Hispanic Heritage Celebration events announced

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The opening ceremony of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be in the rotunda of the Mahoning County Courthouse and will feature the annual flag ceremony.

The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Celebration, coordinated through the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Youngstown State University, features a variety of exhibitions, performances, parades and other events.

The celebration, titled Estrellas Latinas Brillando Bajo Un Mismo Cielo (Latino Stars Shining Under One Sky), kicks off with an opening ceremony in the Mahoning County Courthouse and concludes with the 41st annual gala of the Organización Cívica y Cultural Hispana Americana Inc.

For more information, call YSU’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at 330-941-3370. This year’s events, coordinated by the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee, include:

Thursday, Sept. 12, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony at the Mahoning County Courthouse Rotunda. The event features the annual flag ceremony, representing 22 Hispanic countries, and musical performances. Sylvia J. Imler, interim director of YSU’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will make opening remarks. Frank Nolasco will provide the keynote address. Susan Nieves, executive director of OCCHA, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 6 to 11 p.m. OCCHA Hispanic Heritage Dinner and Dance at OCCHA Social Hall, 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown. The event features dance music representing various Hispanic countries. Dinner includes Hispanic foods, cake, coffee and tea. Beer, bottled water and sodas will be available for purchase. There will be a basket auction and a 50/50 raffle.  Dinner is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-17). For tickets and further information, contact OCCHA at 330-781-1808.

Sunday, Sept. 15 through Monday, Oct. 15. Notable Latinos at YSU Maag Library. The display of items from Maag’s collection features the important contributions of renowned Latino authors, poets, musicians, painters, etc. The exhibit is on the main floor of library on the YSU campus.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5 to 7 p.m. Let’s Salsa in YSU’s Kilcawley Center, Ohio Room. Learn salsa step-by-step at a one-time beginner class with instructor Bob McPhail.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 to 7 p.m. “Another Day, Another Dream” at the Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 W. Wood Street, Youngstown. The opening of an exhibit features work by renowned photographer Jose Galvez. The event is sponsored by the YSU Center for Applied History, YSU Department of History, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor.  Refreshments provided by the YSU Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee through the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.  The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 31.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 9 to 11 a.m. ECHHO College Fair at OCCHA, 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown. The 2013 Annual Educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward Inc. College Fair is geared toward Hispanic/Latino high school students and their parents but open to others. Co-sponsored by YSU’s Office of Admissions, OCCHA, and ECHHO.  For information, contact Maggie McClendon, ECHHO vice president, at 330-941-3243 or 330-519-3314.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market Street at the Main Branch Public Library, 305 Wick Avenue, Youngstown. The Market Street Muppets, a non-profit, faith-based group of urban youth ages 12 to 18, perform at 11:30 a.m. The group promotes messages of nonviolence, faith and character building. For more information, call 330-941-3370 or 330-740-6086.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families With Disabilities and Special Needs at OCCHA, 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown.  The event is designed to provide information and resources to families of children and adults with special needs and/or disabilities. For more information, contact Ana Bobby at 330-941-1717 or ambobby@ysu.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 5, noon to 3 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room, YSU. The main event of the celebration features animals from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, musical entertainment, children’s activities and student recognitions, as well as vendors, cultural displays, an informational fair and Hispanic foods for purchase. For more information, call 330-941-3370.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m. 3rd Annual Non-Violence Parade and Rally begins at YSU’s Williamson College of Business and ends with a rally downtown at 20 Federal Plaza.  For more information, call 330-788-0545 or 330-941-3370.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar at OCCHA, 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown. Dr. Zoraida Mendez, oncologist, and Dr. Consuelo Mendez, internal medicine, provide information on awareness and early detection. Dinner is included but pre-registration is required by calling 330-781-1808.

Friday, Oct. 11. International Coffee Hour 2 to 3:45 p.m., and “Journey of New Americans” at 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown. Mingle with YSU students and the community, and enjoy the delicacies of Latino desserts and coffee. Following the Coffee Hour, YSU Professor Rosemary D’Apolito discusses the Journey of New Americans, especially the changing patterns in the foreign-born population in the Mahoning Valley.  On display will be photos of women who migrated to the Valley, who are part of the traveling exhibit “Women of the World: A Photographic Journey of New Americans in the Mahoning Valley.” For more information, call 330-941-3370.

Friday, Nov. 1, 5:30 to 11 p.m. OCCHA’s 41st Annual Gala at the Georgetown Banquet Hall, 5945 South Avenue, Boardman, Ohio. OCCHA, a social service agency serving the Hispanic and Multi-Cultural community, is celebrating 41 years of service with a fundraiser dinner at the Georgetown Banquet Center. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Steve Frazzini and a Hispanic DJ.  There will be an auction and a 50/50 raffle. Adults only. Tickets are $50 per person. For tickets and further information, contact OCCHA at 330-781-1808.


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