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Northeast Ohio offers many Hispanic Heritage Month options
By La Prensa Staff


The annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month [HHM] in Northeast Ohio offers many events and options to celebrate cultural heritage and educate the overall community about Latino customs, history, and traditions.

A celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. at Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Ave., in Cleveland. The event will feature Mexican food, music, dancing, raffles, contests, and activities for kids. Neighborhood Connections is funding the free family-friendly event.


Cuyahoga Community College [Tri-C] will host a Hispanic Heritage Month Showcase Monday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at its metropolitan campus, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland. The showcase is billed as a display recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americas and bringing awareness to their heritage and culture that stems from Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.


The Cleveland Public Library and Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center are teaming up for a

Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m. at the center located at 5209 Detroit Ave., Cleveland. The free family event will feature live music, dancing, crafts, and food.


A Latin American Film Festival that same day will feature movies, receptions, and community dialogue at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea. The university’s Spanish program is sponsoring the festival to build relationships between the BW-Berea community and the Hispanic population of Cleveland's West Side. More information can be found at bw.edu/events/2018/latin-american-film-festival.


The prominent place Latinos claim in the global community will be celebrated at One World Day on Sunday, Sept. 16, noon to 7 p.m. at Cleveland Cultural Gardens, an event held every year since 1946. More than 25,000 people attended last year’s event, which features a parade of flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment, gardens exhibitors, authentic diverse ethnic food, guided Lolly the Trolley Tours, and children’s activities. 


Global Cleveland is hosting a monthly discussion series on immigration at the Beachwood branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd. The first in the series is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., to be followed by another event Thursday, Oct. 11.




Lorain will host its Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff event on Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., in the Terrace Room at St. Clarence Church, 30106 Lorain Rd. The Ohio Colombian Foundation is hosting the 21 and over event, which costs $10 at the door. Reservations are required at the group’s website www.ohiocolombianfoundation.org.


El Centro in Lorain will host a pair of events to mark Hispanic Heritage Month. The nonprofit group will hold its ninth annual Block Party on Friday, Sept. 21, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., at its offices at 2800 Pearl Ave. The same location will be where the annual United Way Day of Caring and El Centro Health Fair will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The Lorain Public Library will host a number of events at its various branches, including A Taste of Panama on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. and a performance by “Escencia Boricua,” a Puerto Rican cultural dance troupe on Saturday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m., at its main branch, 351 W. 6th St. in Lorain. Events at the South Lorain Branch, 2121 Homewood Dr., include a performance by acoustic guitarist Victor Samalot on Saturday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m., and the 7 Mile Isle steel drum band on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Lorain Public Library. See page 10.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts will host a mariachi concert as the second performance in its "Around the World" Music Series on Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., at the North Water Street Gallery, 300 North Water Street, in downtown Kent. The concert is billed as the 16th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring Mariachi Santa Cecilia, a four-piece mariachi band performing traditional and popular music of Mexico and beyond.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Hispanic Heritage Month began as a week in mid-September under the administration of President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and was expanded by law to a full month, September 15 to October 15, in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan.


During the 30-day period, diverse Hispanic cultures are celebrated across the U.S. The date of Sept. 15 and the week that follows it is significant because it marks the anniversaries of independence for seven Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico’s anniversary falls on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18. In addition, Oct. 12 marks el Día de la Raza (Columbus Day). 


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