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Celebrate Hispanic culture with free food, drink and live traditional performances

To celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month the City of Wood Village and local organization will host a community celebration from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Wood Village City Hall and Civic Center, 24200 N.E. Halsey St., Wood Village. The free event will have food, drinks, music and traditional dances.

The event is organized by Lideres Naturales, with support from the City of Wood Village, PlayEast!, Oregon Latino Health Coalition and Families en Accion. Lideres Naturales is an East County organization that serves the Latinx community through events and providing information on healthy living and COVID-19.

"This is our fourth Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and our second with the City of Wood Village," said Lideres Naturales leader Teresa Campos-Dominguez. "The event has been and is a great way for our people to show off our roots and celebrate who we are. We also want to share to our culture and our values to the next generation."

The event will have Mexican foods like pozole, tacos and agua frescas as well as other desserts like cake. The celebration will also have activities and games for the children and raffles for adults.

Although food is a big draw, Campos-Dominguez said she is extremely excited to show off this year's traditional dance. "Every year we (Lideres Naturales) learn a new traditional dance and perform at the celebración," Campos-Dominguez said. This year's dance comes from the Huasteca region of Mexico, which includes the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro and Guanajuato. The group will also use dresses made for them by Mexican artist.

"We love being able to do events like this especially because it helps us stay connected to our heritage," Campos-Dominguez said. "It isn't just us in Wood Village or Fairview, we have had people come from Hillsboro, Woodburn and even Vancouver come by."

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