Dancing skirts swirl, while the smell of authentic Hispanic food drifts through the air.
Linfield will kick off the fifth annual Hispanic Heritage Day on Sept. 22 at the I.M. Field.
The event, sponsored by Linfield College Latinos Adelante and the Multicultural Programs Office, takes place from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Community members from McMinnville and Linfield College are invited to attend in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“We want to bring awareness about all the cultures of Latin America,” said Paulina Rodriguez, a student who has helped organize the event.
Attendance is anticipated to be at more than 500 people.
“The food and music is really great,” Rodriguez said.
Free food, music and dancing will be available from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tamales, cotton candy, snow cones and Mexican pastries will also be available to purchase.
“I like to help out by bringing cultural awareness and add to the diversity that is at Linfield College,” Rodriguez said.
There will be a large band, Aztec dance group, a Linfield singer, a Linfield dance group and a kids’ dance group for entertainment.
Piñata making and breaking, raffles, face painting, flower making and other activities will all be available.
“We want to bring awareness about the cultures. We wanted to hold a fiesta style celebration,” Rodriguez said.
The Linfield Latinos Adelante and the Multicultural Programs Office strongly suggest attending this event, which celebrates a proud culture in our area.
For more information about this event contact Director Of Multicultural Programs Jason R. Rodriguez, at 503-883-2574.
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