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4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration: "Fiesta Universal" Set for May 5 at Market Street; Scholarships to Benefit Montgomery College, NHMCCD Students

The Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber and Market Street in The Woodlands Town Center are hosting a communitywide fiesta to showcase Latin culture on Saturday May 5, from 5-10 p.m. in Market Street’s Central Park. Thousands are expected to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with authentic food, art and music including performances by Yelba y Latin Fire jazz band, voted one of Houston’s best bands for 2006. Mariachis from MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) Houston will entertain visitors from 8-10 p.m. as they meander around Market Street, and featured artist Kristian Rangel will showcase his award-winning works of art, including the signature artwork created exclusively for this event. Professional dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio will delight crowds with salsa, merengue, tango and other ballroom Latin dance performances while games and activities for kids will be offered by various local non-profit groups to help entertain the whole family. Samplings from authentic Latin cuisine will be featured from local food vendors such as Café Adobe, Taqueria los Petates and many more. In addition to the scheduled entertainment, scholarships will be presented to Conroe Independent School District seniors of Latin descent at the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Seniors attending Montgomery College, or any other college within the Lone Star College System, were eligible for these scholarships presented by The Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber Scholarship Committee. Berryhill Baja Grill, in coordination with the International Federation of Competitive Eating, will hold a Tamale Eating Contest during the event. This sanctioned contest will bring over 12 professional competitors and will be covered by ESPN to be televised at a later date. Visit the International Federation of Competitive Eating Web site for additional information at www.ifoce.com While at the celebration, attendees can register to win two roundtrip vouchers donated by Continental Airlines valued at $500 each. The raffle tickets are offered at $10 each with proceeds of sales to enhance next year’s scholarship fund. Winner will be announced at the event. Parking for the Cinco de Mayo celebration is available at the Town Center Garage next to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Six Pines Drive for $5. Market Street is within walking distance from the garage. Established in 2003, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber is a 501(c)6 organization managed by a volunteer board and officers. The Hispanic Chamber has no membership criteria regarding ethnic background or size of business. Everyone that has an interest in supporting or developing a relationship with the Hispanic business community in Montgomery County and surrounding area is welcome to join. For more information on the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber and updates for the Cinco de Mayo event, visit the Web site at www.mchcoc.org or contact Miguel Lopez at (281) 296-0466. Located across the street from The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Market Street is bounded by Lake Woodlands Drive, Lake Robbins Drive, Grogan’s Mill Road and Six Pines Drive. For more information on this and other Market Street activities, visit www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com Market Street is a joint-venture development of Trademark Property Company and Kimco Developers, Inc., an affiliate of the real estate investment trust (REIT) Kimco Realty Corporation.