Hispanic Heritage Month: Fiesta/Baile, Reading Club, Race to Remember

This year’s theme: “Hispanic Americans: Embracing, Enriching and Enabling America.”

The Alma College Hispanic Coalition will observe Hispanic Heritage Month with a schedule of planned activities designed to promote respect and understanding for people from different cultures.

Events will align with this year’s national theme, “Hispanic Americans: Embracing, Enriching and Enabling America,” says Stephany Slaughter, associate professor of Spanish and co-chair of the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee.

Family-friendly activities include the seventh annual Fiesta/Baile, a youth reading club, 5K “Race to Remember” and a “Latin Fiesta” performance by the Alma Symphony Orchestra.

For more information and updates, visit the Alma College Hispanic Coalition’s Facebook page or contact Slaughter at (989) 388-7858 or

Alma College Hispanic Heritage Month Events Calendar

Saturdays/The Alma Public Library hosts a weekly Bilingual Spanish Story Time at 11 a.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 10 and continuing through Nov. 19. Participation is free and open to the public. The story time is sponsored by the Alma Public Library, the Alma College Hispanic Coalition and the Alma College Modern Languages Department.

Saturdays/The Alma Public Library and Alma College Library sponsor a Hispanic Heritage Month Youth Reading Club for local pre-kindergarten through high school students from Sept. 10 through Oct. 15. Youth read books with themes related to Hispanic heritage or cultures. Reading logs are available at the Alma Public Library starting Sept. 10. A celebration for reading club participants takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Alma Public Library.

Sept. 13/International and multicultural student organizations participate in the Campus and Community Connections Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Stone Recreation Center at Alma College. Admission is free.

Sept. 14/Learn to dance the Corrido — a fun Mexican circle dance that can be done with a partner — at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the Stone Recreation Center at Alma College. The Hispanic Folk Dance Lesson is open to all; minors must be accompanied by an adult. The dance will be part of the Fiesta/Baile on Sept. 16.

Sept. 16/The Alma College Hispanic Coalition sponsors the seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta/Baile on Friday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center. The celebration includes live mariachi music with “Los Compadres,” Hispanic-inspired foods, an information fair hosted by the Mid-Michigan Migrant Resource Council, dancing, children’s activities, artwork by St. Mary’s School elementary students and more. Although admission is free, monetary donations are accepted as well as toiletries, school supplies and winter-wear. Proceeds support these drives as well as the Hispanic Coalition Scholarship Fund.

Oct. 23/The Alma Symphony Orchestra opens its 57th season with a “Latin Fiesta” in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

Nov. 6/The Alma College Hispanic Coalition invites participants to the first Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Race to Remember 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ Fun Run, Sunday, Nov. 6, on the Alma College campus. The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead celebrates life through remembering those who have passed; runners and walkers are invited to run in memory of loved ones. Packet pick-up and race registration takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Alma Public Library.

Story published on September 08, 2016