The month gets off to an early start with Latino Comedy Night
at the the Toledo Funny Bone on Thursday,
September 6, 6 p.m. Featured performers will include a
young, up-and-coming comic Rikki of Toledo and headliner
Ramon Rivas II of Cleveland. Tickets are $12 and can be
purchased online through EventBrite or Facebook.
For the first time, Hispanic Heritage Month will kick off with
Grito Fest 2018, a street festival to be held on
Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 to 11 p.m., at the Latinos United Hall,
706 S. St. Clair St.
There will be live music, food, raffles, contests, a kid’s area,
vendors, and dancing—all for an admission price of $5, which
also includes access to inflatables. Music groups scheduled to
perform include Latino Norteno and Los Aztecas, D.J. Duran
and D.J. Nando. More information can be obtained by calling
Elaina Hernandez at 419.283.1628.
El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico
also is putting together both the comedy night and festival as a
fundraiser to help the dance troupe fund a trip and performance
to Disney World in early 2019. The troupe so far has raised
$13,000 toward the estimated $22,000 cost of the trip.
The 29th annual Diamante Awards will be held
on Thursday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m. at the Owens Community College
Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd. in
Perrysburg Twp. Student admission to the event is $25, while
general admission tickets cost $75. Ticket sales, however, end
Sept. 14 online through EventBrite.
The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their
outstanding achievements and service to Latinos, while raising
scholarship funds for Latino students pursuing a college degree.
This year’s Diamante Award recipients were nominated by the
public and selected by the Latino Alliance of Northwest Ohio
Diamante planning committee.
This year’s award recipients include Tonya Duran,
long-time coach and executive director of The Believe Center;
Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student
success and inclusion at the University of Toledo; and
Tireman Auto Service Centers, corporate awardee.
The Spanish American Organization (SAO)
will host its annual scholarship dinner fundraiser on Sunday,
October 14, 1 to 5 p.m., at Latins United. There will be a
Mexican-themed dinner, silent auction, and a D.J. Tickets are
$20 and can be purchased by calling SAO treasurer Carmen
Barbosa at 419.290.3082.
will host a special performance by El Corazon de Mexico Ballet
Folklorico on Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at the Franciscan
Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania. The dance troupe will
give a free public performance with a goodwill offering. There
is a 6 p.m. reception prior to the performance.
The Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs (OCHLA)
will host its annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan awards gala
outside Columbus for the first time this year. The dinner and
awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at
Lorain Community College.
The DHO gala honors individuals and organizations that have
demonstrated outstanding achievements in their professional or
community service endeavors, and who serve as role models for
the growing Hispanic community in Ohio. Tickets can be purchased
by calling OCHLA at 614.728.8344.
The 2018 DHO Individual Award will be given to
a longtime aide to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Ms. Morris has a
long history of civic and volunteer contributions, but she has
the distinction of being the longest-serving Latina
congressional assistant in Ohio history—and according to OCHLA
research of available records, the longest-serving Latina in
that role in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
After receiving a Diamante award herself, Michele Soliz
will get to watch her father receive this year’s DHO Latino
Military Service of Distinction Award. This year’s award goes to
former Marine and Vietnam veteran Juan Antonio Soliz of
As a volunteer enlistee, Soliz received the Combat Marksman
Badge for service in an unsecured location in Vietnam and he was
later awarded the distinguished Purple Heart for events while
under enemy fire. In civilian life, Soliz serves as a community
advocate for veterans. He belongs to a number of veterans
groups, including AMVETS, the Defiance chapter of Vietnam
Veterans of America, and the Marine Corps League, which he
spearheaded their charter in 1991.
The DHO Nuestra Familia Award will be given that evening
University of Toledo and is president, Dr. Sharon
Gaber. The award is being given in recognition of the
university’s renewed commitment to helping advance Hispanic
Ohioans as they pursue higher education and meaningful careers.
Working alongside a Latino UT alumni affiliate, the Latino
Alliance of Northwest Ohio, and the Latino Student Union, the
university has committed time, finances, and resources to help
students succeed since Dr. Gaber’s arrival.
The University of Toledo will begin its month-long observance
with a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Lunch on Monday, Sept.
17, noon to 2 p.m. in the student union, room 2584. UT’s Office
of Multicultural Student Success will offer a free taco bar from
La Michoacana and give an opportunity to learn more about
student organizations and UT departments.
Other events will include a Ted Talk on Latin
Initiatives, including a panel discussion on assumptions
associated with Latin identities on Thursday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m.
in the student union. There will be a Latino business owners
panel on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at the Scott Park campus,
organized in conjunction with the UT Minority Business
UT Latino alumni are invited to attend a homecoming tailgate
party on Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 10 a.m. in Lot 10. Those
attending are asked to bring a covered dish for the event
preceding the game against Bowling Green State University.
There also will be an immigration documentary screening and
panel discussion Monday, Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Carlson
Library. Crossing Arizona is a film highlighting the
issues of undocumented immigration and border security on the
U.S./Mexico border. The National Association on Mental
Illness (NAMI) of Greater Toledo will host its 4th annual
Latino Mental Health Forum in the UT student auditorium on
Friday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions will focus on the
impact of trauma, working with families, and the substance abuse
HHM wraps up on campus in a big way with a film screening on
Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., in University Hall. Frida
will be shown, a biographical drama directed by Julie Taymor
depicting the professional and private life of the
surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
A complete schedule of UT Hispanic Heritage Month
events can be found here:
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is collaborating
with several local Latino nonprofits to provide Hispanic
Heritage Month programming and events at many of its branches
throughout September and October.
The Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC) will
offer library sessions on Mexican Alebrije Painting on Tuesdays
and Thursdays through Oct. 16. Participants can learn the
history and technique of Alebrije painting and have the
opportunity to paint a small whimsical creature in the style of
the traditional Mexican Alebrijes.
SQACC also will host demonstration sessions on Thursdays and
Saturdays at various library branches on how to make a
traditional Latino quesadilla using ingredients not normally
found in a traditional quesadilla. Those sessions will run
through November 1.
Patrons at all library branches can participate in a special
Explore Latin Countries Quiz for a chance to win prizes
during Hispanic Heritage Month. Patrons can test their knowledge
about Latin countries to earn a chance to win the grand prize of
a one-year family membership to the Toledo Zoo. A complete
schedule of times and locations for all events and
demonstrations can be found at the library website