Hispanic Heritage Month

Join the Deschutes Public Library as we recognize the heritage of the Hispanic community with a full month of programs and activities. This is part of a national period that celebrates the cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th. This period was chosen for this celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of eight separate Latin American countries.



2010 Activity Guide (en Español)




4th Annual Festival of Cultures
Saturday, September 11th
Centennial Park, Redmond
10:a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the kickoff of National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Latino Community Association’s 4th Annual Festival of Cultures. The Festival is an international affair including booths set up by the Deschutes Public Library. Also included are local dance troupes, singers, and musicians, ethnic food vendors, and a children’s play area. Questions? Contact Carol Burnett at 541/610-3075


Basic Computer Skills for Spanish Speakers (Spanish)
Thursdays, September 9–30
Redmond Public Library
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Learn how to use a mouse and get started in Microsoft Word. This four week course covers all the basics you need to create great looking documents, finishing with a resume. Come to any or all sessions. Questions? Contact Sarah Van Diest at 541-312-1066.


Art Envy: Frida Kahlo (English)
Tuesday, September 14
Bend Public Library, Brooks Room
6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 3
Sisters Public Library
2:00 p.m.

Local artist Paula Bullwinkel discusses the fascinating work and life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, followed by a 45-minute painting workshop inspired by her work. Supplies are included. Class is limited to 25 participants. Registration required.


Spanish Story Time (Spanish)
Thursday, September 16
Bend Public Library, Brooks Room
6:30 pm
Monday, October 11
Redmond Public Library
6:30 pm

An early literacy story time for children ages 0-5 together with a parent or caregiver. Let’s make a piñata!


Latin American Guitar Performance (Bilingual)
Saturday, September 18
Sunriver Area Public Library
3:00 p.m.

Local guitarist Rich Hurdle plays music from Latin America in this live performance.



Read, Rhyme, and Romp: The 3 R’s To Grow a Reader (Spanish)
Tuesdays, September 21–October 26
Sisters Public Library
6:00 p.m.

A fun workshop for parents and care providers on the importance of sharing stories with children ages 0-5. You’ll learn about early literacy skills, and how it helps with brain development and bonding.



Traditional Mexican Cooking (Bilingual)
Wednesday, September 22
Bend Public Library, Brooks Room
6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 29
Redmond Public Library
6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 7
La Pine Public Library
3:00 p.m.

Local chef Veronica Castro demonstrates how to make a traditional Mexican dish and accompanying drink. Class is limited to 30 participants. Registration required.



Argentinean Folk Dancing Class (Bilingual)
Saturday, September 25
Redmond Public Library
4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 11
Bend Public Library, Brooks Room
6:00 p.m.

Local Tango instructor Alicia Jumar-Loffler teaches a class on the traditional folk dances of Argentina.


Decorate a Sugar Skull (English)
Saturday, October 9
Sisters Public Library
1:00 p.m
Wednesday, October 13
Redmond Public Library
6:00 p.m

Learn about Dia de los Muertos and decorate your own sugar skull to take home. Class is limited to 20 participants. Registration required.





All programs are free and open to the public. Program times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Check times at your local library or at www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.





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