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Music, 'La Bamba,' Mark Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on 08/31/17 by TheAARPBulletin, AARP Blog Author

Beginning Sept. 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month will celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

In Los Angeles County, where nearly half of the 10 million residents are Hispanic/Latino, AARP California will sponsor and participate in Hispanic heritage events aimed at people of all ages and ethnicities.

For instance, the organization will sponsor a Mexican Independence Day celebration at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, and a free screening of La Bamba, the movie about the late Mexican-American rock star Ritchie Valens, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Both will take place at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St.

“AARP California is thrilled to support these opportunities to celebrate Hispanic and Latino heritage and culture, which have played such a huge role in our state’s history and are vital to its future,” said Nancy McPherson, AARP California state director. “We encourage Californians of all ages and ethnicities to join us in commemorating the many Hispanic contributions to our nation.”

To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month events, go to aarp.org/losangeles (English) and aarp.org/quepasala (Spanish). —Laura Mecoy

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