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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Altadena Public Library Continues Its Latino American Grant Award Programming with a Grand Finale Celebration: Celebrating Roots, A Latino Cultural Arts Festival

On Saturday, May 14th from Noon to 8:00 p.m. the Altadena Library District will conclude its Latino American Grant award programming with a day-long festival. This Grand Finale Celebration is themed:  “Celebrating Roots”.

Altadena Library will host a Latino Cultural Arts Festival featuring:

Booths: 30+ Latino artists’ booths plus additional booths for non-profits that support the Latino Community.

MC for the day: Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, Associate Artist of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, she performs as a principal artist with many of the world’s finest companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, and at the Edinburgh Festival. 2012 Hispanic Scholarship Foundation’s “Mentor of the Year Award”, 2012 Spirit of California Award from the California State Latino Legislative Caucus, 2013 Mexican American Foundation’s Woman of the Year.

Music: José-Luis Orozco (Grammy Nominated) & musicians from the band Quetzal (Grammy Winning) will present a children/family music program. Two 45-minute sets.

Storyteller: Born and raised in East Los Angeles, artist, activist and writer Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin will be telling stories of family Mexican folk tales.

Dance: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles. This young dance company has already distinguished itself as the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance company.

Food vendors: Local food vendors and restaurants will supply plenty of tasty Latino favorites along with drinks and desserts.

Second Saturday [Altadena Library’s monthly music entertainment series] begins at 6:30 that evening. The band will be, Tremoloco – a blend of Country, Mexican, Roots Music, and Americana. The Altadena Ale House will sell Latino focused beers and wines. Local favorites, El Patron and Sweeter Than Honey, will be on board for food for the evening.

Latino Americans is a part of an ongoing series of Latino-American library programming. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at



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