September 8, 2000

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15

Old Town State Historic Park

Fall Fiesta 2000

The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Boosters of Old Town will host their second annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 16, 2000 from 12 pm-4 pm. In the evening the Boosters of Old Town will be hosting a Fandango (traditional Mexican Dance) following the daytime activities, from 6 pm-1 am.

The Fall Fiesta will be an opportunity for visitors to experience a community event as it might have been done in the 1800s and to explore their Mexican roots. Volunteers will demonstrate historic skills to give this generation a glimpse of life in the Pueblo of San Diego during its Mexican Period in the early 1800s.

This, the second annual celebration will open with the Grito calling all to the fiesta. Throughout the day entertainment will be provided on a stage in the plaza including Los Cancioneros and the vaqueros from the Ramona Pageant, Abel Silvas with California Indian storytelling, and the Grupo Fiesta Mexicana performing Californio (traditional) dances accompanied by music from the New World Baroque Orchestra. Las Escaramuzas (side-saddle equestrians) will perform in the Seeley Stable yard. Games and contest typical of the Mexican Period.

Small fees will be charged for the games but the parking, park entrance, and entertainment are all free. Families are welcome to bring a picnic. The donation for the Fandango is $20 and will benefit the Boosters of Old Town.


Senior Citizens Mexican Day Dance

The Senior Citizen Services, City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department will hold a Senior Citizens Mexican dress-up dance on Thursday, September 14, 2000, from 1 p.m. To 3:30 pm. It will be held at the Balboa Park Club in Balboa Park, near the House of Pacific Relations.

The "Encores", a popular band, will provide live music. Refreshments will be served. Dance contest with prizes will be the special feature. A donation of $2 will be collected at the door.

Daniela Lujan, a popular Latina singer, soap opera star and Grammy nominee, takes the plunge and meets, Misty, a bottlenose dolphin at SeaWorld San Diego.

The thirteen-year-old Lujan will be a part of SeaWorld's annual "Fiestas Patrias" celebration Sept 16 and 17th. SeaWorld will have a Hispanic flavor this weekend with singing, dancing and decorations celebrating the region's rich Latino heritage.

Hispanic Heritage Month at San Diego County Libraries

Rancho Santa Fe Library

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, will present the following special programs in the Martha Glasgow Children's Wing of the library:

Tuesday, Sept., 12, 3:30-4:30 pm - Macedonio Arteaga, Spanish Bilingual Storyteller, presents a program with lots of audience interaction.

Wednesday, Sept., 20, 3:30-4:30 pm - Pete Atilano Quartet. Latin American jazz for all ages.

Wednesday, Sept., 27, 2:30-4:30 pm - Craft Afternoon. Create beautiful piñatas with Suzanne. Class limited to 20 - sign up at Children's Desk.


San Marcos Library

The San Marcos Library, #2 Civic Center Drive, will present to following programs:

Thursday, Sept., 14, 10:30 am - Hispanic Heritage Storytime in Spanish.

Friday, Sept., 15, 10:30 am - Hispanic Heritage Storytime in English

Saturday, Sept., 16, 1-3 pm - "A Taste of Mexico" Fiesta. Folklorico Dances, food, music and fun, combined with the grand opening of the San Marcos Branch Library's Spanish Parenting Collection.

Tuesday, Sept., 19 3-4:30 pm - "Make it and Take it" - Mexican craft table.


Imperial Beach Library

The Imperial Beach Library, 810 Imperial Avenue, will present five special programs:

Saturday, Sept., 9, 1 pm - Craft Program: "God's Eyes."

Wednesday, Sept., 13, 10:30 am - "Story Box" Stories.

Saturday, Sept., 23, 1 pm - Craft Program: "Mola"-inspired Book Marks

Wednesday, Sept., 27, 10:30 am - Storytime with "Flavor of Mexico."


Descanso Library

The Descanso Library and the Friends of Descanso Library are sponsoring a series of September storytime and craft programs for children in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The library is located at 9545 River Drive, Descanso:

Friday, Sept., 8, 3:30 pm - Craft - Make Fireflies

Wednesday, Sept., 13, 11 am - "Say `Hola' to Spanish at the Circus"

Friday, Sept., 15, 3:30 pm - Piñata Surprise

Wednesday, Sept., 20, 11 am - "Too Many Tamales."

Friday, Sept., 22, 3:0 pm - Tamale party

Wednesday, Sept., 27, 11 am - "Radioman"

Friday, Sept., 29, 3:30 pm - Let's Create with Paper.


El Cajon Library

The El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas, will present five special programs:

Monday, Sept., 11, 3:30 pm - Spanish Storytime/Cuentos en Español, with Señorita Socorro.

Wednesday, Sept., 13, 10:30 am - Pre-school Storytime. Stories, craft and piñata. Conducted in English.

Wednesday, Sept., 13, 3:30 pm - Spanish Storytime/Cuentos en Español with Señorita Socorro.

Thursday, Sept., 28, 4 pm - Ballet Folklorico Xochiquetzalli Children's Mexican dance group. Followed by "A Taste of Mexico" - tastes of dishes from various Mexican states.


¡Viva La Fiesta! in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA -- Much has changed over the last 230 years in San Luis Obispo, but evidence of the small city's rich history remains to this day. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Spanish street names and architecture, a huge Farmer's Market and the ever-popular La Fiesta de San Luis Obispo.

The Mission is still the heart of the city today and serves as the backdrop for La Fiesta, an event that celebrates the heritage of San Luis Obispo. This year's event takes place on September 16 and 17, and features ethnic music, arts and crafts.

Entertainment includes performances by SalsaOn, Righetti High's Ballet Folklorico and Marimba Band, Civic Ballet Dance from Cuba, Aztec Indian Dancers and Mary Donnelly's World Dance Company. Performances take place on the steps of the Mission and in the amphitheater in Mission Plaza next to San Luis Obispo Creek.

For more information on La Fiesta de San Luis Obispo call the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (805) 781-2777 or visit


3rd Annual Mariachi and Salsa Festival

The Latino City Employees Association and the Latino Police Officers Association are sponsoring a Mariachi and Salsa Festival to be held September 15, 2000 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the San Diego Police Range, 4008 Federal Blvd. Mariachi Los Caporrales will be joining us, along with Baile Folklorico de Puerto Rico "Orgullo Boricua" and Salsa DJ "Julio." For tickets and information, please contact Norma Valverde 531-2387 or Carlos Ronquillo 424-0400.


El Festival Del Grito

A day long free family festival of music celebrating "Fiestas Patrias" Mexican Independence Day, will be held on Sunday, September 17 from 11 am to 6 pm., at the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista.

The festival will provide the traditional sounds, sights and flavors of Mexico with strolling mariachis, ballet folklorico, Mexican food and festive decorations.

Numerous artists from both contemporary, romatic and regional Mexican format will be performing that day.

The highlight of the event will be the Grito Ceremony by San Diego's Mexican Consul General Gabriela Torres.

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