really wonderful genre," Reifler said. "It
appeals to a large range of people, not just Latinos but people all over
the world. It's really accessible to a Western ear."
The response to the group's scheduled performance has been
"We've had so many people call and say they want to come, we decided
to hold it on the grass," said Ellen Tanner, library services manager.
IF YOU GO
* WHAT: Inaugural Cesar Chavez Birthday Celebration
* WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday
* WHERE: Burbank Public Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
* COST: Free.
* INFO: 238-5600.