Butterfly Fest 2023
Just like monarch butterflies returning to their home nesting grounds, Butterfly Fest came home this year! A fire at Peace Church in April 2022 caused Listos bilingual preschool programming to migrate to Mount Olive Church for the 2022-2023 school year. But Butterfly Fest on Aug. 19 marked the home migration of Listos to Peace Church.
The event featured performances by students from Listos Preschool and
Gage Elementary’s Spanish Immersion program. As well as dances by
Listos Program Director Viridiana Anguiano Zarate and Juan Perez of PakkiParty arrangements.
A Quarry Hill Nature Center demonstration about monarchs, tours of the new classrooms, and many free children's activities as part of the community resource fair.
A new feature was the “Be the Change” Butterfly Garden where children reenacted the Butterfly lifecycle in a life-size obstacle course.
Chef Enrique Nuñez, a parent of two Listos graduates, debuted his new catering company, La Receta. His menu is inspired by growing up working in his family’s restaurant in Peru.
The grand finale was an Aztec dance presentation by Rochester’s Danza Azteca Del Tepeyac.
The event helps build community and provide a rich cultural educational experience. Our goal is supporting healthy habitats so the monarch butterfly can thrive and creating positive environments for all children to reach their highest potential.
Participating groups and businesses:
Somos Latinos, Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group
PakkiParty, Rochester-based party arrangement company
Quarry Hill Nature Center
Rochester Catholic Schools
Dariale Rodulfo Real Estate
Legal Assistance of Olmsted County
Families First of Minnesota
Rochester Art Center
Cradle 2 Career
Face painting by Tere
DJ SupaFly sound and Photo Booth
La Receta, Peruvian food
Michoacana Purepecha, Mexican treats
League of Women Voters
Nicole Mills Photography
Butterfly Fest 2023 was presented by
Thank you to the more than 500 people who participated in Butterfly Fest 2022 Downtown Rochester
Thank you to everyone who was part of Listos 2019
Day of the Dead fundraising dinner
It was an unforgettable evening of culture, cuisine and community with a gourmet meal by Le Cordon Bleu trained Peruvian chef Enrique Nuñez, live music by Fernando Ufret, performances by Kuyayki Peru dancers of the Twin Cities and Rochester actress Laura Fierro, local art silent auction and cultural displays.
Proceeds support Listos Preschool and Childcare's bilingual programming and scholarships.
Images from 2019 Day of the Dead
Images of 2018
Images by Nicole Mills Photography
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the TacoTrot
5K fun run and children's ninja warrior course
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Silver Lake Park East shelter
The fundraiser was a great kick off to Listos Learning
bilingual adult community education
Classes to be held at 4 pm at Listos:
Sept. 30: Renters rights by Legal Assistance of Olmsted County
Oct. 7: Improve your credit score by Three Rivers Community Action
Oct. 21: Benefits to registering for MNSure by Health Access MN
Oct. 28: Normal child development by Olmsted County Public Health
Nov. 4: Immunizations and early health needs by Public Health
Dec. 9: Car seat safety/ free car seats for families in need by Public Health