Located in the Front Garden. As the capstone to a month of programming in celebration of this time-honored Mexican tradition, the Center’s annual Altar-Lighting ceremony takes place November 1 on our front lawn.
Our 12’ public altar, constructed by local sculptor Jim Callahan, has ample room for photos and other items that honor lost loved ones, and every year we invite community members to contribute their mementos to the ofrenda in a shared celebration of those who have passed on.
There are lots of ways to get involved in our annual Día de Muertos programming, including volunteering, in-kind or financial contributions, and sponsorships.
Schedule of Events
- 6:00 – 6:30 PM: Arrive, snacks, kids activities
- Location: back patio
- 6:30 – 7:00 PM: Opening / Altar lighting
- Location: Front steps of the Community Center
- 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Dance performance by Grupo Folklorico Quetzalén
- Location: Back Patio
- 7:30 – 8:30 PM: Tamales! Celebrate and enjoy tamales made by staff and community members. Donations appreciated!
FREE and open to the public
You may submit a photo of your loved one for the public altar prior to the event or feel free to bring your photo to the event.
Photos (no larger than 8.5 × 11), name of loved one and date range can be emailed to scc@sonomacommunitycenter, and we will laminate the image. It can also be dropped off in the SCC office Mon – Fri 10 AM – 4 PM. Deadline to submit to SCC is October 27th, 2023.
Every October, the Center offers a variety of programs and other activities in conjunction with Día de Muertos, inviting our community to join us in exploring the cultural practices and traditions surrounding this holiday. Please check our event calendar for more information about upcoming Día de Muertos programming and events.