September 24, 2004

SDSU Library Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of National Hispanic Month, the San Diego State University Library is showcasing the talents, creativity and achievement of SDSU Latino faculty across a wide range of disciplines. The exhibit will be held in the Donor Hall from September 15 to October 15 and is free and open to the public.

National Hispanic Heritage Month evolved from a congressional declaration of Hispanics Heritage Week in 1968 and was originally celebrated during the week of September 15 to cover the dates of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. In 1988, Congress officially extended the observance of Hispanic Heritage to 31 days. Now the celebration includes the independence of Chile and Dia de la Raza —a holiday that recognizes the first immigration of Hispanics from Europe, Africa and Asia to the Americas— on October 12. During this period, it is customary to reflect on and celebrate the invaluable contributions people of Hispanic heritage have made and continue to music to the nation and to culture.

Fore more information, please contact Cecilia Puerto at (619) 594-4629.

Viva Laughlin! City-Wide Hispanic Celebration to Host a Groundbreaking Program of Events

LAUGHLIN, NV — The Laughlin Tourism Committee announced today a program of events that will take place during Viva Laughlin! to include groundbreaking Latin arts, headlining entertainment and sports promotion in celebration of Latino Heritage Month. The city-wide event, produced by Pochteca Event Works, is scheduled for October 8-11.

During the four-day celebration, each of Laughlin’s nine casino-resorts will host a variety of events from headlining entertainers –both musical and comical- to live televised boxing and beautiful Latin models.

Headlining entertainment will include Alex Reymun-do and Joey Medina from the Original Latin Kings of Comedy, plus special guest Marilyn Martinez both Saturday and Sunday nights at the Ramada Express Hotel Casino; Freddie Fender at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort; and the Olga Breeskin Variety Show at Harrah’s Laughlin Casino and Hotel. Live televised boxing - Solo Boxeo - may be viewed Friday night at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino.

A variety of musical entertainment will also be available each night of the celebration. The Edgewater Hotel and Casino and the Flamingo Laughlin will feature the musical vocals of Jennifer Pena on Saturday night and Christian Castro on Sunday night at the Flamingo Outdoor Amphitheater. In addition, Son Mayor may be seen at the Ramada Express Hotel Casino.

Hawaiian Tropic Latin Models will be featured Friday through Sunday at the Colorado Belle Hotel Casino in addition to today’s hottest Latin comedians, hot Latin bands, beer specials, tequila girls, food and drawings.

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