Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with AARP Texas

Posted on 08/28/20 by Aimee Knight, Mark Hollis

Painting lessons that celebrate the people of Mexico. “Culinary Tuesday” events that teach how to cook with the vibrant flavors from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru and other Latin American countries. And “Folk Tale Wednesday” happenings where artists bring inspiring stories to life. These and more make up an array of free and virtual events that AARP Texas will host in celebration of 2020’s Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Sept. 15.

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The educational, fun, and exciting events serve to recognize the rich culture and heritage, as well as the valuable contributions, of the Hispanic and Latino communities across the nation and beyond. And in a state like Texas – where almost 40 percent of the population is of Hispanic origin – these commemorations mean a great deal.

“We’re a state full of Hispanic culture and traditions,” said Zulema Solis who co-leads AARP’s outreach work in North Texas. “We’re excited for our volunteers to share these experiences virtually as we showcase the beauty and diversity of these cultures.”

The events are free and open to the public. Mark this page and return here. We will update this page with information about Hispanic Heritage Month events that AARP Texas is hosting throughout the state.

Dallas-Fort Worth.


The following events are organized in conjunction with partner organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth. For more information and details about additional events, visit www.aarp.org/dfw

Sept. 15, 3 p.m.Hispanic Heritage Month Cultural History Conversation
Join an AARP Texas Facebook Live broadcast for a conversation with a Dallas college professor about the history and significance of this month. Enjoy the event at: www.facebook.com/AARPTexas

Sept. 16, 11 a.m.Mariachi & Folklorico Concert
Watch an energetic and colorful performance, complete with music and dance. The event takes place at: www.facebook.com/AARPTexas

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Sept. 17, 10 a.m.  Zumba Gold Class
Join a Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. The event will be hosted on Zoom by the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (ANMBF) organization. Register here:
https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-918-Z


Sept. 18 Mini Performance Friday
The Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico organization’s professional performance company will deliver a 10-minute performance at: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol

Sept. 20 -- Mexican Dance Class: Los Machetes from Jalisco
In this all-levels 30-45 minute dance class, participants will learn the song Los Machetes from the region of Jalisco. Find the event at: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Sept. 20 Introduction to Peru Video
Watch a short video describing the culture, history and highlights of Peru. See it at: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Sept. 21, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join a Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-921-Z


Sept. 22 – Peruvian Folk Tale
An artist with the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico will share folk tales from Peru. Participate at: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-922-FT

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Sept. 22 – Culinary Tuesday: Peruvian Chicken

Learn how to prepare this intriguingly seasoned one-dish dinner laced with lime, cumin and fresh mint. Participate at: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol

Sept. 22, 3 p.m. – Piñata Making
Join us on the AARP Texas Facebook page to make your own piñata. The event will take place at: www.facebook.com/AARPTexas . Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-922-Pin


Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. The event will be hosted on ANMBF’s Zoom platform. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-923-Z


Sept. 23, 2 p.m. -- Pervian Reablo Art Activity
Learn how to make a personalized retablo from items around the house. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-923-RA Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Sept. 25, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on ANMBF’s Zoom platform. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-925-Z


Sept. 26 – Peruvian Dance Tutorial
In this all-levels 30-45 minute dance class, participants will learn folk steps from Peru alongside the dance’s history and clothing. Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-926-PD


Sept. 28 – Introduction to Costa Rica Video
Enjoy a short video describing the culture, history and highlights of Costa Rica. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-928-CRV Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Sept. 28, 10 a.m. ``-- Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on ANMBF’s Zoom platform. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-928_Z


Sept.  28, 11 a.m. -- Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home.  Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. More registration information to come.

