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Fiesta Latina serves as cultural bridge for Beaverton community

Saturday's fun includes music, prizes and dancing


The Beaverton Hispanic Center is gearing up for a celebration of the community’s Latino population.

The public is invited to join in Fiesta Latina events on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. in the BG Plaza Courtyard at 3800 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., behind Goodwill and the Thai Bloom restaurant.

The free festivities include musical performances and appearances by several Latino celebrities, including mariachi singer Edna Vazquez, Nuestro Canto, Nelly Rodriguez, Nelson Zepeda and Martin Zarzar, who performed with Pink Martini for 10 years. Comparsa Orgullo Morelense Cemiac will also perform traditional Chinelos mask dances from Mexico.

Families will enjoy music, salsa dancing for teens and adults, face painting for kids, food, raffles for prizes, pinata-making classes and more.

“In commemoration of the opening of the Beaverton Hispanic Center’s new office, we will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony with special guests representing state and local government and leaders in the Hispanic community,” said Juanita Villarreal, executive director of the center, which is located in Suite 123 of the BG Plaza.

Local businesses and organizations will also be on site exhibiting their wares. Other attractions include a silent auction to raise money for the center’s operations.

“Through this event, the BHC hopes to not only fund our ongoing community services, but also to fulfill part of our mission by serving as a bridge between cultures,” Villarreal said. “The center itself and this event will provide a safe and welcoming environment for exchange between all members of the community and representatives of the city government and social services.”

The event is sponsored by Beaverton Foods and Gene Biggi Properties.

The Beaverton Hispanic Center was established in 2010.

“We work to support Beaverton’s Hispanic citizens by addressing issues of equity, creating opportunities and strengthening family and community while fostering collaboration across borders through events,” she said.

The center also provides subsidized English as a second language classes independently and through collaboration with local companies, Spanish as a second language classes, computer classes, domestic violence prevention and education presentations as well as other crime prevention programs.

“We are proud to have touched the lives of over 13,000 people in the Beaverton community and beyond,” Villarreal said.

For more information, visit beavertonhc.org or call 503-270-0272.



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