Since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month has been recognized from September 15 to October 15. There are celebrations during this time to recognize and celebrate the diversity that helps to make Baltimore and these United States the melting pot of uniqueness and acceptance. It is a time to celebrate the anniversaries of independence for Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. Here is a listing of a few of the celebrations that will take place in the Baltimore area.
Hispanic Heritage Awards
100 N. Holliday St., Room 250
Baltimore, MD 21202
Date: Oct. 4, 2014
The goal of the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards is to recognize exemplary Hispanics who have made significant contributions in improving the quality of life for their communities. Nominations are accepted in early September and the nominees attend a reception sponsored by the mayor and the Baltimore City Hispanic Commission at which the winners are awarded.
Stories from the Field: Majoring and Minoring in Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Towson University, University Union, Loch Raven Room
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Date: Oct. 1, 2014
The University Union offers many services to the TU student body. This forum provides attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the culture, traditions and lifestyles of the Latin American community. For more information, contact Santiago Solis at email@example.com
Festival de la Herencia Hispana
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Date: Oct. 3, 2014
According to the website, this night will feature a great night of music, art, tradition and dance. There will be live music performed by Pablo Antonio y La Firma and traditional dance performances by Bailes de Mi Tierra, and so much more. Attendees will be able to view all of the animals at the aquarium. There will be a special bilingual dive presentation.
La Plaza Hispana
Education Based Latino Outreach
Thames St. and S. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Date: Oct. 4-5, 2014
The non-profit organization Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO), first started in 1980, offers many services to the Hispanic community. The organization will hold a festival featuring continuous live entertainment from bands and dance companies. The celebration will be held at the intersection of Thames and South Caroline Streets.
Ventanilla de Salud in Baltimore
Sacred Heart of Jesus
600 S. Conkling St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
Date: Oct. 6, 2014
This is an opportunity for the Hispanic community to focus upon health. There will be free vision exams with low-cost eyeglasses available as well as free preventive health screenings to include blood pressure and glucose readings. This event is held on the first Monday of every month.
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