Brevard Family Fair in Andretti

Andretti Thrill Park is at 3960 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. For more information, call 321-956-6706. (Photo: Al Dia Today)
Andretti Thrill Park is at 3960 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. For more information, call 321-956-6706. (Photo: Al Dia Today)

By Maria Sonnenberg
For Al Día Today

In addition to all of the Andretti rides, the event includes bounce houses, clowns, live music and food vendors. It’s a win-win situation for park guests and the community at large.

Day passes to Andretti, which usually sell for $34.99, will go for $25 that day. Profits from the event will benefit La Sombrillita, the Hispanic arm of Yellow Umbrella.

As part of Yellow Umbrella, La Sombrillita is one of 100 nationally accredited child abuse prevention centers.

La Sombrillita’s parent education programs help participants become effective, empowered parents. Additional services include anger management workshops, courses for divorcing parents, teen-specific programs and guidance with family finances and careers.La Sombrillita is also one of the organizations taking advantage of the Brevard Hispanic Center, a new resource aimed at Brevard’s population in need, especially the quickly growing Latino community.The Hispanic Center took shape after participants in Viva Brevard began brainstorming about ways to better serve the local Hispanic population.“There is such a great need,” said Al Dia Today publisher Javier Molinares, one of the organizers of the new facility, located at 4670 Babcock St. in Palm Bay.

“We have close to 40,000 Latinos in Brevard. We need resources to help this population.”

The new Center will house organizations that, like La Sombrillita, focus on assistance to Hispanic individuals and families. Molinares and other organizers envision the facility as a “one-stop shop” to help the community with issues relating to health, education, immigration, job placement, economic empowerment and family.

Government entities, civic organizations and private practices are expected to provide a presence at the Center. For example, the law office of immigration attorney David Stoller plans to field immigration-related questions at the new facility.The League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, will also be represented. LULAC’s mission is to advance the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population in the United States.

Brevard Hispanic Center is at 4670 Babcock St., Suite 5, Palm Bay. The center is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. For additional information, call 321-327-8938.

Andretti Thrill Park is at 3960 S. Babcock St., Melbourne. For more information, call 321-956-6706.

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