Celebrate and honor César Chavez this weekend


César Estrada Chavez visiting a college campus in 1974. (Source: Wikipedia)

This weekend there are two scheduled events being held to honor the life and legacy of Yuma native, community organizer and labor-leader, César Estrada Chavez.

On Saturday, March 30, a three-part event hosted by Ward 1 and Ward 4 city council members begins with an early morning bike ride at 8:30 a.m., the starting point is César Chávez Garden, located at 750 S. Stone Avenue. Cyclists will travel south down South Sixth Avenue to Ajo. At 9 a.m. cyclists will meet marchers on Ajo and continue south to Rudy Garcia Park, also known as Rodeo Park, located at 5001 S. Nogales Hwy, for a rally set to begin at 10 a.m.

TUGO bikes will be available for those who would like to participate but do not have their own. Water will be provided to riders and marchers and there will be food vendors on-site at Rudy Garcia Park for the rally.

On Sunday, March 31, the Latino Outdoors Tucson Chapter hosts an early morning hike followed by a talk about Chavez. Hikers will meet at King Canyon Trailhead in Tucson Mountain Park, if you’re heading north on Kinney Road it is about 100 yards past The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on the east side of the road. Hikers will depart the trailhead at 6:30 a.m. for the Red Hills Visitor Center in Saguaro National Park West where a talk about the life of Chavez is scheduled for 10 a.m.

For more information, check out the Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition Facebook page.