Sept. 29 -- Culinary Tuesday: Beef Picadillo de Chayote
This dish is a healthy recipe from Costa Rica that combines lean ground beef, squash, cilantro, corn and red pepper for a quick meal or a healthy (and tasty) side dish. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-929-MC Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol

Sept. 29, 3 p.m. – Sugar Skulls Making
Join us on the AARP Texas Facebook page to learn how to make your own sugar skull, traditionally used in celebrating the Day of the Dead. Participate here: www.facebook.com/AARPTexas Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-929-S


Sept. 30 – Costa Rican Folk Tale
An artist with Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico will share folk tales from Costa Rica. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-930-CRF And participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

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Sept. 30, 11 a.m. -- Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home. The event will be hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform at: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-930-Z


Oct. 1 – Costa Rica: Blue Morpho Butterfly Art Activity
Making this butterfly craft is an easy afternoon activity that helps participants learn about an amazing creature from the rainforests of the Americas. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1003-CRT Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Oct. 2, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1002-Z


Oct. 3 – Costa Rican Dance Tutorial
In this all-levels 30-45 minute dance class, participants will learn folk steps from Costa Rica alongside the dance’s history and clothing.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1003-CRT
Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Oct. 5 – Introduction to El Salvador Video
Enjoy a short video describing the culture history and highlights of El Salvador. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1005-ESV Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Oct. 5, 11 a.m. -- Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. To be held at: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Oct. 6, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Registration information to come.

Oct. 6 – Huichol Yarn Paintings
This all-levels class using supplies found around the house is inspired by Huichol people who live in the states of Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas and Nayarit in Mexico. We will craft these unique pieces of art with yarn, glue and cardboard. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1006-HY Participate on the AARP Texas Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AARPTexas

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Oct. 6 – Culinary Tuesday: El Salvador’s authentic fruit drink
Discover how to make this fruit drink made with chopped fruits like pineapple, mango, orange and mixed with pineapple juice, lemon juice and water. Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol


Oct. 7 ­­– El Salvador Folk Tale
An Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico artist will share folk tales from El Salvador. Register here:
https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1007-SFT Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Oct. 7, 11 a.m.: Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1007-F
Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Oct. 7, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Registration details to come.

Oct. 8 – El Salvador Magical Bird Art Activity
The colorful artwork of Fernando Llort, also known as “El Salvador’s National Artist,” inspires this activity, where participants use pencils, bright color markers and white poster boards to create their own “magical bird.”  Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1008_MBA
Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Oct. 9, 11 a.m.: Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Come learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home.  Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1009-F
Takes place here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Registration details to come.

Oct. 10 – El Salvador Dance Tutorial
In this all-levels 30-45 minute dance class, participants will learn folk steps from Cumbia Sampuesana alongside the dance’s history and clothing.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1010-SDT
Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Oct. 12 – Introduction to Puerto Rico Video
Enjoy a short video describing the culture history and highlights of Puerto Rico.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1012-PRV
Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

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Oct. 12, 11 a.m. -- Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1012-F
Takes place here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Oct. 13 – How to make a Water Bottle Güiro
Learn how to make your own Puerto Rican percussion instrument using supplies found at home.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1013-WBG
Participate here: www.facebook.com/AARPTexas

Oct. 13 Culinary Tuesday: Arroz con Pollo
Learn how to make this delicious one pan dinner is made with homemade adobo seasoned chicken, sofrito and savory rice. Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol

Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Class
Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Registration details to come.

Oct. 14 – Puerto Rico Folk Tale
An artist with the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico will share folk tales from Puerto Rico.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1014-PRF
Join the event here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Oct. 14, 11 a.m. -- Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Come learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1012-F
Takes place here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/


Oct. 15, 2:45 p.m. – Hispanic Heritage Month Concert
Join us on the AARP Texas Facebook page for a whole host of performances, including Mariachi, Folklorico, singing and dancing.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1015-HHC
https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexas

Oct. 16, Oct. 18, and Oct. 19 --- 11 a.m. -- Traditions of Mexico: Folklorico for Seniors Classes
Learn this traditional Mexican dance with balletic characteristics, all from the comfort of your home.
* For Friday, Oct. 16, register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1016-F
* For Sunday, Oct. 18, register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1018-F
* For Monday, Oct. 19, register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1019-F

The classes will take place on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

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Oct. 16, 10 a.m. Zumba Gold Class Join this Zumba class for an engaging session of music and movement. Hosted on the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Zoom platform. Registration information to come.

Oct. 17 – Puerto Rico Dance Tutorial
In this all-levels 30-45 minute dance class, participants will learn folk steps from salsa alongside the dance’s history and clothing.
Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/TX-1017-PRD
Participate here: https://www.facebook.com/anmbf/

Houston

The following events are organized in conjunction with partner organizations in Houston.


