September 15, 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.


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" Fiestas Patrias 2000

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 7 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, including Arkangel R-15, La original Banda Limon, Los Angeles De Charly, LosYonic's de Jose Manuel Zamacona, El Grupo Innovacion and many others.

The highlight of the event will be the Grito Ceremony by San Diego's Mexican Consul General Gabriela Torres, accompanied by Tijuana's official "Banda De Guerra.


Coalición Pro-Derechos De La Raza

El día viernes 15 de septiembre, la Coalición Pro-Derechos de la Raza celebrará el Grito de Independencia de México en el Parque Chicano en Barrio Logan, San Diego.

El evento se llevará acabo de las 6:30 a las 8 pm y contara con comida, musica, Ballet Folklorico y ponencias sobre el significativo de la lucha por la independencia de México y su importancia y relevancia para nuestro pueblo hoy en dia. Invitamos a la comunidad en general a esta celebración de nuestra cultura y nuestra lucha. El evento será completamente gratis.


Mexican Consul to Join Fiestas Patrias Celebration At Castle Park High

Six Castle Park High School students invited by Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo to travel to Mexico earlier this year will present their host country's flag to the school during a special Fiestas Patrias school assembly. The flag was a gift from president Zedillo to the students.

The group traveled to learn about Mexico's national holiday of Cinco de Mayo. Now they will present the flag during another important holiday _Mexican Independence Day. Attending the assembly will be Consul General Gabriela Torres Ramirez.

Ballet Folklorico teacher Carlos Santoyo-who has been teaching for 2 years-will also receive an award commemorating his silver anniversary.

The Fiestas Patrias will take place Friday, Sept. 15, 9:57-10:27 am, at Castle Park High School, 1395 Hilltop Drive, Chula Vista.


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Will Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on a Traditional Note

In honor of Mexican Independence Day - Fiestas Patrias - the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the day with traditional mariachi music. The fiesta will feature performances by local mariachi groups and San Diegan Candace Sames, an eleven-year-old rising singin star.

Manny Aguilar, president of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will share information about the Chamber's scholarship fundraising program and its important benefits to the community.

This event will take place Friday, Sept. 15 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Wyndham Emerald Plaza Hotel, 400 West Broadway, San Diego in the Crystal#1 Ballroom.


Las Fiestas Patrias Celebration at South Chula Vista Library

Daniel Valdez and Heidy Flores, canciones professionals, will sing ranchera style songs and ballads in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 16, at 2 pm. This free family entertainment will be presented in the Rosemary Lane Galeria of the Chula Vista Public Library, South Branch, 389 Orange Ave.


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:

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:

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., 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., 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:

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


The Largest Three-Day Mexican Independence Celebration to be Held at Plaza Olvera

Los Angeles - Fiestas 16 will capture the spirit and colorful traditions of the Latino cultural heritage at the largest three-day Mexican Independence celebration, set to begin on Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the world famous Plaza Olvera in downtown Los Angeles.

Fiestas 16 will feature some of the hottest musical acts of today on three different stages; cultural exhibitions and food booths with a variety of Mexican delicacies, arts and crafts, folkloric dancers, mechanical rides and piñata breakings at the children's area, all set to entertain young and old - free to the public.

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