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October holds awards ceremonies, family-friendly fun

By La Prensa Staff

Even as Hispanic Heritage Month officially wraps up in mid-October, there are still plenty of activities and awards ceremonies on the Hispanic social calendar late in the month and early in November. Most of the events are annual traditions on the fall calendar:


Adelante, Inc. is hosting its annual César Chávez Humanitarian Awards on Wednesday, Oct.10, 2018, at 6 to 10 p.m., at Fat Fish Blue and the Funny Bone comedy club, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. The evening will include presentations of the César Chávez Humanitarian Award and the Amigo Award, followed by a comedy show. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling Adelante at 419.244.8440.

The recipient of this year’s César Chávez Humanitarian Award will be Sue Cuevas, executive director of the Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union. The Amigo Award will be given to the Lucas County D.A.R.T. Team, which has responded to more than 4,000 drug overdose calls since its inception three-and-a-half years ago.

The Spanish American Organization (SAO) will host its annual Bienvenidos Amigos fundraiser buffet Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Latins United hall, 706 St. St. Clair St. The $20 per person ticket will feature a Mexican dinner, D.J. music, silent auction, and raffles. Beer, wine, and margaritas will be available for purchase. The event raises funds for holiday baskets for needy families and Latino college scholarships.

Latino families are invited to take part in the fourth annual Trunk or Treat event put on by Lucas County Children Services on Saturday, Oct. 27, noon to 2 p.m., at the former site of Libbey High School, 1250 Western Ave. The Believe Center, Adelante, Inc., and the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center are among the Latino organizations taking part in the community outreach event, which provides a safe daytime trick-or-treating opportunity for children and their families. Games, activities, and mascots also will take place at the growing event, which is expected to draw 2,500 children.

Modern Woodman Fraternal Financial will present the Home Town Hero/Latino Award to Joe Balderas on October 29, 2018 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at El Camino Real restaurant, 2500 W. Sylvania Avenue. Joe Balderas is the garden and building director at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center. A lite fair will be provided along with a cash bar.
RSVP John A. Escobar 419-261-5646 johnescobar@bex.net or Amy Walters’s 419-306-0906.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist José Antonio Vargas will speak at the Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., as part of the Authors! Authors! lecture series. The Emmy-nominated filmmaker has become a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of his memoir published just last month, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.

Vargas is founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. In 2011, the New York Times published a groundbreaking essay Vargas wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant in an effort to advocate for the DREAM Act.

Vargas was part of a Washington Post team of reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings online and in print. Vargas wrote, produced, and directed the autobiographical firm Documented, broadcast by CNN Films in 2014.

The Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC) will host its 22nd annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event on Saturday, Nov. 3, 6 to 10 p.m. The evening will feature dinner, drinks, music, dancers, art, and the annual display of altars to lost loved ones.

Dinner will feature the menu of new SQACC Chief JR Hernández. There will be new works on display created by SQACC Art Coordinator Lorenzo Flores. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $90 per couple and can be reserved by calling the center at 419.241.1655.




On October 27, 2018, the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission [Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, a.k.a. OCHLA) is hosting its annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan (DHO) awards gala. The event is being held outside Columbus for the first time this year. The event runs 6 to 10 p.m. at the Reaser Grand Room in the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at https://2018dho.eventbrite.com.


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