Events to Celebrate Latino Heritage in the North Bay
Independence Day: Celebrate Mexican Independence Day outdoors from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at St. Peter’s Church, 491 S. Franklin St.. The celebration includes a health and resources fair, dancers from different regions of Mexico, Aztec dancers, storytelling, arts and crafts, food vendors and music. Information: 529-0973.
Camping: Latino Outdoors, REI and Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods offer a camping outing on Sept. 5 and 6 at the Willow Creek Campground, off state Highway 1. Information: 869-2394, [email protected].
Altar building: Learn how to build an altar for El Dia de los Muertos from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St. Information: 778-4398, petalumamuseum.com.
Tiempo Libre: The three-time Grammy-winning Cuban music ensemble joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for a free concert, “A Symphonic Night in Havana,” 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University. Information: 866- 955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu.
Saluting entrepreneurs: The Northern California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Telemundo present a dinner and awards celebration at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Double Tree Inn. Twelve Hispanic Chambers of Commerce are expected to participate, and seven business leaders will receive awards. Information: 575-3648.
Young Professionals mixer: The Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals celebrates its third anniversary with a mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at La Rosa Tequileria Grille, 500 Fourth St. Information: 322-5112, [email protected].
Rodeo and dance: Jaripeo/Baille Mexican rodeo and dance runs from 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Chris Beck Arena at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Information: 545-4200, [email protected].
Latino Fiesta: Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with food, music and games at Fiesta de Independencia from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in the pavilion at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Information: 800-7512, wellsfargocenterarts.org, [email protected].
Comedy show: Comedian and actor Adrian Uribe performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Ruth Finley Person Theater at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Tickets are $60, $75 and $85. Information: 527-7006, wellsfargocenterarts.org.
Sabores de Wine Country: The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals of Sonoma County presents the Sabores de Wine Country mixer, celebrating Latino Business Week, from 5:30 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. Information: 527-7006, 800-7529.
Free kids concert: Composers Heitor Villa-Lobos of Brazil and Carlos Guzman of Costa Rica perform a free concert from 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Santa Rosa High School. A family fair with face-painting, balloon-making and booths follows the 45-minute concert, which includes visual presentations of both countries. The performance will be narrated in English and Spanish.
¡Latin Fiesta!: The Sonoma County Philharmonic conducted by Norman Gamboa presents ¡Latin Fiesta! at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium. Arrive at 7 p.m. each night for preconcert talk with maestro Gamboa. Information: socophil.org
Nuestra Voz: Lideres de Sonoma presents its Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Sonoma Plaza from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13. The celebration includes Aztec and folkloric dancers and music from the Napa-based band Valle Alegre. A ceremony presided by a representative from the Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco starts at 4 p.m.
Independence Day: Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a dinner, dance, queen coronation and presentation of Latinos Unidos scholarships on Sept. 13 at the Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway. Tickets are $20 and free for kids 12 and younger. Sponsored by Latinos Unidos del Concado de Sonoma. Information: 322-6774.
Artists’ reception: Meet the El Dia de los Muertos artists and view their work at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St. Information: 778-4398, petalumamuseum.com.
Opening Event: Join the Petaluma’s El Dia de los Muertos celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 for music, dance, food and a health fair at St. Vincent de Paul Church Plaza, 35 Liberty St. Information: 322-0834.
Taste of Mexico: An outdoor fundraiser for El Dia de los Muertos takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 and includes mole-tasting, live music, chicken dinner, wine and beer. Tickets are $15 for the mole-tasting and dinner, $5 children ages 5 to 12. 2478 E. Washington St. Information: 322-0834
Poetry remembrance: A El Dia de los Muertos poetry remembrance and potluck dinner will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St. Information: 778-4398, petalumamuseum.com.
LumaFest: Join faculty, students and staff at an open-house festival with a Dia de los Muertos theme from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Free admission and parking; no pets permitted. The day includes sugar skull decorating, an art contest, an exhibit of the Dia de los Muertos art of Peter Perez, a papel picado workshop, food, beverages, face painting and more. Information: 778-3926, [email protected].
