Singing, story telling and Zumba Fest! Hispanic Heritage month is going on now through Oct. 15 and all Loudoun residents are invited to join in the celebration.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for focusing on the traditions and experiences of America’s Hispanic population. La Voz of Loudoun, an organization that focuses on the local needs of the Hispanic community, wants to raise awareness and bring people together in celebration this month.
“The Loudoun County Public Library is sponsoring events and we are partnering with them in the hope that we can shed light on some of the positive contributions that Hispanics have made,” said Yvette Castro-Green, executive director of La Voz.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, come and hear Cantare play fiesta music and rhythms from Latin America at the Sterling Library (11 a.m.) and Ashburn Library (2 p.m.).
On October 12, meet author Lulu Delacre at the Rust Library in Leesburg at 4 p.m. and the Ashburn Library at 7 p.m. She will also be at the Sterling Library on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. Lulu Delacre has written and illustrated many books for children including the award-winning Arroz Con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America.
Get your groove on for a good cause and join the Zumba Fest at Lifetime Fitness in Sterling on Saturday, Oct. 15. Zumba is a growing national fitness regimen, which includes Latin rhythms and simple dance moves to create a unique workout program.
Zumba Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. You do not have to be a member at Lifetime to participate, however Zumba participants must be age 16 or older.
“This is our second annual Zumba-Fest and we are hoping to draw a larger crowd at Lifetime this year," Castro-Green said. "We hope people will come support La Voz, help lower income families, have fun and do a healthy activity. This event is about people coming together and believing in the cause. It is also a way to celebrate and connect with people who may have lived here for many years.“
There will be door prizes, delicious food catered by Black Tie Catering and great music. All proceeds go toward La Voz programs, which benefit immigrant families in need. (see La Voz website or visit http://www.charitycarecoalition.org/Zumba-Fest.html for more info.).