Hispanic Heritage Month events feature art, education and activities for kids

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – National Hispanic Heritage Month will feature a variety of celebrations and events in coordination with the city of Las Vegas from September 10 to October 22:

The Fruits of Our Labor exhibition by Justin Favela

  • Open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, until November 4, 2021.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Mayor’s Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
  • Award-winning international artist Justin Favela brings his signature paper piñata technique to the Mayor’s Gallery at Historic Fifth Street School to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month and the Las Vegas Book Festival. Inspired by the fruits of 19th century Mexican still life and paying homage to the “comic book fruits” and the vignette of Sandra Cisneros “The Monkey Garden” from her award-winning book “The House on Mango Street”, Justin Favela created the piñata – stylistic representations of fruit objects in two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Kick-Off (All Ages)

  • Friday September 10, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
  • Bring the family to enjoy a variety of Hispanic crafts and activities to learn about Hispanic Heritage Month, as well as a family movie in the backyard – “Dora the Explorer”. Call 702-229-1515 for more information.

A road trip through Latin America (9-12 years old)

  • Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m., Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19
  • Free and open to 9-12 years old.
  • East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
  • Participants will experience the rich world of Latino culture, from delicious food to the creation of a silver mask. These fun activities will help them better understand the diversity of Latin culture. After this course, participants will have a better understanding of Latin America, its similarities and differences, and the importance of diversity and respect. For more information, contact Prai Mavady at 702-229-6452 or by email at [email protected]

Exhibición de Versiones de una Ofrenda Familiar / Exhibition of versions of an Ofrenda family

  • Organized by Natalie Delgado
  • Sep 16 – Nov 4, 2021; hours Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery, 800 S. Brush St.
  • During the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, many families honor the death of family members by setting up an ofrenda, which is an altar to pay homage and remember those who have passed away. This exhibit will be curated by local artist and educator Natalie Delgado, and will feature artists from the city and region of Hispanic descent. For more information visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Hispanic Heritage Month Festival

  • Saturday September 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Gary Reese Freedom Park, 850 N. Mojave Road.
  • Enjoy the live performances of Ballet Folklorico Mexico Vivo, Escaramuza Charra Colibríes, La Sonora Dinamita, Mariachi Nuestras Raíces, Banda Desierto, Banda Zacatecana by Tony Flores, the presentation of all Latin American flags, free health services, DJ music and activities for children. Food trucks will offer refreshments for sale. Health services will include COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, diabetes screening, PAP and HPV screening, HPV human papillomavirus testing and vaccination, primary care, Medicaid application support and l health education. Welcome ceremony at noon. Sponsored by City Councilor Olivia Diaz, Hispanics in Politics, Southern Nevada Health District, NV Energy REACH, Ventanilla de Salud, Community Health Center and Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. For more information, call 702-596-9912.

Celebration of National Citizenship Day

  • Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
  • Las Vegas City Council, Ward 3 Councilor Olivia Diaz and Mi Familia Vota invite you to a citizenship clinic, including COVID-19 vaccinations, Deferred Action Refills for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and citizenship workshops. RSVP to bit.ly/nvcitizenshipday. For more information, call Joseline Cuevas at 702-912-9031 or email [email protected]

Hispanic Heritage Month and NEA Big Read Launch with City Councilor Olivia Diaz and “The Art People Podcast” LIVE

  • Friday, September 24, 4 to 7 p.m. Kick-off at Centennial Plaza; The podcast starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • NEA Big Read Kickoff is free and open to the public; The Art People podcast is pay what you want.
  • Fifth Street Historic School, 401 S. Fourth St.
  • Join City Councilor Diaz to launch the National Education Association (NEA) Big Read Program in Las Vegas! Celebrate Sandra Cisneros ‘novel “The House on Mango Street” with a mini-festival of music, dance, kids’ activities and a great reading book in Centennial Plaza at Historic Fifth Street School.
  • As part of NEA Big Read and Hispanic Heritage Month, artist Justin Favela will record an episode of “The Art People Podcast” in front of a live audience in the historic Fifth Street School auditorium. The episode will feature Latinx writers, artists and poets discussing the themes of the novel “The House on Mango Street” and its display in the Mayor’s Gallery at the historic Fifth Street School. For more information and to book podcast tickets, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

XXI Binational Health Week and Family Celebration

  • Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. health fair; Family celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 702-229-1515.
  • REACH, Ventanilla de Salud and the City of Las Vegas invite you to celebrate Hispanic heritage while taking care of your health. Bring the family for free medicals, family entertainment, music, and games. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Neighborhood 3 Hispanic Heritage Film in the Park

  • Friday October 22, 7 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Gary Reese Freedom Park, 850 N. Mojave Road.
  • Enjoy the 2021 live-action PG-13 musical film, “In the Heights,” under the stars. Bring a blanket and a low-back chair to be more comfortable on the lawn. Food trucks will offer refreshments for sale.

All activities are subject to change. For more information, call 702-229-6242. Parents can sign up here to receive a monthly email, or text LV PARENTS at 468-311, about upcoming events and activities for their children.

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