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The monthlong event begins Oct. 9 and includes music, dance, baking demonstrations and more

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Heucha Omeyocan Aztec dancers will perform Nov. 1 as part of the Day of the Dead celebration at the cultural center.

While National Hispanic Heritage Month is typically held from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the folks at the Chehalem Cultural Center have partnered with Instituto de Cultura Oregonian (ICO), a nonprofit group that works to promote Hispanic culture and multi-lingualism in Oregon, to strike out on their own and stage Hispanic Heritage Month locally beginning Oct. 9 and continuing through Nov. 6.

The series of events begins Oct. 9 with a kick-off reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the grand lobby of the CCC, 415 E. Sheridan St. According to a press release, the ICO will present a short talk titled "Our Hispanic Dimension," about the ICO's work and feature the line-up of events over the next month. A wine tasting and selection of classic Hispanic music will follow.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2lmY2OU.

And now for a little music

Next up is music and dance from Son de Cuba, a troupe with roots in Latin, African and jazz that are "blended together with beats from modern and classic Latin songs," the release said.

The event is slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the CCC's grand ballroom. Tickets, which are $10 for adults and free for youths under age 18, can be purchased in advance at https://bit.ly/2m2dArC.

Dessert baking demonstration

A bilingual workshop on baking and tasting by Zulema Garcia is slated for 10 am. Oct. 19 in the Cox Family Culinary Enrichment Center at the CCC. Cost is $10 and the workshop is limited to 25 people.

The demonstration will center on traditional Mexican desserts, particularly churros filled with blackberry-flavored crème pastelera, corn nob flans with raspberries and blueberries and coconut milk rice pudding infused with lavender.

"My story begins in childhood during Christmas holiday celebrations in Mexico, where our family tradition was that my mom was in charge of bring the desserts for Christmas Eve …," Garcia said in the release. "For me, baking is a productive way to reduce stress and a form of creative expression that preserves our traditions and enriches our culture through generations."

For more information on the baking demonstration, visit https://bit.ly/2n3jsAZ.

Guitar masters in concert

An Oct. 24 concert in the grand ballroom will feature classical guitarists Maria Olaya and Mario Diaz. The show begins at 7 p.m. and cost is $10 (it's free for youths under age 18). For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2lT51j7.

In addition to his guitar work, Diaz is a singer, audio engineer and educator whose work has taken him across the United States and into South America. He is a member of the Oregon Guitar Quartet and performed at the Portland Opera and other venues. He is a faculty member at Portland State University, where he is director of PSU Guitar Series, and Portland Community College, as well as head of the guitar program at Young Musicians & Artists.

Olaya teaches music and is a composer and arranger who has performed and taught around the world, including appearances in her native Colombia, as well as Germany and across the United States. She plays frequently in the Northwest and has twice been the featured performer at the Portland Guitar Society. For many years she performed with Duende, a Brazilian music trio, and every spring performs at the Northwest Handmade Instrument Show in Portland.

Day of the Dead celebration set

Newberg will continue its annual Dia de Muertos celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 in the grand ballroom. Performing will be the Huecha Omeyocan Aztec dancers. In addition, there will be numerous kids crafts and activities, including face painting, as well as live music, food and drink.

The event celebrates Dia De Muertos, which is recognized in central and southern Mexico every November and coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Soul's Day and All Saint's Day. In addition, indigenous people honor their deceased loved ones on this particular day as they believe the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on Oct. 31 and the spirits of all angelitos (children) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours, according to the press release. Then the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities prepared for them.

For more information on the event, visit https://bit.ly/2n24WJO.

The Hispanic origins of Oregon

The final event of Hispanic Heritage Month will be the introduction of a study, commissioned by the ICO, titled Los origenes hispanos de Oregon (The Hispanic Origins of Oregon). It is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the grand lobby of the CCC.

The session, according to the press release, will unveil some of the oldest maps of the Northwest coast; document theories that the origins of the name Oregon are "oregano" and "ear" in Spanish and the introduction of a new theory that it is derived from "Magdalena de Orejon"; display new sources of documentation that may be used for future historical and ethnographic studies of America; show links between different European colonialism practices, usually studied separately, that may provide a global and inclusive perspective of the old history of the Northwest; and trace the Hispanic population and its roots in the American northwest dating back to prior to creation of the United States.

For more information on the talk, visit https://bit.ly/2m6YQYH.

Arts & Leisure briefs

Hulett honored with YCCC award

SHERIDAN -- The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition honored Donna Hulett last week with its Marilyn Worrix Cultural Asset Award. The award was presented by Worrix during a surprise ceremony on Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The award is offered every two years and is designed to recognize recipients for "their significant civic and cultural contributions," according to a press release from the YCCC. "Specifically, their contributions to local/regional/county level arts, heritage or humanities organizations, their recognizable civic impact on local community, their demonstrated leadership in community and cultural affairs, their voluntary pursuits or contributions and their cultural involvement with education institutions."

Hulett received an original stained glass window created by local artist Ralph Kraft and a plaque created by Sheridan artist Monica Setziol-Phillips, which will be displayed in Sheridan for the next two years.

Hulett was recognized specifically for her work in establishing the Sheridan Museum of History, her contributions to Coastal Quilters and her work with Habitat for Humanity, all garnering her designation "as one of Yamhill County's premier cultural assets," the release said. She was also recognized for her role as co-creator in the recreation of the infamous "Murder Quilt," which depicts a legendary criminal trial in early-1900s Sheridan, as volunteer of the year in Sheridan, as a member of the Sheridan Senior Court and her recognition by the Daughters of the American Revolution for her community service.

Mystery writer will speak Oct. 8 at Friendsview

Dundee resident Warren Easley will speak at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in the auditorium at Friendsview Manor, 1301 Fulton St. In a talk headlined "How I Accidentally Became a Mystery Writer." Easley will speak about his latest book, "No Way to Die," the seventh work in his Cal Claxton Oregon mystery series.

Easley was named Northwest Up and Coming Writer in 2017 and won the national Kay Snow Award for fiction in 2012. His "Blood for Wine" was one of five books nominated nationally for the Nero Wolfe Award in 2018.


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