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Sizzling Summer ahead for Family-Friendly, Adult Fun

Latino lives will be busy as summer heats up if they choose to take advantage of all the fun in store across Ohio. There is a little something for everyone, from family-friendly to adult trips.

Latino Heritage Day with the Toledo Mud Hens is set for Thursday, July 19, 2018. The annual Spanish-American Organization (SAO) and La Prensa event will award Latino college scholarships at home plate prior to the 7 p.m. game. There will be music and dancing at Hensville Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 each and available by calling SAO officers Carmen Barbosa at 419-290-3082, Mary Morales at 419-270-1076, or Phil Barbosa at 419-215-7941.

Latins United is sponsoring its annual bus trip to Fiesta Tigres on Saturday, August 11, a Detroit Tigers home game that honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players to the game of baseball. The Comerica Park trip costs $75 and includes bus transportation, game ticket, special Fiesta Tigres T-shirt, and a donation to Detroit local Latino charities.

The bus departs at 3:30 p.m. that day for the 6:10 p.m. game against the Minnesota Twins. A $30 deposit is required to hold a seat. Tickets for the bus trip can be purchased by calling Yolanda Sholl at 419.382.9779.

Festival Latino 2018 in downtown Columbus has announced its headline entertainment for the free family-friendly, two-day festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 2018, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Genoa Park.

Saturday’s acts will include Típico Urbano, a New York City-based musical group which puts a modern twist on merengue merengüe by infusing traditional Dominican rhythms with youthful lyrics and new and exciting musical concepts. Mexican folk artist Gina Chávez is an eight-time Austin Music Award winner including Musician of the Year. The singer/songwriter’s folk music blends hints of cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, and reggaetón.


Saturday evening’s main entertainment will be Lupillo Rivera, best known for his album Despreciado. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter has netted 15 Top 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, and is touring in support of his 2017 album, El Malo.


Sunday’s featured artist lineup includes Frank Reyes, known as “The Prince of Bachata.” The Dominican singer has made the genre popular worldwide through hits such as “Noche de Pasion,” “Amor Desperdiciado,” “Se Me Olvido Que Te Amaba,” and “Como Sanar.” Puerto Rican salsa will be the specialty of El Gran Combo, considered one of the most successful salsa orchestras of all time. The group has released more than 60 studio albums of soul-stirring Latin rhythms and harmonies over a 55-year-long career.


A full entertainment schedule will be released later this summer and more details can be found at www.FestivalLatino.net.


Festival Latino photo credit Randall L. Schieber

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