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Salsa Festival to spice up Simi, while supporting diabetes research

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first_img“We’ve invited Mexican food restaurants in Simi Valley for the salsa-tasting contest, which is open to the public, with awards for the best salsa and hottest salsa,” Hoover said. “Last year we had over 500 people attending, and this year think we will attract 1,000 people.” The event is free and open to the public. There will be drawings with gifts offered by local businesses. Last year, the prizes included 39 gift baskets and a diamond ring. The restaurants are given tables to market their restaurants and offer their salsa, Driver said. “It’s a fun event, and it’s all for charity,” she said. “The Town Center has been wonderful on supporting us.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – The second annual Cinco de Mayo Salsa Festival is scheduled for May 5 at the Simi Valley Town Center, featuring a salsa-tasting contest and mariachi music. “It’s an important cultural festival and it also supports juvenile diabetes research, which is very important,” said Ray Cruz, executive director of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. The festival is being sponsored by the Simi Valley (Noontime) Rotary Club. Cheryl Hoover and her mother, Jody Driver, are organizing the event, which is scheduled to run from noon to 4 p.m. in the Simi Valley Town Center Community Room above the mall’s center court. last_img read more

Durham diary: More Irish drama, Neville’s on his bike and England beware Iceland

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first_imgIMO had recovered from his all-night bender at the Cuban bar amidst the sea of bodies by 10am so we strolled down to the café by the England hotel for brunch. All the photographers are still camped there all day. They were rewarded when Roy Hodgson came out of the hotel smiling, and Gary Neville went for a ride on his bike – but this time he was wearing a helmet. I joined in and took this picture of someone from the FA party riding a bike. How exciting. talkSPORT’s Drivetime and live football presenter Adrian Durham is reporting on the European Championship and every day he takes you behind the scenes in France. Today, he reflects on a great day following Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland’s dramatic late win over Italy and reveals his producer is having a mid-life crisis…I’ll start the diary today by saying that I don’t think I conveyed properly in yesterday’s piece just how much I enjoyed everything about the Northern Ireland game against Germany. Getting on a train in St Etienne, making my way across Paris, a new stadium I hadn’t been to before, the minnows against the world champions, meeting Keith Gillespie, working with him and Colin Murray, the keeper’s performance, the significance of it all for Northern Ireland. There is no Gareth Bale with this lot, their keeper is out of contract with a Scottish Premiership side. I thoroughly enjoyed it all, and L’Equipe’s marks for the Norn Iron players were decent too – maybe a bit low for McGovern in goal! Adrian Durham is bringing us the latest from France at Euro 2016 5 5 5 Did the show around the Group F games from a bar in Chantilly. Iceland’s late winner wasn’t the last of the drama in the dying moments yesterday, but it did mean England meet them instead of Portugal on Monday in Nice. A whole load of English football writers were also in the bar and they were ecstatic when I said Iceland had scored. It’s sometimes said that the English press want the national team to fail, but this is absolutely not true in my experience, and the reaction to drawing Iceland instead of Portugal proves that. On the other hand I have no idea how any England fans can feel over confident about facing Iceland, or any other nation for that matter. England just don’t do tournaments. We could only draw with the worst team in the whole competition in the opening game.Let’s see how it goes before celebrating avoiding Portugal in the round of 16.IMO and I went out to the Cuban bar (he can’t stay away, it’s a full on mid-life crisis now) to watch the Ireland game, which was great because Robbie Brady played well and Ireland went through, but it distorted the group a little bit. There is no way Italy would have played that line-up if they’d met Ireland in the first game, but by the time the final group fixture happened Italy had won the group, knew they faced Spain and so they fielded the rest of the squad. I guess that’s just the way it panned out.There is no doubt though that this third place qualification thing at these Euros has provided some great late drama.We ordered tapas off the menu in the bar for dinner. And it turned out to be a load of deep fried rubbish, including fish cakes – like the frozen ones. Unimpressive. Late night in the hotel bar watching the French TV round up of the Euros was interesting. They seem to be really loving Gareth Bale – so much so they’ve decided he is the true Prince of Wales! Bit unfair on Aaron Ramsey, who’s been the best player for the Welsh so far. 5 5 It’s meant to be my day off but I’m interviewing Wayne Rooney here in Chantilly tomorrow…last_img read more