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Hispanic Heritage Month celebration includes SOAR education fair


Mariachi Infantil will perform at the Community Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.


Uniendo Nuestras Organizaciones (UNO) will sponsor its first annual Community Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane, Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The event will be hosted by UNO,the Hispanic Policy Network (HPN) and Seeking Opportunities, Achieving Results (SOAR). SOAR will present its third Annual San Marcos Education Fair in conjunction with the festivities.

Admission is free and open to the public.

UNO is a student organization at Texas State. UNO seeks to unite all Latino student organizations and extend contact between the San Marcos community and the university. The theme for the event is “Latinos; Past, Present and Future.”

Said UNO President and Founder Fidencio Leija, “We are expecting a huge turnout. The local Hispanic community, Texas State students, and visitors, all coming together to celebrate our heritage.”

The morning presentations representing the “past” Latinos will feature Aztec dancers and an indigenous identity presentation by Dr. Mario Garza and Latino speakers in education.

The first half of the afternoon will feature the “present” Latinos segment and with remarks by representatives of UNO and performances by Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación and Grupo Folclórico Ocotochtli. San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will speak on “Latinos in Politics.”

The “future” segment of the event features a performance by Mariachi Infantil and a presentation by League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director Joe Cárdenas II entitled, “Latino Issues Today.” Guest speakers will include Dr. Andrés Guerrero, author of Chicano Theology and Dr. Leticia Garza Falcón, author of Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance.

The SOAR Education Fair will feature booths and activity stations that provide information on early childhood development, elementary, middle and high schools in the area, college admission and continuing education opportunities.

Texas State student organizations and local political candidates will have information booths at the event.

Free food, catered by Embassy Suites, will be offered throughout the day.

The event’s sponsors include the Indigenous Cultures Institute, SOAR, the City of San Marcos, Hispanic Policy Network, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, McCoy’s Building Supply, UNO and others.

“We are honored to have such generous sponsors supporting our event,” said Amanda Pena, UNO Vice President of Administration. “They are making our dream a reality.”

Donations may still be made to the event online by visiting www.indigenouscultures.org and clicking on “Donate Now.”

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#1 Comment By Jane Citizen On 10/08/2010 @ 3:52 pm

Were you aware that this event is being promoted as a local community event, yet the main sponsor is an outside group whose name does not even appear in the press release? Also, the talented local musicians are the only part of this event that seems to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and Culture. The 5 speakers / topics include a rising young star from the Democratic party, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaking on ‘Latinos in Politics’, a state LULAC official discussing ‘Latino Issues Today’, and 3 University faculty whose work focuses mainly on mistreatment of hispanics by whites. It will be interesting to see if all the political candidates that have booths are Democrats. Why is Texas State University and the City of San Marcos helping to sponsor a political rally that is masquarading as a Community Hispanic Heritage Celebration?

#2 Comment By Gorge Smith On 11/04/2010 @ 11:43 pm

Re: Are you awear that the event is in promote education and culture? It is different when you talk about politics and funds. If you are too worry about who finance this event, why you do not attented and asked for information instead of making stupid speculations? I believe that what you are feeling is insecure of being who you are. What is really your point? Hispanic Heritage Month is just a celebration, but the impact and the inspiration that is seeded in every single indicidual that attended to that celebration is what matters.