Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15- Oct. 15

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKOC) Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate Latin Americans, Mesa County Libraries and other community organizations will be hosting events in the valley.

Beginning Sept. 16, Mesa County Libraries and other community organizations will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a nationwide celebration of Hispanic Americans who have enriched society and the nation. Numerous events will take place at Mesa County Libraries and throughout the community during September and October in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month events at Mesa County Libraries include:

- A kickoff event featuring music, food, and an appearance by Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Mesa County Central Library, Fifth and Grand in Grand Junction.
- A Spanish-language puppet show, “Los Tres Cabritos,” at the Central Library. Performances in Spanish are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18; and 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Performances in English are set for 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2; 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; and 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Performances are recommended for children; there is no charge to attend.
- Immigration and Citizenship presentation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Denver Field Office Director Andrew Lambrecht. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Central Library.
- National Voter Registration Day – Voter Registration Drive. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Central Library.
- “Bless Me, Ultima” film screening and discussion. Two events: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Central Library. The film, based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya, is rated PG-13. Large audiences are expected for these events, and tickets will be required for admission. Free tickets to each showing will be available one week before each event at all Mesa County Libraries locations. Limit four tickets per person.
- “Latino History in the Grand Valley” presentation by Dr. Tom Acker, and “Baile Folklorico – El Valle Lindo” with explanation of dance and costumes. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Central Library.

Hispanic Heritage Month events happening at other locations in the Grand Valley include:

- “El Vaquero, America’s First Cowboy,” presented by Two Rivers Chautauqua. Noon and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road, Grand Junction. For more information, visit https://www.museumofwesternco.com/programs-and-events/chautauqua/2013-chautauqua/ or call 970-434-9814.
- U.S. Naturalization Ceremony. 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Colorado National Monument. For more information, call 970-858-3617.
- “The Other Side of Immigration” film screening and conversation. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Laughing Dog Coffee House, 413 Monument Road, Grand Junction.
- Latin Anglo Alliance Golf Tournament. 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Adobe Creek Golf Course, 876 18 ½ Road, Fruita.
- Taste of Riverside, a fundraiser for Riverside Educational Center. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Elks Lodge, 249 S. 4th St., Grand Junction. $50 per person. For more information, call 970-433-0481.

Local events for Hispanic Heritage Month are sponsored by Mesa County Libraries, the Latin Anglo Alliance, Colorado Mesa University, the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce, Kain & Burke, the Hispanic Affairs Project, Welcoming Colorado, and Two Rivers Chautauqua.

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