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Food, fun, dance and more at Fiesta de Tamales
English in Action fundraiser set for Oct. 19
Courtesy photo Got tamales? English in Action, which celebrates 25 years in 2019, presents its popular Fiesta de Tamales fundraiser Oct. 19 at Basalt High School. It features food, fun and a dance performance.

RFWJ Staff Report

Fiesta de Tamales, the popular and tasty fundraiser that benefits English in Action, returns this weekend with homemade food, music, performances by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Folklórico group and more.

The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Basalt High School. Advance tickets (purchased by Oct. 18) run $20 per adult and $7 for a child. At the door they cost $25 for adults and $10 for kids.

According to a press release, “This family friendly event brings together hundreds of community members from different backgrounds for an authentic celebration of the diverse cultural traditions that coexist in the Roaring Fork Valley.”

The admission price includes a homemade tamale and pupusa dinner until 7 p.m.; entertainment by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico and local musicians. There will also be a DJ, courtesy of Radio Tricolor, piñatas for the children, art activities from The Art Base as well as prize drawings. Those prizes include $1,000 in cash, an Aspen Getaway Package and a Glenwood Springs Adventure Package.

English in Action, which started in 1994 as a project of the Basalt Regional Library, describes its mission as “Building community through language and leadership development.” The project spun off from the library in 2005 and has its main office in El Jebel with a satellite office in Aspen’s Pitkin County Library.

Basalt High School, site of the party, is located at 600 Southside Dr. For more information on the event call 970-963-9200. To learn more about English in Action or to buy tickets, go to