National Hispanic Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2004
Media Contact:  
Mike Stallings, Director, Parks and Recreation Department (650) 991-8006
Leslie Peay-Heckman, Coordinator, Cultural Arts Office
(650) 991-8190
  lpeayheckman @dalycity.org
DALY CITY CELEBRATES NATIONAL HISPANIC MONTH
Daly City – A day rich in culture, featuring ethnic music and dance, storytelling, art, games and food from the Latin Americas, will surely transform Marchbank Clubhouse this Saturday, October 9th, as Daly City joins the nation in celebrating the National Hispanic Heritage Month. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 10 South Parkview Drive (adjacent to Pacific Plaza), local performers and dance troupes will entertain attendees from the Bay Area. Several vendors, including Chevy’s Restaurant of South San Francisco and local restaurants, are preparing to delight Mexican food enthusiasts.

“Daly City takes great pride in honoring the Hispanic community, especially those who live and work in our City. The City Council joins cities nationwide in giving tribute to those who have instilled the values and traditions of all Latinos in the American experience. Daly City benefits from the diversity of our residents, and this Saturday, we celebrate and enjoy the contributions of our Latino neighbors,” remarked Mayor Sal Torres, Daly City’s first Latino elected official born to immigrant parents from Peru, who will open the day’s ceremonies.

Initiated by the U.S. Congress more than 20 years ago, the original Hispanic Heritage Week has grown and expanded to a month in 1989. More than 30 million Americans – about 1 in 8 people in the United States – are of Hispanic origin, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and are the fastest growing segment of the population in America. Hispanic Americans today are identified according to the region they, or their ancestors, came from including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, or the nations of Central or South America. Hispanics comprise about 14.1 percent of the San Francisco Bay Area population.

Marchbank Clubhouse’s indoor-outdoor venue is an ideal setting for this event. It is adjacent to Daly City’s Pacific Plaza, a popular destination with its 20-theater cinema, restaurants and ample parking. The festivity is open to the public, and its location is convenient for fun-seekers from the Bay Area. The facility is located within walking distance from BART’s John Daly Boulevard station, and close to Interstate 280.

For more information, contact the Daly City Parks and Recreation Department – Cultural Arts Office at (650) 991-8190.