October holds awards ceremonies, family-friendly fun
By La Prensa Staff
Even as Hispanic Heritage Month officially wraps up in
mid-October, there are still plenty of activities and awards
ceremonies on the Hispanic social calendar late in the month and
early in November. Most of the events are annual traditions on
the fall calendar:
is hosting its annual César Chávez Humanitarian Awards on
Wednesday, Oct.10, 2018, at 6 to 10 p.m., at Fat Fish
Blue and the Funny Bone comedy club, 6140 Levis Commons
Blvd., Perrysburg. The evening will include
presentations of the César Chávez
Humanitarian Award and the Amigo Award, followed by a comedy
show. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by
calling Adelante at 419.244.8440.
The recipient of this year’s César Chávez Humanitarian Award
will be Sue Cuevas, executive director of the Nueva
Esperanza Community Credit Union. The Amigo Award
will be given to the Lucas County D.A.R.T. Team, which
has responded to more than 4,000 drug overdose calls since its
inception three-and-a-half years ago.
The Spanish American Organization (SAO) will host its
annual Bienvenidos Amigos fundraiser buffet Sunday
afternoon, Oct. 14, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Latins United hall, 706
St. St. Clair St. The $20 per person ticket will feature a
Mexican dinner, D.J. music, silent auction, and raffles. Beer,
wine, and margaritas will be available for purchase. The event
raises funds for holiday baskets for needy families and Latino
Latino families are invited to take part in the fourth annual
Trunk or Treat event put on by Lucas County Children
Services on Saturday, Oct. 27, noon to 2 p.m., at the former
site of Libbey High School, 1250 Western Ave. The Believe
Center, Adelante, Inc., and the Sofia Quintero Art and
Cultural Center are among the Latino organizations taking
part in the community outreach event, which provides a safe
daytime trick-or-treating opportunity for children and their
families. Games, activities, and mascots also will take place at
the growing event, which is expected to draw 2,500 children.
Woodman Fraternal Financial will present the Home Town
Hero/Latino Award to Joe Balderas on October 29,
2018 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at El Camino Real restaurant, 2500
W. Sylvania Avenue. Joe Balderas is the garden and building
director at the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center. A lite
fair will be provided along with a cash bar.
RSVP John A. Escobar 419-261-5646
or Amy Walters’s 419-306-0906.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist José Antonio Vargas
will speak at the Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd.,
on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., as part of the Authors!
Authors! lecture series. The Emmy-nominated filmmaker has
become a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants.
Tickets are $25 and include a copy of his memoir published just
last month, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.
Vargas is founder and CEO of Define American, the
nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that
fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of
storytelling. In 2011, the New
York Times published a groundbreaking essay Vargas
wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as
an undocumented immigrant in an effort to advocate for the DREAM
Vargas was part of a Washington Post team of reporters
that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech
shootings online and in print. Vargas wrote, produced, and
directed the autobiographical firm Documented, broadcast
by CNN Films in 2014.
The Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC) will
host its 22nd annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of
the Dead) event on Saturday, Nov. 3, 6 to 10 p.m. The
evening will feature dinner, drinks, music, dancers, art, and
the annual display of altars to lost loved ones.
Dinner will feature the menu of new SQACC Chief JR Hernández.
There will be new works on display created by SQACC Art
Coordinator Lorenzo Flores. Tickets are $50 for
individuals and $90 per couple and can be reserved by calling
the center at 419.241.1655.
On October 27, 2018, the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission
[Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, a.k.a. OCHLA) is
hosting its annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan (DHO)
awards gala. The event is being held outside Columbus for the
first time this year. The event runs 6 to 10 p.m. at the Reaser
Grand Room in the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County
Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at