Hispanic Heritage Celebration slated for September 16

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ The second annual “Monarchs and Milkweed for the Marshalltown Area” program was held Saturday afternoon at the Marshalltown Public Library and at Grimes Farm. Attendees got the chance to catch and tag monarch butterflies, as this family did. Pictured is Yvette Meyer, and her children, Ethan and Natalie.

Food, music, dance, cooking demonstrations, movies and more are just some of the highlights to be found at the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Celebration, slated for Saturday, Sept. 16 at the IVCCD Orpheum Theater.

“This is a collaborative effort with the Orpheum and the 4th of July Committee,” said Orpheum Theater Director Bob Untiedt. “Our mission is to provide cultural activities, and we want to always be involved in every part of the community.”

Luisa Ortega, who is on the 4th of July Committee, said the event will also serve as a fundraiser to pay off the remaining balance of this year’s fireworks.

“One-hundred percent of soda, water, candy and pupusa sales will go towards this,” she said.

The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. with a free screening of the classic 1945 Mexican film “Las Abandonadas” starring screen legend Dolores del Rio.

Starting at noon, food vendors will be in operation, until 8 p.m. From noon to 3 p.m., kids’ activities, crafts and inflatable bounce houses will be offered.

At 1:05 p.m., the folkloric children’s ballet group Ninos del Tepeyac will perform.

Hands-on cooking demonstrations will be held in the Orpheum’s Black Box Theater. From 2-3 p.m. pupusas will be made, and from 3-4 p.m. tamales will be made. The cost to attend each demonstration is $10, and requires a ticket. Participants will not leave hungry. Space is limited.

Tickets are being sold at the Marshalltown Public Library and the day of the event.

From 5-6 p.m., also in the Black Box Theater, will be a cultural presentation given by Dr. Richard Salas, who is a professor of sociology.

“It will be an informational panel discussion about a mix of topics,” Ortega said.

From 6-7 p.m. Las Guitarras de Mexico will perform. The musical quartet performs traditional rhythms and ballads. It is classified as the only authentic, traditional Mexican performance group in central Iowa.

The celebration will end with a free screening of the classic 1949 Mexican film “Pueblerina” at 7:30 p.m. It stars Columba Dominguez and Roberto Canedo.

For more information, contact Unteidt at: 641-844-5920.