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Hispanic Heritage Month to Culminate in World of Montgomery Festival

Hispanic Heritage Month observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Montgomery County will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from now until Oct. 15 with musical and dance performances, bilingual storytime programs at public libraries, festivals, a health fair and more.

Latinos comprise 26 percent of the student population within Montgomery County Public Schools, Superintendent Joshua P. Starr noted in a memorandum to the county's Board of Education last week.

Here are some of the events scheduled for September and October:

  • September 18, 7-9 PM, Internationally-acclaimed Honduran Violinist Angelo Rios. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St).

  • Sept. 19, 7-9 PM, Drumming Circle Celebrating the Latin American "cajon" led by Mauricio Orduz. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD, 20910 (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St).

  • Sept. 20 - Oct. 16, "Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés" (Andrés Salguero- Bilingual Program) and Bilingual Storytimes (Bilingual Programs for preschool ages) at various libraries throughout the county. Check the Montgomery County Public Libraries website for exact hours and library branch locations. 

  • Sept. 20 - Oct. 10, AFI Latin American Film Festival. Check AFI website for featured films. 

  • Sept. 21, 12:30-2 PM, "Latino Student Success at Community Colleges: Why It Matters," Lecture by Deborah Santiago, co-founder of Excelencia in Education, Theater Arts Arena, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, MD.

  • Sept. 24-26, 9 AM-3:30 PM, "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories...One American Spirit" Latino Heritage, Museum Artifacts On Display at Montgomery College Campuses (Sept. 24 in Rockville: Theater Arts Arena, Sept. 25 in Germantown: Upper lobby of Globe Hall and HT 216, Sept. 26 in Takoma Park: ST Atrium).

  • Sept. 27, 7-10 PM, Montgomery College's World Arts Festival and The Gathering's "Salsa Dance Party" with Latin band Sin Miedo, dance lessons & food, Theater Arts Arena, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, MD.

  • Sept. 28, 6-10 PM, First Annual Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Celebration Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD.

  • Sept. 29, 9:30 AM-1 PM, "Latinas Ayudando a Latinas en Sus Negocios (Latinas Helping Latinas in Business)", Montgomery College Silver Spring/Takoma Park Campus, Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center, 7625 Fenton St., Takoma Park, MD..

  • Oct. 1, 6-7:15 PM, The City of Gaithersburg's "Hispanic Americans: Diversity United, Building America's Future Today," Reception and Proclamation, Gallery at Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD.

  • Oct. 2, 7-9: PM, Afro-Venezuelan carnival group Tambores de San Juan. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD. (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St).

  • Oct. 3, 8 PM, "Ballet Folklórico de México," Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD.

  • Oct. 6, 11 AM & 1 PM, Coral Cantigas' "Rhythm & Song: A Latin American Musical Journey ," 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. 11 AM preshow introductory Afro-Puerto Rican dance workshop.

  • Oct. 6, 1-3 PM, City of Rockville Hispanic Heritage Celebration, fun for the whole family with performances from Spain, Uruguay, Peru and more. Twinbrook Community Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD.

  • Oct. 7, Noon-5 PM, Montgomery County's Latino Health Initiative "Ama Tu Vida/Love Your Life" Health Fair, Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD. (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St).

  • Oct. 21, 12-5 PM, World of Montgomery Festival featuring four country tents including El Salvador and the Pupusa Cook-off, Wheaton Triangle in front of 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton MD.
Bill Hussein O'Stalin September 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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