The theme of this year’s event is Viva La Vida (Live Life) is free and open to the public. In addition to having an opportunity to meet Ms. Avalos, there will also be various children’s activities including finger painting and educational opportunities to learn more about the Hispanic/Latino culture.
Other highlights include free health screenings, a food presentation by El Tipico’s Dina Villa, performances by Jacob Estrada and Los Mariachis Locos and a Zumba session to the sounds of the latest Latin beats.
Mateo R. Espinoza, the 2014 chairman of the Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Main Library, said the library plays an important role in educating people about different cultures and the importance of diversity.
“The Library, in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, acknowledges the importance of Latinos in our community,” said Espinoza. “We are able to use the Library as a venue to shed light on important issues within our community. This celebration also allows others to learn about our culture and the impact that we have on society.”
Espinoza is also the supervisor of Library Facilities and Operations.
Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 through October 15, and helps celebrate Latino heritage and honor the independence of Latin American countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, both Mexico and Chile are independent. In addition to an amazing schedule of activities (see below), the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, Inc.(www.sqacc.org ), and Adelante-The Latino & Community Resource Center(www.adelantetoledo.org ), both plan to host booths stationed in the Wintergarden.
The full schedule of activities includes:
• 10:30-10:45a.m. – Welcome (Wintergarden).
• 10:45 a.m.-Noon – Ready to Read van, Miss Ohio Latina 2015, Vanessa Avalos, and health presentation for youth by ProMedica (McMaster Lobby).
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Finger printing for children, National Latino Peace Officers Association of Northwest Ohio, and The University of Toledo College of Medicine’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies students will conduct health screenings for attendees (including blood pressure, BMI assessment, Lifestyle questionnaire and more) (McMaster Lobby).
• Noon-1 p.m. - Zumba by Elaina Hernández (North Lawn – bring workout/comfortable clothes to participate).
• Noon-3 p.m. Photo booth photography by Lonnie Nitschke, of WorldWide Photography, a division of Event Photography Group (Pop Teen/Metro).
• 1:15-2 p.m. – El Tipico food presentation by Dina Villa (Huntington Room).
• 2-3 p.m. – Jacob Estrada and Los Mariachis Locos Band (Wintergarden)· 3 p.m. – Closing (Wintergarden).