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Eat tamales, benefit Dunbar

Can you judge who makes the best tamales in town? Donít miss the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Festival and Tamale Cook-off, taking place on Sunday, May 5, noon to 5 p.m., at Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. Organized by parents, proceeds from this event will benefit Sonoma Valley schools. Buy your tickets at Dunbar Movie Night, at The Toy Shop, Readers Books and Republic of Thrift in Sonoma, or at the door. Be sure to tell them you are part of Dunbar and a portion of the proceeds will go to the school.

Cinco de Mayo festivities include local celebrity judges, live music, traditional Mexican folk dancing and childrenís activities. The fun starts at noon with a performance by Aztec dancers, followed by Mariachi Nueva Generacin and local favorite, Ballet Folklrico Quetzaln. Children will enjoy face painting, bounce houses, games and crafts. Additional food and beverages will be available from vendors. Families can bring a blanket and relax on the grass or explore the gardens.

From 12 to 2 p.m., attendees will taste and vote for their favorite tamales. Official winners of the Professional and Amateur categories will be announced at 2:30 p.m., followed by a performance on the lawn by local band Tudo Bem.

Amateur tamale entries are still being accepted. Entry fee is $25, and entrants get a free ticket to the festival. For more information or to register, call 480-1805, or email

Tickets in advance are $18 for adults and $8 for kids ages three to 12, and include a full lunch and tamale tastings from all professional competitors. All children two and under are free of charge. Tickets at the door will be $25 for adults and $15 for kids three to 12.

Tickets can also be purchased online at