National Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15, and local communities have planned many special events to celebrate Latin pride throughout Nassau County. Whether you’re looking for family fun, traditional music, cultural discourse or stellar performances, these events serve as the perfect way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Crafts at the Long Island Children’s Museum
Tuesdays to Fridays through Sept. 24, you and your family can stop by the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to make your own paper mola—colorful textile art that originated from the indigenous Kuna people of Panama and Colombia. This fun arts and crafts project is offered free of charge with admission to the museum.
If you’re looking to plan another great hands-on afternoon for the kids, you can create your very own Cup of Sorpresas on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.licm.org or call 516-224-5800.
North Hempstead’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
The Town of North Hempstead will be holding their annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury to honor Hispanic-American community members who have positively impacted the local area. The celebration will include refreshments and live entertainment infused with Latin culture.
For more information, call 516-869-6311.
Freeport Memorial Library’s Spanish Author Series
Join María Cristina “Cristy” Marrero, former editor-in-chief of Siempre Mujer magazine, on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Freeport Memorial Library for a presentation of her book, Las Imperfectas—an empowering read about being a happy and successful woman.
Caléndula author Kianny N. Antigua will also visit the library on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., to recount cultural stories from the Dominican Republic as outlined in her book.
And for a lively afternoon of dancing and Dominican music, drop by on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy the beautiful pan-Latino sounds of Los Amigos del Amargue, led by Freeport’s own Luis Cordero.
For more information, visit www.freeportlibrary.info or call 516-379-3274.
Latin Dancing at the Westbury Memorial Public Library
For more traditional Latin music and salsa dancing, be sure to attend Cubanazo’s performance at the Westbury Memorial Public Library, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The Long Island band incorporates music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic into their show, making it a can’t-miss cultural celebration.
And on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2:30 p.m., join the famed Guitarrazón duo, composed of guitarist composer Josué Pérez and guitarist/flamenco dancer Lisa Spraragen, for an afternoon of classical guitar music with roots in Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Spain.
For more information, visit www.westburylibrary.org or call 516-333-0176.
Hofstra’s Film Screening of Afrolatinos: The Untaught History
For a stimulating panel discussion revolving around the estimated 150 million Afro-descendants in Latin America that have been excluded from historical texts and literature, don’t miss out on the film screening of Afrolatinos: The Untaught History, which will be held in the west multipurpose room at Hofstra University’s Mack Student Center on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The discussion will even include personal insight provided by Afro-Latino faculty, administration and students—what could better accompany a film on such an important topic? This event is provided free to the public by Hofstra’s Center for Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion.
For more information, visit www.hofstra.edu/IEI or email IEI@hofstra.edu.
Chita Rivera Performance at Adelphi University
Tony Award-winning legend Chita Rivera will be performing a solo concert at Adelphi’s Westermann Stage Concert Hall on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. recreating iconic moments from her extensive career. These include numbers from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Rink and The Visit. Tickets are available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office starting at $55; be sure to get tickets early so you can reserve your spot for this spectacular performance.
For ticket inquiries and more information, visit events.adelphi.edu or call 516-877-4000.
Hispanic Day Parade in New York city
Though it may not be located in Nassau County, the 54th annual Hispanic Day Parade in New York City is a sure-fire way to bring Hispanic Heritage Month to a memorable and
energetic close, with colorful floats, marching bands, dancers and performers in extravagant costumes parading down 5th Avenue in an extraordinary display of Latin pride.
Mark your calendars now and prepare to stand your ground on 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 66th Street on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m., so you can experience the unforgettable spectacle in its entirety.
For more information, visit www.newyorklatinculture.com.