The 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration gets underway 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the rotunda of the Mahoning County Courthouse in downtown Youngstown.
The event features a flag ceremony, representing 22 Hispanic countries, and musical performances. Opening remarks will be by Atty. Yulanda McCarty-Harris, director of the Youngstown State University Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone, as well as YSU alumna Sarah Lowry, representing U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office, will also make remarks. The keynote speaker is Dr. Consuelo Mendez of Canfield, a member of the boards of Organizacion Cívica y Cultural Hispano Americana and Humility of Mary Health Partners. Porfirio Esparra, co-chair of the YSU Diversity Council and senior director of human resources for Humility of Mary Health Partners, will serve as emcee. The event is co-sponsored by AVI Food Systems. Co-chairs for the celebration committee are Grimilda Ocasio and Gloria De Los Santos.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Sin Fronteras: Uniendo Nuestra Culturas (Without Boundaries: Connecting Our Cultures).” The celebration is coordinated by the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Planning Committee through the YSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity with support from campus organizations and local sponsors.
“We are excited about this year’s programming,” said McCarty-Harris. “It is important that we continue to promote the history and important contributions of our Latino community.” One of the cornerstones of YSU’s strategic plan is community engagement, and all members of our community play a vital part in our students’ success.”
- Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. Photographic presentation by José Galvez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has spent more than 40 years traveling across the country creating a historical record of the Latino experience in America. “José Galvez: Among My Travels – a Photographic Journey” will be at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 West Wood St., Youngstown, and will be followed by a reception, sponsored by AVI Food Systems.
- Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County along with Western Reserve Public Television and Sesame Street Productions present “Walkaround Rosita” at the library’s main branch, 305 Wick Avenue, Youngstown. Rosita is Sesame Street’s Hispanic muppet monster fluent in both English and Spanish. There will be a meet and greet, kids activities and a bilingual story time. Sponsored by Farmer’s National Bank and Farmer’s Trust Company. For more information, contact Deborah Liptak, development director, Public Library, at 330-740-6086, or the YSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 330-941-3370.
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., Boardman High School cafeteria, and Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 to 11 a.m., at OCCHA, 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown, “ECHHO College Fair.” The 2012 Annual Educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward, Inc. College Fair, a college access program geared to Hispanic/Latino high school students and their parents. Co-sponsored by YSU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, OCCHA, and ECHHO. For information, contact Maggie McClendon, ECHHO vice president, at 330- 941-3243 or 330-519-3314.
- Thursday, Sept. 27, noon to 1 p.m., YSU Ward Beecher Planetarium. Lecturer Sharon Shanks presents a special showing of “Sky Watchers of Ancient Mexico.” . The program describes the different ways in which the ancient cultures of the Aztec, Maya, Toltec, and Olmec incorporated the sky into their religion, stories and daily rituals. For more information, contact Shanks at 330-941-3619.
- Saturday, Oct. 6, noon. A Hispanic heritage celebration will be held in the Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. The event will feature animals from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, entertainment, children’s activities, artistic displays, student awards and scholarship presentations by Latinas United Networking Association, as well as vendors, information tables and ethnic food. Dancers will perform from Fred Astaire Studio, Chile Tradición, New Castle Christian Academy, Sabor Latino Performers and Guerreras de Adoración. Music will be provided by Adrian Labra and his band, as well as Andres Morales-Torres. Jennifer Betts will demonstrate ZUMBA dancing. At 3 p.m., DJ Kenny Reyes will provide an hour of music for dancing. Rocio Rosales and José Martinez will emcee. Parking is free in the Wick Avenue parking deck. Advise parking attendant that you are attending the Hispanic Heritage Celebration to receive a parking pass.
- Sunday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. Non-Violence Parade & Rally. The parade begins at the YSU’s Williamson Hall and ends with a rally in downtown Youngstown. For more information, call 330-941-3370.
- Friday, Oct. 12, 2 to 3:45 p.m., YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown. International Coffee Hour/Human Trafficking Discussion featuring Atty. Koula Glaros-King with Community Legal Aid. Sponsored by the YSU Hispanic Heritage Celebration Planning Committee.
- Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. (English) and 11 a.m. (Spanish), OCCHA, 3660 Shirley Road, Youngstown, Health at Home Presentation – Zumba Power Hour at 1 p.m. Carolina Castelli-Figley, community health educator and coordinator of the Hispanic, Latino, and Immigrant Health program at HMHP, will present the book, “Health at Home.” The book is free and has a step-by-step approach for over 200 health problems. To register call 330-716-1449. The Zumba session will be led by Valerie Gordon.
- Friday, Nov.2, 5:30 to 11 p.m., Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center, 7440 South Avenue, Boardman, OCCHA’s 40th Annual Celebration and Fundraiser. OCCHA, a social service agency serving the Hispanic and Multi-Cultural community, is celebrating 40 years of service with a fundraiser dinner. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Ticket cost is $50 per person. For more information, contact OCCHA at 330-781-1808.
- YSU Maag Library, “Notable Latinos,” YSU’s Maag Library displays items from its collection featuring the important contributions of renowned Latino authors, poets, musicians, painters, etc. The exhibit is on the main floor of the library.