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Local fans cheer on their home country during FIFA World Cup Qatar viewing party; food vendors sell their products during Small Business Saturday

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  The Shirley Avenue Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Partnership hosted a FIFA World Cup Qatar viewing party along Shirley Avenue on Saturday. On Small Business Saturday, local vendors sold their products; guests stayed warm with a beer garden; and the Parks and Recreation Department provided games. Guests watched France play against Denmark in the morning and others watched Argentina play against Mexico in the afternoon.

Approximately 100 people attended, between the morning and afternoon World Cup games.
Alejandra Arguelles and Alan Meza, who were both born in Mexico, said they want Mexico to win, because the team is united this year.
Striker Lautaro Martínez, who plays for the Inter Milan and Argentina teams, is shown onscreen.
Jasmine Portillo and her dog, Jack, marked Wonderland her favorite spot on a map, because of the newly opened Starbucks.
Keyden, 3, with his grandfather, Giovanni Ortiz, played soccer. They wanted Argentina to win, because they wanted their favorite player, midfielder Lionel Mesi, to score.
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Shown from left to right: Claudia Cen and Valentina Moreno, who were born in Quintana Roo and Mexico City, respectively, and Danielle Osterman wanted Mexico to score, because they said that team is fresh.
Pictured from left to right: TDI fellow Laura Christopher, Alejandro Lopez and Valeria Fasolo enjoyed Mexican street corn from Eloti. They were rooting for Mexico to win because Lopez’s family is from Mexico.
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Pictured from left to right: Anakaren Gonzalez, Matthias Kriesche, 2, and Pascal Kriesche cheered on Mexico, because she is originally from Mexico. She added that she wants their son to learn the Mexican culture, especially soccer.
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Pictured from left to right: Cenk Cevik, Liliana Cevik, Patricia Cruz Zamora, Jesus Zamora, Yazmin Zamora and Will Murphy wanted Mexico to win, because most of them were born in Mexico City.
Veronica Lopez sold Eloti Mexican street corn.
Along Shirley Avenue, Fernando Vasquez and Neesha Suarez with their dogs, Loki and Edie, cheered on Denmark during Saturday’s World Cup FIFA game in Qatar.
Chocolaffee co-owner Diana Cardona sold s’mores and Colombian coffee beans covered in milk and white chocolate. She was rooting for Mexico to win the game, because she loves the culture, music and Eloti Mexican street corn.
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Inside the beer garden was Isabel Hincapie, who is from Valsos Table & Bar, which is next door. She hopes for Argentina to win the World Cup game because she likes the culture.
Laura and Peter Christopher with their children, Gerald, age two and a half, and Collette, age six months, rooted for Denmark, because of the country’s aesthetics.

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