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A Hot Summer Awaits Families Seeking Fun

By La Prensa Staff

As each year passes, it seems northern and central Ohio and southern Michigan becomes a hotbed of summer fun for Latino families in all stages of life. This summer travel season will prove no different with food, fun, festivals, camps, and music across the region. Reported events include:


LORAIN International Festival is scheduled for June 28, 29, and 30. Visit https://www.loraininternational.com/

Sacred Heart Chapel is hosting its annual festival (Las Fiestas Patronales) July 12 to July 14.

CLEVELAND: The annual Puerto Rican Parade is being planned for August but a date has not yet been announced.   

COLUMBUS: Festival Latino is scheduled for August 10 and 11, 2019 at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus. Visit: http://festivallatino.net/

TOLEDO: The Believe Academy is enrolling students ages give and up for its summer camp being held at the Believe Center, 1 Aurora Gonzáles Dr., Toledo. The educational program offers STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and math), summer reading, field trips, outdoor activities, team-building exercises, and free meals and snacks. There are discounted rates available and transportation for an extra fee. More information can be obtained by calling 419.509.4481 or via email at believeacademy1@gmail.com.

Nana’s Garden at the Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center (SQACC), 1222 Broadway St., will be prominently featured as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series on Saturday, June 22, 1 to 3 p.m. The free educational event is open to the public, as SQACC staff show off the garden of 51 raised beds. Nana’s Garden produced more than 2,500 pounds of pesticide-free produce donated to a local food bank over the past three years. Neighborhood families also have been permitted to harvest hundreds more pounds of free produce to use at home. Some of the fresh produce also is used for cooking classes in Nana’s Kitchen at SQACC. More information can be found at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm website, www.oeffa.org.

Latino Scholarship Night, sponsored by La Prensa, with the Toledo Mud Hens is set for Thursday, July 18. A Tejano conjunto band from Austin, Texas—JR Gómez and the Conjunto Bandits— will perform in Hensville Park from 8 to 10 p.m., which will include fireworks after the game. La Familia Mancha Entertainment is co-sponsoring the band from Texas. There will be music and dancing outside the main gates before and during the ballgame. Scholarships will be awarded during pregame ceremonies at about 6:30pm. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Adrianne of La Prensa at 419-870-2797 or Rico at 419-870-6565.  

SQACC will host a free outdoor movie night in Nana’s Garden on Friday, July 19, 8 to 11 p.m. Tacos with Tia and Tio will feature the Selena movie starting at 9 p.m., with concessions that will include tacos, snow cones, popcorn and other snacks. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. Yvonne Ramos-Ybarra of Yvonne y Fuego will sing Selena songs for the enjoyment of families who attend. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

SQACC also is hosting a free, one-week summer camp called Arts and Eats Day Camp. The program, which runs July 29 through August 2, is geared at kids ages 8 to 12. Activities will include cooking, art classes in clay, painting, and drawing, along with gardening and other outdoor fun. The camp is being held at the center, 1222 Broadway St. Families can register by calling 419.241.1655 or visiting the website, www.sqacc.org.

Saints Peter and Paul Parish is hosting its annual fundraiser festival on August 2 to August 4. Agenda will be announced shortly in La Prensa.

A big night of norteño music is planned at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo when Enigma Norteño pairs up with Los Humildes de los Hermanos Ayala on Friday, Aug. 2. The show is part of the ProMedica Concert Series and is co-sponsored by La Prensa and Owens-Illinois. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. VIP seating is available for $45. Presale tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and the Huntington Center box office. Lawn chairs and blankets permitted for general admission tickets.

The eighth annual Barrio Latino Art Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 1 to 11 p.m., at the corner of Western and Broadway, Toledo. The festival will feature local art, music, dancing, and food. There will be a mural painting, vendors, kids’ area, art-related awards ceremony and artwork for sale. Volunteers are being sought and the even began charging an admission last year. More info can be found by calling sponsor Nuestra Gente Community Projects at 567.702.0040.

FOSTORIA: San Antonio-based band Grupo Vision will make its Ohio debut during a concert Friday, June 28, at the Venue 18 Entertainment Complex, 11295 W. State Route 18, in Fostoria, Ohio. The opening act will be Toledo’s own Grupo Motivo. Doors open at 7 p.m., with live music to start an hour later. Food will be available for purchase at the concert. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Pre-concert tickets are available at El Aguila Bakery in Fremont, Palacio Maya Mexican Restaurant, 5125 Monroe St., Toledo, or by calling 419.309.5976.

Midwest Tejano Fest will take place Labor Day weekend to round out the summer fun at the Venue 18 Entertainment Complex, 11295 W. State Route 18, in Fostoria. Doors open at 2 p.m. Regional favorites will play music from 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, Sept. 1. The lineup includes Yvonne y Fuego, La Traizion, Los Aztecas, T.S.B., Dezeo, and Grupo Vicio from Detroit. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling either 419.508.8464 or 832.665.7414.



DETROIT: At least two bus trips were planned to Detroit from Toledo for the annual ¡Fiesta Tigre!, a Tigers baseball game that honors the contributions of Latino players and coaches to the game of baseball. This year’s game had particular interest because the archrival Cleveland Indians played the Tigers on Saturday evening, June 15. A bus trip was organized by Latins United of Toledo.

Additional events in Michigan and Ohio will be announced in future issues of La Prensa. Email your activities to rico@laprensa1.com



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