By Roy Cook
Osiyo, my relatives. This Sunday, December 15, 2009 from 4:30 am to 7 pm Southern California American Indian Resource, SCAIR, welcomed San Diego Urban Tribal TANF participants to a Holiday extravaganza activity.
Sponsored by the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association, SCTCA, there is plenty of good cheer, gifts and entertainment to be enjoyed on the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians land at the Viejas Dream Catcher lounge and Viejas Outlet Center, in Alpine, California.
In the Dream Catcher’s, there is a very impressive wall of gift-wrapped presents. Cutlery sparkled on the covered tables as the holiday seasons music filtered into the festive gathering. Candy and beribboned centerpieces established a special Holiday atmosphere for the fun filled schedule of events.
The sounds of bells kept jingling as Santa Claus came out. Santa is, you know, that Red guy, Randy Edmonds, in the red suit with the sack over his shoulder. He called all the children to gather around him as hidden elves helped read off the names on the gaily wrapped gifts. There are spectacular gifts, all selected and wrapped by ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, enormous boxes, screams of excitement and joy over ‘their’ gifts. Here and there are piles of wrapping paper and ribbons, children riding and playing with the presents, sharing and having a wonderful time.
This evening is great fun until it is time to say, “It’s not over yet!” Some families went over to the Viejas Outlet Center bowling center or ice skating rink and many took in the Ice Princess show. Entirely too much fun!
There are outstanding memories captured by Gary Ballard, SCAIR photographer took formal studio family portraits. It feels good to see so many smiles and hear many giggles of joy. This is a real fun place to be. Even the Grinch will smile at the end of this good day.
Finally, from SCAIR this year, to all participants and your family, Ho, Ho, Ho. Thank you, Aho, Wado, Mehan.