• A woman with a colorful headress and a native dress

      Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade (Photo – pasadenalatinoheritageparade.org).

      PASADENA — ColoradoBoulevard.net:

      The City of Pasadena is commemorating National Latino Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  There will be a wide variety of programs, including a free parade, festivals, events, and activities for all ages.

      By News Desk

      Community Events

      Latino Heritage Parade and Festival on September 16
      Join local schools, community groups, elected officials, dignitaries, neighbors, and friends at the 25th Annual Latino Heritage Parade and Festival. This year’s theme, Reaching for the Stars, recognizes the achievements of Latinos in the United States. This event enriches the community by bringing together family and friends, warmth, and culture, as well as values and tradition to Pasadena. Sponsored by the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Latino Heritage Committee. For all ages.
      Saturday, Sept. 16
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm
      10:00 am – noon
      Starts at the intersection of N. Los Robles Ave. and Buckeye St.,    then heads south on Los Robles Ave. ending at City Hall.
      Noon – 4:00 pm
      Pasadena City Hall, Centennial Square
      100 N. Garfield Ave.

      Fiesta La Pintoresca
      La Pintoresca Library invites you to celebrate with cultural stories, crafts, music, and much more. Special musical performance by the Classical Teens from Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts. For all ages.
      Wednesday, Oct. 11
      4:00 pm
      La Pintoresca Branch Library
      1355 N. Raymond Ave.

      Dia de los Muertos
      Join friends and neighbors to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department is teaming up with the Armory Center for the Arts and Pasadena Community Job Center to commemorate this century-old holiday with dance performances; arts and crafts; food available for purchase; and “ofrendas,” altars honoring the lives of the deceased.
      To attend, register at CityOfPasadena.net/Reserve. For all ages.
      Friday, Oct. 27
      5:00 – 9:00 pm
      Villa Parke Community Center
      363 E. Villa St.

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      Family Activities

      Spanish Storytime/Leéme Un Cuento
      Attend our weekly Spanish-language storytime. Lo invitamos a disfrutar de una hora de cuentos en familia donde usted puede echar a volar su imaginación con historias en español, música, manualidades y mucho más. For ages 0-12 and their caregivers.
      Wednesdays/miércoles (except Sept. 20 – Oct. 11)
      4:00 pm
      La Pintoresca Branch Library
      1355 N. Raymond Ave.

      Loteria Game
      Come, play Loteria, a bingo game that is more than a century old! Families are welcome to play using the library’s game boards. For ages 9+.
      Saturday, Sept. 16
      4:00 pm
      Jefferson Branch Library
      1500 E. Villa St.

      Mayan Jaguar Headdress with mini 3D Mayan Temple
      Create a Mayan Jaguar Headdress and mini 3D Mayan Temple in celebration of Latino Heritage Month. For all ages.
      Tuesday, Sept. 19
      4:00 pm
      Villa Parke Branch Library
      363 E. Villa St.

      Caregiver and Me Chocolate Skull Making Workshop
      Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) sugar skull craft. Create a fun and unique chocolate calavera. Materials provided by the Pasadena Latino Heritage Committee. Two sessions will be offered.
      To attend, register at CityOfPasadena.net/Reserve. For all ages.
      Saturday, Sept. 23Session 1
      9:30 – 10:30 am
      Villa Parke Community Center
      363 E. Villa.
      Saturday, Sept. 23Session 2
      11:30 am – 12:30 pm
      Villa Parke Community Center
      363 E. Villa St.

      Colorful Papel Picado
      Learn about the traditional Mexican tissue paper art of papel picado and make your own pieces to take home.
      For all ages.
      Saturday, Sept. 30
      11:30 am
      Santa Catalina Branch Library
      999 E. Washington Blvd.

      Movie Night
      Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy the movie “McFarland USA.” The movie is based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a mainly Latino high school in McFarland, CA. To attend, register at CityOfPasadena.net/Reserve. For all ages.
      Friday, Oct. 6
      7:00 pm
      Pasadena Tournament of Roses House
      391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.

