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City of Bloomington Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Last updated on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department is proud to present the 8th Annual Festival del Otoño in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.City of Bloomington celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year in the United States the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of community members who originate or whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and other Spanish-speaking countries. The observation started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.

Celebratory events in Bloomington include:

• Monroe County Public Library along with La Casa/Latino Cultural Center-Indiana University and El Centro Comunal Latino are co-sponsoring the opening ceremony of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 14, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library. (303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington) For more information contact Daniel Soto at 349.3465 or sotod@bloomington.in.gov

• The 8th Annual Fiesta del Otoño fall cultural festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bloomington Farmers' Market (City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., Bloomington). Local Latino artists and community members from many different Latin American, Caribbean and Spanish-speaking countries will showcase their traditions and talents through food, dance, music, activities for kids and much more. For more information contact Prisma Lopez-Marin at 349.3464 or lopezp@bloomington.in.gov

• The ¡HOLA Bloomington! Spanish language radio show will run weekly specials highlighting the contributions of Latinos to our community and to the country. The show airs every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. on WFHB 91.3 FM. For more information contact Lylian Martinez at 349.3860 or martinel@bloomington.in.gov

The 8th Annual Fiesta del Otoño celebration is brought to you by the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department with friendly support from El Centro Comunal Latino and the Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. For more information and questions regarding National Hispanic Heritage Month events, contact Prisma Lopez-Marin, at lopezp@bloomington.in.gov or 349.3464.

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