Announcement Date: 1994

Eugene incorporates Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center as a non-profit organization; Alicia Marines joins as administrator. He rents the San Pablo Civic Center to hold after-school classes in music, dance, arts and crafts, and cooking. Initial teachers include Francisco ‘Pato’ Diaz of Mariachi Azteca de San Jose, Pato’s children Carla and Juan , Eugene Rodriguez, Gilberto Gutierrez, Silvia Gonzalez de Leon, and Tom Fuglestad. Soon, the students themselves begin teaching classes as well. The first week of classes attracts 175 students.