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Church in Mecca prepares festival to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month

El Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe, a Catholic church in Mecca is hosting its inaugural festival to celebrate the independence of Mexico and several Latin American countries.

Father Francisco Valdovinos, the pastor of El Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe, said it is important to bring unity among Latinos in the Coachella Valley especially during this important national holiday.

“To get together as one community and to celebrate our unity,” Father Valdovines said. “To have our people together with music and food.”

Although there is a large Mexican population in the East Valley, this church is welcoming all Central and South Americans in the Coachella Valley. The plan is to commemorate the independence day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which is on September 15. Mexico’s independence day is on September 16,  and Chile’s is on September 18.

Alfonso Gonzalez is a parishioner and is one of the organizers of the festival.

“We are trying to unite and fusion our cultures,” Gonzalez said. “Not just us Mexicans but rather celebrate with the Salvadoran, the Guatemalan, the Central Americans so they can feel that this is their town too.”

Gonzalez said another goal of the festival is to help fund raise money to build classrooms for catechism classes.

Lilia Sanchez was outside the church selling some traditional garments, and she said she is excited to show off her own dresses this coming weekend.

“I’m proud of wearing my traditional dresses,” Sanchez said. “It’s important to remember where we come from. We are rich in tradition and culture.”

Organizers said there will be all sorts of activities including traditional Mexican folk dances, mariachi performances, and dances with horses.College of the desert’s mexican folk ballet is one of the dance troupes scheduled to perform. Of course, there will be plenty of food to choose from!

The event will take place on Saturday September 15 from 11 am to 10 pm, and on Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm. Mass times will not change during this coming weekend.

Father Valdovinos said this festival is a way of passing along the rich history and culture that characterizes Latin and Central America.

This company will pay you $120K to visit resorts, eat Mexican food

They say that if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life — Vidanta, a luxury resort company, is hiring for a position that surely will confirm that cliché. The leading luxury resort company throughout Mexico and Latin America is hiring for the “World’s Best Job,” which is essentially a paid yearlong vacation across beautiful resorts in Mexico. Oh, and you have to document your experience on social media.

Vidanta is going to pay someone $120,000 to “leave the office life behind and make some of Mexico’s most impressive resorts their new workplace,” according to a press release.

The extremely, unbelievably lucky brand ambassador will spend their days “acting as Vidanta’s on-location social influencer, gathering content by experiencing all of the comfort, relaxation, adventure and luxury they have to offer.” The new “office” locations? Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco and Puerto Vallarta.

Iván Chávez, executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta, notes that considering the resort amenities (gourmet dining, high-end spas, partnerships with Cirque du Soleil, etc.), the “perks” of the position are “endless.” He says that the candidate will “fully immerse themselves” in each of the resort destinations.


Such immersive experiences might be “uncovering ancient Mayan ruins” or “discovering the hottest new restaurants and nightclubs” and also “attending the biggest shows and entertainment offerings in the area.” To sum things up, Ivàn says, “this is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.”


The press release notes that there’s not a “typical work day” for this position, but each day will entail creating engaging content that will inspire travelers worldwide “by experiencing both the local culture and Vidanta resort life.” Apparently that means breakfast in bed, spa days, golf and “fist pumping to the world’s biggest DJs … soaking up the sun poolside, margarita in hand.”


On top of the one-year salary of $120,000, the job includes “travel expenses, dining credit at each of the resorts and resort accommodations at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta,” the most expansive Vidanta destination, comprised of five resort hotel brands.

The lucky candidate will go through “extensive employee training” that will provide “valuable insights and life-long skills” to set them up for a successful career. All applicants must apply online and submit their resume plus an optional one-minute video. The final deadline is Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11:50 p.m. CDT. Vidanta notes that while former experience is not required to apply, the ideal candidate will be good at:

  • Talking to people and making connections
  • Communicating things they’re enthusiastic about in a way that gets others on board
  • Documenting the journey through social media
  • Brainstorming new creative approaches to campaigns
  • Staying on top of trends, technologies and other influencers

According to the website, Vidanta’s marketing and social media team will reach out to some candidates for video or phone interviews. The Chosen One will be announced on Nov. 1 via Vidanta’s social media channels.

Mollie Tibbetts case: Undocumented immigrant charged with murder of missing Iowa student

Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who was last seen during an evening jog a month ago, was believed to have been found dead and an undocumented immigrant has been charged with her murder, authorities said on Tuesday.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was charged with first-degree murder, the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials said a body had been found early Tuesday in a farm field southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa.

The identity of the body has not been confirmed, but it was believed to be Tibbetts.

“Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community. It is a loss for all of us,” Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel said in a news release.

Investigators said they used surveillance video to track down Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts, 20, jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn, as well as Rivera’s car.

Officials believe Rivera is from Mexico and had seen Tibbetts jogging in the past, according to NBC affiliate KWWL.

A massive search had been underway for Tibbetts, who vanished on July 18 and whose disappearance sparked national attention.

Dozens of volunteers in the town of Brooklyn, Iowa, which has a population of about 1,500, had been searching fields around her house and the house where she was staying. Searches were also conducted by ground and air, and the use of K-9s.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa offered a reward of nearly $400,000 for any tip that led to her safe return.

The surrounding area had been covered with missing person posters, T-shirts and billboards pleading for help in finding the missing woman.

Police were also scanning Tibbetts’ digital footprint in an attempt to find her, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt said last month. Tibbetts, an avid runner, often wore a Fitbit, according to her family.

Tibbetts’ boyfriend, Dalton Jack, said he received a Snapchat message from her the night she disappeared after she would have returned from her run. She was reported missing the following day after she failed to show up for work.

Jack is not a suspect in the investigation. He was working a construction job about 100 miles northeast in Dubuque when Tibbetts went missing.

“She’s not going to run off,” Jack said in an interview earlier this month. “I try not to speculate on it too much because the only thing that comes into your head whenever you’re not investigating all the facts is that something bad happened and you don’t, I personally don’t want to believe that.”

Tibbetts was staying at Jack’s home, where she was watching his dogs, at the time she went missing.