Sept. 15, 5 p.m. – Music from the Americas by Walter Suhr
Presented by Mr. Walter Suhr, songwriter musician and director of Mango Punch Band, this webinar brings together music and history celebrating the roots of different genres across the American countries. Hosted by the Institute of Hispanic Culture and AARP Houston, you can register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/events/virtual-aarp-tx-celebrating-hispanic-heritage-with-the-institute-of-hispanic-culture-aarp-houston-ho/event-summary-7e66cef4ea0b42cd941f31a6b89cb1ac.aspx

Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. – En Vivo Contigo: Concierto virtual “en la casa”
We may not be able to gather together in person, but we can still celebrate at every age and virtually, the things that keep us close – like music! Join us on the AARP Texas en Espanol Facebook page for this upbeat, fun-filled virtual concert. https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol/videos/?ref=page_internal

Sept. 22, 5 p.m. – Latin American Consular Presentation
Several consuls of Latin American countries will present on the impactful contributions of their people to the United States. This virtual event is hosted by the Institute of Hispanic Culture and AARP Houston. Registration information to come.

Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. -- Miercoles de Movimiento: Tai Chi en Espanol
Únete a nosotras todos los miércoles a una clase de Tai Chi que se centra en temas de salud como la salud cognitiva, el mejoramiento del sistema inmunológico, la liberación de emociones no deseadas, el equilibrio físico para la prevención de caídas y mucho más... https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol/videos/?ref=page_internal

Sept. 29, 5 p.m. – Rethinking the History of Maize
A gift from the Americas to the world, maize has evolved into a tasty, tender corn enjoyed the world over. Join us for this webinar in Spanish on the history and impact of this resilient and delicious plant, hosted by the Institute of Hispanic Culture and AARP Houston. Register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/events/virtual-aarp-tx-celebrating-hispanic-heritage-with-the-institute-of-hispanic-culture-aarp-houston-ho/event-summary-88a4f47b03cf4685b7775cc1df75fb00.aspx

Sept. 30, 6 p.m. – En Vivo Contigo: Competencia de chefs
This installment of En Vivo Contigo features chef Irma Galvan, owner of Irma’s Original restaurant, cooking delicious meals with a guest chef. Join us for a flavor-filled virtual evening at the AARP Texas en Espanol facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol/videos/?ref=page_internal

Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. -- Miercoles de Movimiento: Tai Chi en Espanol
Únete a nosotras todos los miércoles a una clase de Tai Chi que se centra en temas de salud como la salud cognitiva, el mejoramiento del sistema inmunológico, la liberación de emociones no deseadas, el equilibrio físico para la prevención de caídas y mucho más... https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol/videos/?ref=page_internal

Oct. 6, 5 p.m. – Latin American Dances by Raúl Orlando Edwards
Presentación dinámica de los diferentes hechos históricos, sociales y culturales que influyeron el desarrollo de varios géneros musicales y bailables en Latinoamérica; entre ellos: salsa, samba, tango y más. Creada y presentada por Raul Orlando Edwards con colaboración de Reinaldo Costa. https://aarp.cvent.com/events/virtual-aarp-tx-celebrating-hispanic-heritage-with-the-institute-of-hispanic-culture-aarp-houston-ho/event-summary-71f43bdba6984fe2995299601db60a8c.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3d0HQXNcDGzAFfVdxiCHDCv_vG6fLvOEdCS1TaS3COLBTVp_iOWzB-98c

Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. -- Miercoles de Movimiento: Tai Chi en Espanol
Únete a nosotras todos los miércoles a una clase de Tai Chi que se centra en temas de salud como la salud cognitiva, el mejoramiento del sistema inmunológico, la liberación de emociones no deseadas, el equilibrio físico para la prevención de caídas y mucho más... https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol/videos/?ref=page_internal

Oct. 13, 5 p.m. – Literary Encounters: Presentation by Dr. Maria Perez
Join us for this webinar presented by Dr. Maria Perez, a retired Hispanic Studies professor from the University of Houston, exploring the work of the Nobel Literature prize recipients from Spain and Latin America. Hosted by the Institute of Hispanic Culture and AARP Houston, you can register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/events/virtual-aarp-tx-celebrating-hispanic-heritage-with-the-institute-of-hispanic-culture-aarp-houston-ho/event-summary-235db402331d4ca29782cba579820da6.aspx

