The idea for National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated from September 15 to October 15, began to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans, including those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Hispanic and Latino Americans are an integral and treasured part of our Newberg community, and their achievements and contributions are to be celebrated by sharing their culture, wisdom, and creativity into our lives.
During this month, there are many opportunities to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Locally, the Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting a variety of events. A complete list of activities is here.
Events kick off with the Celebración de la Hispanidad 2020. The Institute of Oregonian Culture and the Consulate of Mexico in Portland stage the annual event. Usually, at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, the free event will happen virtually this year. Log into Zoom on September 19, beginning at 6 PM. Click here to register.
October 9 at 6 PM, at the Chehalem Cultural Center Outdoor Forecourt, join in for the Grupo Folclórico Fandango/Jaranas. This free family event encourages people to participate in the traditions of traditional Mexican dance and music. Learn more on the CCC event page.
October 14 at 7 PM, in the Chehalem Cultural Center Grand Ballroom, enjoy the Maestros de Guitarra en Concierto: Gerardo Calderon y Toshi Onizuka. This special music event has a 40-person limit due to social distancing requirements, so don’t wait to get your tickets. Buy your $25 tickets by clicking here.
On November 7, don’t miss the Dia de Los Muertos celebration in the Chehalem Cultural Center Forecourt. Danza Azteca is presenting, Huehca Omeyocan. This annual spectacle is fun for the family. Learn more here.
Learn about Willamette Valley’s Hispanic winery owners and winemakers, who will speak of the individual paths that led them to the Oregon wine industry. Attend this virtual panel discussion on Thursday, October 1 (4 PM in English, 6 PM in Spanish). You can choose which event you’d like when you register. Discounts are being offered for the panelist’s wines, with the proceeds of those sales going to the Latino Partnership Program. For details and a link to the registration form, visit the Celebrating Hispanic Roots website.
Written by: Taste Newberg