Lunada: Enjoy music, dance, food and stories of ancestors around a campfire from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at 2478 E. Washington St. Reservations required for limited overnight campout. Information: 322-0834.
State of the Latino Community: The Latino leadership group Los Cien will present its second annual State of the Latino Community Forum from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 at Sonoma State University’s Student Center Ballroom. This year’s theme is “Civic Engagement, Community Action and Transformation: 2016 and Beyond.” Keynote speakers will include Sacramento Republican political consultant Mike Madrid, Hispanics in Philanthropy president Diana Campoamor and Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Tickets are $40 and $25 for students. Information: [email protected].
Afro-Cuban concert: Pianist Chucho Valdes and his group Irakero join percussionist Perito Martinez for an Afro-Cuban music performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Weill Hall at Sonoma State University. Tickets start at $93. Information: 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu.
Golf tournament: The Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Fiesta Club Golf tournament, followed by a dinner, at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Oakmont Golf Club, 7025 Oakmont Drive. Fee is $150 per player. Information: 575-3648, 539-0415.
Rodeo and dance: Jaripeo/Baille, Mexican rodeo and dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the pavilion at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. Information: 284-3069, radiolazer.com.
Business Expo: Brena Outreach Strategies sponsors a Hispanic Business Expo 1-6 p.m. Oct. 11 that includes a Quinceanera Fashion Show at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Salsa, Folklorico and Quinceanera Surprise dances at 4 p.m.; and the Hispanic Community Leaders Award and Hispanic Job Fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hall of Flowers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road. BreNotas Magazine will recognize the accomplishments of Hispanics nominated by the community. Information: 295-7775, [email protected].
Baille de los Viejitos: Sponsored by Latinos Unidos del Concado de Sonoma, the event includes a menudo competition, cocktails and an old-time band on Oct. 18. Details have not yet been finalized. Information: 322-6774.
Concert: Gloria Trevi, “The Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop,” performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Ruth Finley Person Theater at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. Tickets are $225 VIP, $100, $85 and $75. Information: 527-7006, 800-7529.
Rodeo and dance: Jaripeo/Baille, a Mexican rodeo and dance, starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Pavilion at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. Information: 284-3069, radiolazer.com.
Bouquets to the Dead: Dia de los Muertos and butterfly-themed art exhibit runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at Mountain Cemetery, 90 First St. West. Artists assemble artwork on Oct. 31 that will remain on display dawn to dusk through Oct. 2. Free. Information: 935-1772.
Giant puppets: El Dia de los Muertos procession begins at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 from Water Street Bistro, 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., to the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St. Information: 322-0834, 778-4398, petalumamuseum.com.
Flamenco dancing: Spain’s premiere flamenco dancer and choreographer Jose Porcel performs with his dancers at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University. Tickets are $17.50 to $85. Information: (866) 955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu.
Dia de los Muertos: Celebrate Santa Rosa’s Day of the Dead from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in Old Courthouse Square. Entertainment includes Aztec, Pomo and Filipino dancers, singers, Mexican folk dancers, sugar skull painting, arts and crafts, and a theater group. Free.
Rodeo and dance: Jaripeo/Baille, a Mexican rodeo and dance, takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Information: 284-3069, [email protected], sonomacountyfair.com
Harvest Festival: El Verano Elementary School, in collaboration with La Luz Center in the Sonoma Valley, presents Harvest Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 1. It’s family affair with food, games and fun for all ages. It’ll be held at the school, 18606 Riverside Drive. Free.
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe from 3 to 9 a.m. Dec. 12 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St.
Nativity production: Ballet Folklorico De Sacramento Posada Navidena begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in Ruth Finley Person Theater at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. The Pastorela, or the journey of Joseph and Mary before the birth of Christ, will be portrayed through music and dance. A free arts and crafts show takes place before the show at 6 p.m. Information: 546-3600, 527-7006, wellsfargocenterarts.org
Virgin of Guadalupe procession: The annual procession to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe from St. Rose Church in Santa Rosa to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Windsor begins at midnight Dec. 11 and lasts until 5:30 a.m. Information: 837-8962, ext. 208.