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Salsa and mariachi headline party at library

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Mariachi Flor de Toloache, an all-female, nine-member mariachi band founded in New York City in 2008, will perform at the Darien Library Thursday, Aug. 14.

Amateur salsa chefs are invited to enter their creations into Darien Library's salsa-making competition at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.

The competition is part of the grand finale to the adult summer reading program.

Participants should bring enough salsa for three judges to sample and the rest will be served to the audience. Chips will be provided.

The guest judges are Kristien and Dan Del Ferraro, of OmNomCt.com, and Megan Spicer, of the Darien News. Prizes of $100 will be awarded to adult chefs and kid chefs ages 12 and under.

Following the contest, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, an all-female, nine-member band founded in New York City in 2008, will perform using the traditional instruments of mariachi -- violins, trumpets, guitarron, vihuela and guitar.

The members hail from the United States, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Dominican Republic, Italy, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico. Each member's cultural background adds diversity to the group's unique sound, according to its Facebook page.

The band has performed for the Mexican Consulate, Queens Museum, El Museo del Barrio, private events, the annual St. Cecilia mariachi festival and annual Guadalupe festivities in dozens of churches, and completed a five-week tour in Spain in 2011.

For information, visit www.darienlibrary.org.

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