September 16, 2005

Hispanic Heritage Events:

Logan Heights Branch Library to Host Mexican Independence Day Fiesta

The City of San Diego Public Library will host a Mexican Independence Day celebration on Friday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Logan Heights Branch Library, located at 811 S. 28th St. This event is FREE to the public.

This free, outdoor fiesta will feature traditional Mexican songs performed by La Rondalla, and ballet folklorico dances by El Ballet Folklorico Tapatio.

La Rondalla has been singing traditional Mexican songs accompanied by guitar for the past three decades. The group is known for its harmonies and has been lauded for its ability “to beautifully blend their voices and instruments to perform traditional music and songs from Mexico and Latin America.” The members of La Rondalla practice at the Paradise Senior Center, which is located in Logan Heights.

El Ballet Folklorico Tapatio is a local youth dance group. Under the direction of Patty Cueva, children and young adults learn the traditional folk dances of Mexico’s regions.

Mexican Independence Day is commemorated on Sept. 16 to honor the day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell in his church to call upon the Mexican citizens to rise up and demand their independence from Spain. Today, Mexican Independence Day celebrations traditionally being at midnight on Sept. 15 and continue through the next day.

The San Diego County Latino Association celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

The month of September 15 through October 15 of each year has been declared by the Federal Government, Hispanic Heritage Month. This year in San Diego County, the San Diego County Latino Association (SDCLA) will celebrate its Hispanic Heritage on September 16 at the County Administrative Center, West Plaza under the national theme:

“AMERICA’S FUTER LEADERSHIP”

The annual Hispanic Heritage celebration in San Diego County is becoming a tradition for San Diego County employees said Julio Angel Gomez, President of the San Diego County Latino Association (SDCLA). “This is the 16th consecutive year that the SDCLA has held this celebration” Julio Angel said, and hopes that every year more county employees will join the festivities.

The celebration this year will include music and dance by community groups, presentation of a letter from the Governors office, presentation of Proclamations by the Lieutenant Governors Office and the County Board of Supervisors; special presentations by County Supervisor Bill Horn, District 5 as special Keynote speaker and special presentation by Public Defender Attorney Ana España.

Traditional Food donated by local restaurants and information booths and displays by non-profit Community organizations and county Departments will be located throughout the west lawn of the administration building where county employees and the public can enjoy the food and learn about county services that are available through each organization.

The celebration will begin at 11:30 AM with music and folklore dancers and will end at 1:30 PM.

LEGOLAND California Celebrates Mexican Heritage with Diez y Seis Days

September 16-18, 2005

Guests can enjoy mariachi, ballet folklorico, delicious Mexican treats

WHO: LEGOLAND California hosts a celebration in honor of Mexico’s independence from Spain with Diez y Seis Days.

WHAT: Diez y Seis Days! The weekend long celebration will feature:

* An all-day building event! Guests can help build a Mexican themed LEGO® mosaic.

* Performances by Mariachi Real De San Diego and Ballet Folklorico Tapatio.

* Delicious Mexican treats including: horchata, churros and buñuelos.

WHERE: LEGOLAND California, located in Carlsbad - 30 miles north of San Diego.

WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2005 – Sunday, September 18, 2005 (Park hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month this month, join the San Diego Museum of Man for a special day featuring the Cuando Hablan Los Santos exhibit, and the distinguished New Mexican artists who made it possible. (The exhibit, which features Santos (images of saints) woodcarvings and paintings, will close on September 26.) On Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. youngsters and  parents can participate in special workshops and have fun making their own retablo, a painted image on wood of a saint or angel, with artist Krissa Lopez. 

Lopez, who will present the workshops at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., will teach participants about the history of the retablo, and help them select an image to paint on pinewood with acrylic paints. Other members of the Lopez family (father Felix Lopez and son Joseph Lopez) will also demonstrate woodcarving techniques and discuss their art throughout the day. Ongoing tours of the exhibit will be led by Museum Director Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador.

The fee for the 1 1/2 hour workshops is $15 per child or adult for general participants, and $10 per child or adult for members. Supplies are included. Children must be at least 8 years of age, and all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited to 20, and reservations are required. Tours and demonstrations are free with regular admission to the Museum and will be ongoing all day. Please phone 619-239-2001 for Retablo Workshop reservations. All supplies included in the workshop admission cost.  