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Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. -- Miercoles de Movimiento: Tai Chi en Espanol
Únete a nosotras todos los miércoles a una clase de Tai Chi que se centra en temas de salud como la salud cognitiva, el mejoramiento del sistema inmunológico, la liberación de emociones no deseadas, el equilibrio físico para la prevención de caídas y mucho más... https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol/videos/?ref=page_internal

Oct. 15, 6 p.m. – En Vivo Contigo: Final de la fiesta y baile virtual
To culminate this festive month, get up and get dancing with us at this virtual dance party finale! Featuring the Tejano tunes of DJ Demo, join us for this energetic evening at the AARP Texas en Espanol Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol/videos/?ref=page_internal

Oct. 17 – East End Street Fest
This annual festival celebrating Houston’s vibrant international business district has moved online, but it’s still packed with energy, excitement and fun for all ages. Join us for a day of streaming music and cultural performances, all enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Line up and viewing details coming soon: http://www.eastendstreetfest.com/


San Antonio.

The following events are organized in conjunction with partner organizations in San Antonio.

Mexican Folklorico dance classes where you’ll learn footwork techniques and combinations. Salsa classes that improve balance and mental alertness. A virtual festival featuring the talents of Tejano and Conjunto artists. All this and more make up AARP Texas’ free events for San Antonio as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15. 

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AARP Texas has partnered with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to celebrate this special month with a series of month-long online classes taught by experienced traditional dance and music instructors.  

Register below to access a series of on-demand instructional videos, plus weekly live group virtual classes. Space is limited and access will be granted on a first come, first serve basis – so don’t wait! 

Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. -- Intro to Flamenco 

Instructor Genevieve Obregon teaches this lively Tuesday class on the basics of Flamenco dance. You’ll learn the proper posture, palmas (percussive clapping), floreo and braceo (hand and arm work), marcaje (marking steps), turns and footwork. Ideal for anyone new to dance, you can register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/c7qsm2/  

This is a five-week series, tune in to one or to all. Weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. 


Sept. 16, 6 pm -- Intro to Folklorico 

Instructor Connie Espinoza teaches this Wednesday class on the basics of Mexican Folklorico Dance. You’ll practice footwork technique and combinations for this colorful, rhythmic dance. All experience levels welcome, you can register here: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/g7qs8j/ 

This is a five-week series, tune in to one or to all. Weekly on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 


Sept. 17, 5 p.m. -- Mariachi Vocals 

This Thursday class is led by instructor Gino Rivera, who will teach you vocal basics for mariachi singing. Join us for this engaging way to experience the beauty of this traditional sound and learn a new skill. Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/d/k7qs8w/  

This is a five-week series, tune in to one or to all. Weekly on Thursdays at 50 p.m. 


Sept. 17, 6 p.m. -- Salsa for Exercise 

Join us for a fun-filled salsa technique lesson, led by instructor Marlene Pita, geared toward getting us all up and moving. These Thursday lessons are a great way to improve balance and mental alertness. All experience levels welcome. Registration here:
https://aarp.cvent.com/events/virtual-aarp-san-antonio-hispanic-heritage-music-series-salsa-for-exercise-san-antonio-tx-9-17-10-15/event-summary-e20e6fc1cc584524981da1b93b1afd20.aspx


This is a five-week series, tune in to one or to all. Weekly on Thursdays at 6 p.m. 

 
Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m. – “Celebrando con AARP” concert 

This annual concert will feature entertainment from Tejano and Conjunto artists including David Farias, Shelly Lares, Los Texmaniacs and others. Alongside musical fun, we’ll discuss the age-friendly initiatives in San Antonio including housing, transportation, civic engagement and more. Join us as we livestream on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AARPTexas/videos  



Austin.

The following events are organized in conjunction with partner organizations in Austin.


Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. -- Día de Muertos Altar Making

Join AARP Texas for a workshop on the Zoom platform to learn from a volunteer in Austin about the Día de los Muertos tradition of the altar. We will discuss elements of an altar, the cultural significance of the displays, and how you can get started on creating your own memorial. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/q7qckj/

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