Increasingly, area nonprofit, government, faith based, community, academic, and business agencies are organizing outreach activities directed at the Latino community. The ones which have become annual events are listed below.Be sure to check the CJ CALENDAR for more details on these and other opportunities for Charlottesville area Latinos and the service providers working with them, and subscribe to the CJ Newsletter to get announcements about upcoming events by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe” in the subject line.
AUGUST: NORFOLK LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL
The sun goes down, the stars come out, and the largest outdoor dance floor in Virginia heats up at the Annual Latino Festival at the Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk. More details at http://www.festevents.org/event/141/11th-annual-norfolk-latino-music-festival
SEPTEMBER – JUNE: CJ WORKSHOPS
Each year from September to June CJ offers ten workshops, which are free, conducted in English and open to the public. Workshop topics vary from month to month and offer training to service providers, organizations, businesses, and community volunteers on how to reach and support our area’s Latino population. Registration and refreshments begin at 9:40 a.m. Workshops are from 10:00 am – 11:30 am and take place in Room A of the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th St Ext. For details on each workshop, please check the CJ Calendar, and subscribe to the CJ Newsletter to get announcements about upcoming workshops by emailing email@example.com with “subscribe” in the subject line.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011: MANASSAS’ 10th ANNUAL LATINO FESTIVAL
The Annual Latino Festival is held on a Sunday at the Harris Pavilion in old town Manassas. Great family entertainment, several musical groups, children activities and great food makes this free annual event – to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – a great option for a fun, wholesome family day. Activities and entertainment start at 1pm and will end at 6pm. The drive to Manassas is a pleasant one on Sundays. For more information on past activities, to be a 2011 sponsor or to operate a table visit http://www.manassaslatinofestival.com/home
SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 15, 2011: HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Central America celebrates Independence Day on September 15; Mexico celebrates on September 16. Each year, from September 15 to October 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the economic, cultural, and social contributions of the more than 46 million Latinos residing in the U.S. During this month, colleges, libraries, community groups, and the media typically feature films, documentaries, reports and other activities for and about Latinos.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to educate your agency (workplace, volunteer effort, church, etc.) about our local Latino residents, comprised predominately of Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans.
The CJ online clearinghouse has local and state statistics and other information about Latinos as well as myth breaking facts and studies. The store Teachers’ Edition (1933 Commonwealth Dr, 296-3439) has or can order many materials suitable for bulletin boards, walls and doors, including 3 colorful packets ($10) that include photos and interesting data on Hispanic artists, advocates, authors, athletes, scientists, and entertainers.
Your agency might also think about partnering with a local Spanish speaking congregation or Latino business to do outreach in the Latino community or to provide a service to it. A list of possible partners is located in Services for Latinos, in the Local Resources section of the CJ website.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2011: 7th ANNUAL CJ HELP FAIR – FERIA DE AYUDA
The annual CJ Help Fair – Fería de Ayuda – offers outreach and networking opportunities to service providers working in the areas of health, housing, education, employment, legal and social services. Government offices, non-profits, churches, educational institutions, businesses and others serving Charlottesville’s Latino community are invited to participate with an information table and/or to donate funds, food, music, dance performance, or a door prize. In addition to these information tables operated by service providers, CJ Help fairs include brief workshops and medical examinations. Persons interested in participating in the 2011 CJ Help Fair, including those who would like to assist in its organization, should contact Martha Trujillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER 1, 2011: 11TH QUE PASA FESTIVAL OF RICHMOND
The VA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Science Museum of Virginia organize an annual festival to celebrate Hispanic culture. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to the usual abundance of Latin American food and music and the museum tours, festival-goers are able to meet and talk to local, state and national school officials about everything from registering children in kindergarten to applying for college financial aid. For more information visit http://www.vahcc.com/?page=quepasa2011.
OCTOBER 6-9, 2011: LATINO FILM FESTIVAL IN HARRISONBURG
For several days in October, the Court Square Tavern in Harrisonburg features a festival, highlighting films from U.S. Latino and Latin American filmmakers. The films and show times are available at http://www.courtsquaretheater.com/
OCTOBER 18-21, 2011: VIRGINIA GANG CONFERENCE
The Virginia Gang Investigators Association seeks to increase the awareness of gangs and assist law enforcement and related agencies in a cooperative effort to combat gang activity in all areas where it exists. It provides training events all over the U.S. and will hold its 13th Annual Gang Conference in Virginia Beach. For registration, course topics, cost, and other details, contact Steve Duncan at email@example.com
DECEMBER 2011: ANNUAL POSADA
Charlottesville’s Fire Department holds wonderfully authentic Posadas in December, as a way to enhance its relationship with Latinos living in the city, gain their trust, and increase their knowledge about fire safety and other Fire Department issues. The non-denominational Posada is a great way to interact and learn about a different culture and provides Latinos an opportunity to practice and enjoy their customs and to learn about fire safety. In 2010, 250 residents attended, most of them Latinos.
Mary Loose DeViney, Fire Corps director, welcomes Latinos and service providers working with them – including elementary teachers, churches, social workers and others – to join in making the Posada better than ever by taking on a task or just showing up with Latinos and others. For more information contact her at MLoose@aol.com or (434) 970-3536, or Felipe Mendoza at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301)537-8312.
MAY: CHARLOTTESVILLE FESTIVAL OF CULTURE
Each year the Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center organizes this festival to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity in our local community; increase awareness and understanding of that diversity in a respectful environment; and to provide an opportunity for building a bridge of communication between new Americans and established residents. If you would like to participate in the planning, or operate a booth about your services to Latinos or another ethnic group, or provide music, dance, art or another ethnic craft, please write Debra.Tuler@ccs.k12.va.us or call (434) 245-2819.