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Celebrate Hispanic heritage in Astoria

Free Sept. 15 event at St. Mary’s has music, food, entertainment

Published on September 10, 2018 9:54AM

In 2017, children perform a traditional dance at a Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Astoria hosted by the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and La Voz de la Comunidad.

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In 2017, children perform a traditional dance at a Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Astoria hosted by the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and La Voz de la Comunidad.

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ASTORIA — The Lower Columbia Hispanic Council and its advisory committee, La Voz de la Comunidad, invite you to attend our Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

The event will take place 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 1465 Grand Ave. This is an all-ages indoor/outdoor event with music, food, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Admission is free.

Grand Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets, will be closed to traffic, and tents will be set up for outdoor seating and booths.

Thanks to food donations from Monte Alban, Cabaña de Raya, El Tapatio and Plaza Jalisco, the Hispanic Council will sell an assortment of Mexican foods that include enchiladas, tinga, aguas frescas and more!

The Hispanic Council will also sell raffle tickets during the event for prizes, including gift cards and goodie bags from more than 30 local businesses, as well as tickets to the Pacific Brew Cup Festival and Fort George Brewery beer and gear.

Alma Sureña will roam the event with their joyful music, a group of local schoolchildren and adults will perform a traditional folk dance, and the Astoria Movement Center will give an interactive Zumba performance.

There will also be a salsa recipe contest — participants and businesses will bring their salsa, and a panel of judges will pick one the best recipes in Astoria.

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month for 2018. Though in the past we have focused on Mexico’s Independence Day — Sept. 16 — this year will be the second time we strive to emphasize all Hispanic countries and communities.

The event is possible because of sponsorships from Northwest Health Foundation, US Bank, Martin North, Craft 3, Bank of the Pacific, Knutsen Insurance and the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce.



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