Tempe Tardeada will honor an Arizona State University professor and several high school scholarship recipients when it holds this year’s award ceremony.
A tardeada is a social dance traditionally held on Sunday afternoons. Tempe’s version of the festival typically offers traditional and modern Hispanic dancing and music, tortilla-making demonstrations, a look at Tempe’s historic Hispanic roots, food and more. The city has hosted the event for 22 years in connection with Hispanic Heritage Month, which is in October.
While this year’s public event was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, a small ceremony was hosted. Kids can also still take part in the annual coloring contest. Children attending kindergarten through 5th grades can enter to win $25 gift cards from Target. Drawings should depict Tempe’s Hispanic heritage and two winners will be chosen from each grade. To enter, photos of the drawing should be emailed, along with a completed entry form, to email@example.com. All entries must be received by Oct. 21.
During the small awards ceremony, which can be viewed at tempe.gov/tardeada, Dr. Santos C. Vega was honored. A former ASU professor, a Tempe Tardeada Advisory Board member and author of several books about Hispanic culture and heritage in Tempe, Dr. Vega was honored for his service to the community.
Previously, Dr. Vega received the President’s Volunteer Service award from then-President Barack Obama. He also served as President of the Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education.
Two $1,000 scholarships were presented to Tempe students at the ceremony. Seniors MiMi Harris and Angel Gabriel Paredez Gonzalez were chosen from among nearly 50 applications, the city said.
Tardeada is expected to return in its full form next year.