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South Mountain Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicked off this week, South Mountain Community College District will offer a variety of free events, including a movie screening, speaker panel, live music and taco Tuesday at its main campus on 24th Street and Baseline.

On Wednesday, September 23, a screening of The Book of Life will take place at 11AM in the Student Union. This animated film by Mexican director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro was born out of Gutierrez’s deep connection with Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and much of the animation is stylized by the masks and figures that are synonymous with its celebration.

Next week, students and the community can learn more about the Hispanic culture and history from the speakers’ panel on Wednesday, September 30, from 11AM-1PM on the LRC Patio.

To finish out the celebration, enjoy the music of local disc jockey Manic Hispanic while dining from the food trucks and watching a capoeira demonstration on Tuesday, October 6, 11AM-1PM outside the Student Union.

Hispanic Heritage Month was expanded from a weeklong observation in 1988. It started September 15 in commemoration of the Independence Day anniversary of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and runs through Oct. 15. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence Sept. 16 and Sept. 17.

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