Padres de San Diego Celebra en Grande el Aniversario de la Independencia de México

Habrá reconocimiento al beisbol invernal mexicano previo al juego

El club Padres de San Die-go celebrará en grande este próximo fín de semana el día de la Independencía de México prevío al juego del 16 de septiembre contra los Nacionales de Washington.

Mariachí y ballets folklorícos servirán de marco para la serie entre los dos equipos en la conmemoración de la gesta heroica de 1810. La tradición de colocar la bandera mexicana en lo alto del estadio regresa a San Diego y el lábaro patrío lo tendremos de regreso este Viernes 16.

El glorioso himno nacional mexicano se esuchará antes del inicio del partido, cantado por Eduardo Ortega, la voz oficial de los Padres en español.

Como parte de los eventos, el club de beisbol Venados de Mazatlán y la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico serán objeto de un importante reconocimiento de parte del club ligamayorista por su doble campeonato obtenido dentro del pasado cíclo invernal.

El conjunto Rojo logró coronarse por sexta ocasión dentro de su participación en este circuíto mexicano realizando la hazaña de ser el primer equipo comodín en lograr un título en ésta liga. Posteriormente y con la ayuda de refuerzos de otros equipos como Vinicio Castilla y Luís Ayala (Washington) además de Erubiel Durazo (Oakland) consiguió ganar la Serie del Cáribe, primera para el conjunto mazatleco y quinta para la pelota mexicana en total. Esta conquista fue especial pues el clásico caribeño tuvo como sede justamente la ciudad de Mazatlán, siendo ésta la primera vez que México lograba el gallardete en su propio territorío.

Entre los invitados para ésta fecha especial para el beisbol latino en ligas mayores estarán el presidente de la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico, Ingeníero Renato Vega Alvarado junto al ex presidente del club Venados, Licenciado Ismael Barros Cebreros.

Las promociones en apoyo a nuestros aficionados no podían faltar este fín de semana, el Viernes 16 tendremos de regalo para todos los aficionados que asistan al parque una camiseta conmemorativa a la serie inaugural entre Padres y Nacionales.

El Domingo es día dedicado a los niños, todos los pequeños de 14 años y me-nores que vayan a PETCO Park van a recibir de regalo una funda para almohada.

Cabe hacer mención que será el Domingo 18 cuando seis niños de la región, ganadores del sorteo del “Reportero por un día “ tendrán la oportunidad de entrevistar a Ramón Hernández.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Once again, it is time for us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to honor and recognize the many contributions of Hispanics. The word Hispanic describes people whose families come from Spanish-speaking countries.

In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Listed are the monuments and memorials in our Nation’s Capital under the preservation and protection of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Region which relate to Hispanic Heritage. During this month, we have the opportunity to honor and recognize the many contributions of Hispanics. Visit some of the monuments and memorials listed below:

Aritagas, José, 18th and Constitution Ave., NW, “The father of Uruguayan Independence”

Bolivar, Simon, 18th Street at C street and Virginia NW, “Hero and liberator of South America”

Farragut, Admiral David G., Farragut Square, 17th & K Sts. NW, first generation Hispanic American who was the first admiral in the U.S. Navy. Captured New Orleans from the Confederates, and controlled the Mississippi River.

Gálvez, Bernardo de, Virginia Ave. and C Streets. NW, Military Governor of Louisiana by royal decree on July 10, 1776. A gift from the King of Spain in recognition of the Nation’s Bicentennial.

Juarez, Benito Pablo, Virginia Ave. and New Hampshire Ave., NW, “The Mexican George Washington”

San Martin, General Jose de, Virginia Ave. and 20th Street, NW, Founder of Argentine independence

United Spanish War Veterans Memorial, Memorial Avenue, west of Arlington Memorial Bridge.

“The Hiker” represents the Veterans of the Spanish-American War 1898-1902.

 Hispanics have played a vital role in the events that led to the designation of these national treasures as sites in the National Park System. Visit our web site at www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/hispanic and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the National Register of Historic Places.

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