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Latino Heritage Month in the Napa Valley

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Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month will fill the weeks from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 proclamations, public celebrations, art exhibits, children’s activities, storytelling, music, wine tasting and films.

These observances coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month, a long-standing civic and cultural tradition.

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson first recognized Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan expanded this to one month, and each successive United States president has continued this tradition, including, most recently, President Barack Obama, who has called upon the people of our country to observe this month with respect, ceremonies and activities.

The third annual Napa Valley celebration

A complete calendar of Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month events is available at and in Spanish at Bilingual, printed calendars will be available at public libraries and can also be downloaded from the the websites as well as the Napa Valley Latino Heritage Facebook page,

Featured events this year include Mexican Independence celebrations in Calistoga and Napa on Sept. 14 and in St. Helena on Sept. 16.

The Napa County Hispanic Network Annual Scholarship Banquet takes place on Sept. 19. Tickets are $90. For information, call 255-8666.

The Napa Valley Museum will host a series of events revolving around a Latino Heritage Month exhibition, “Inherit: Latino Artists in California” which will be on exhibit from Oct. 4 through Nov. 30.

The opening reception is on Oct. 3, from 6-7 p.m. for the general public. Admission is $5. This exhibition features Latino artists, many of whom live in the Napa Valley, whose artwork portrays Latino culture, history and influence on American culture.

During the exhibition, the museum will host three programs and two, free admission days the second Saturday of each month. A Mexican-American Vintners’ Wine Tasting takes place on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 2-5 p.m. On Oct. 11, 2-4 p.m. a family activity will make miniature ofrendas, altars for the Day of the Dead. “Èrase una vez: Bilingual Storytelling at Napa Valley Museum”, another free program, will be held on Oct. 15, from 3-4 p.m. More information is at

Additional free events events include:

  • Live, Andean music at St. Helena Public Library, Sept. 14, 4 p.m., free;
  • “Cantinflas,” film and wine tasting at Cameo Cinema, $5, 1340 Main St., St. Helena; details at 707-963-9779
  • Ruckatan Latin Tribe, Silos, 530 Main St., Napa, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.; $15, Silo’s, 530 Main St., Napa;
  • “Cesar Chavez”, at St. Helena Public Library, Sept. 21, 4 p.m., free;
  • “Mewted: A Bilingual Poetry Night” at the Bookmine and Slack Collective, 946 Pearl St., Napa, Sept. 25, workshop at 7 p.m. and open mic at 8:30 p.m.;
  • Fiesta de las Familias at Scientopia Discovery Center, 1785 Tanen St., Napa, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free;

Proclamations will be made by the cities of American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, St. Helena, and Yountville, the County of Napa, the Napa Valley Unified School District, and by state and federal legislators who represent Napa County and these will all be shared at the Napa County Hispanic Network Annual Scholarship Banquet.

“We extend an invitation to our neighbors to take advantage of these rich, cultural offerings” said Frances Ortiz-Chávez, co-oordinator of the Napa Valley Latino Heritage Committee. “It gives us a great sense of pride to be part of a community that has embraced the concept of building unity by coming together to acknowledge and celebrate the many talents and contributions Latinos bring to the Napa Valley and beyond.”

Questions about Latino Heritage Month and upcoming Día de Los Muertos celebrations can be directed to or 707-200-8345.

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