      Paint and Aguas Frescas
      Join us for Paint and Aguas Frescas! Create your own painting while enjoying a tasty cantarito of agua fresca! Art kits and aguas provided. Registration required. Led by an experienced artist. To attend, register at CityOfPasadena.net/Reserve. For ages 8+.
      Saturday, Oct. 7
      2:00 – 5:00 pm
      Villa Parke Community Center
      363 E. Villa St.

      Kite Hour
      Join us and create your own kite out of paper plates, tissue, and other supplies. Celebrate with us! ¡Te esperamos! For ages 3–12.
      Saturday, Oct. 7
      4:00 – 5:00 pm
      Linda Vista Branch Library
      1281 Bryant St.

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      Teen and Adult Activities

      Spanish Conversation Group
      Want to practice and improve your spoken Spanish? Join San Rafael Branch Library’s conversational Spanish group now on Zoom! Volunteers and attendees help you to make personal progress and provide lots of practice speaking in Spanish. For adults of any Spanish speaking level.
      Sign up at Pasadena.Evanced.info/SignUp.
      2:30 – 4:00 pm

      Octavia Butler Sci Fi Book Club
      Join us as we discuss “The Daughter of Doctor Moreau” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia in September.
      Saturday, Sept. 23
      3:00 pm
      Octavia’s Bookshelf, a bookstore
      1361 N. Hill Ave.

      Creating Authentic Pan Dulce “Concha”
      Conchas are a traditional sweet bread made of a fluffy, buttery, soft dough, flavored with cinnamon and topped with a sugar paste which resembles a seashell. This is one of the most popular kinds of authentic Mexican bread and is a childhood favorite for many. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of making these delicious treats. You’ll have the opportunity to taste them and take them home to share with family and friends. For ages 15+. To attend, register at CityOfPasadena.net/Reserve.
      Saturday, Sept. 30
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
      Villa Parke Community Center
      363 E. Villa St.

      Exploring the Culture of the Aztecs
      Join us as educator Gloria Arjona explores the Aztec culture through the life of La Malinche, the indigenous interpreter and concubine of Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes. She is recognized for contributing to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire,1519–1521, by acting as an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. For ages 13+.
      Saturday, Sept. 30
      3:00 pm
      Lamanda Park Branch Library
      140 S. Altadena Dr.

      Hill Avenue Book Club
      Join us in October when we will discuss “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. To attend, sign up at Pasadena.Evanced.Info/SignUp.
      Saturday, Oct. 7
      10:30 am

      Allendale Book Discussion
      We will discuss “The Barbarian Nurseries” by Hector Tobar on
      Saturday, Oct. 14
      10:30 am
      Allendale Branch Library
      1130 S. Marengo Ave.

      These movies  celebrate Latino Heritage Month and are available on Pasadena Public Library hoopla anytime you wish to view them.

      • Log in to hoopla using your email and password,
      • Select “Pasadena Public Library” and
      • Enter your 14-digit library card number.

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      Film Series

      The Suffragists (2012) NR CC • Documentary
      The story of Eufrosina Cruz, an indigenous woman from the Zapotec community of Santa María Quiegolani in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Las Sufragistas details her political struggle, as well as Mexican women’s long fight for political power, beginning with the Revolutionary period. The film also considers challenges that women in power face.

      Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2015) NR CC • Documentary
      How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality? The answers lie in the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, who won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. A law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, García Márquez became the writer of globally celebrated, critically acclaimed books.

      Botero (2018) NR • Documentary
      Perhaps the most famous living artist of our present day, Fernando Botero is a worthy subject of a documentary. Botero shares the story of his humble beginnings in Medellin Colombia in 1932.  He describes the ambitions that led him on a tumultuous journey and ultimately shaped his signature style of volumetric art. Featuring extensive interviews and fascinating archival footage.

      Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department programming is sponsored by the Pasadena Latino Heritage Committee. Pasadena Public Library programming is sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.

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