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Second Annual National Hispanic Heritage Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2005
Press Contact: Mike Stallings, Director, Parks and Recreation Department (650) 991-8006
Leslie Peay-Heckman, Coordinator, Cultural Arts Office (650) 991-8190
   
DALY CITY CELEBRATES 2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Daly City – Marchbank Clubhouse will surely be transformed this Saturday, October 8th by a day rich in culture, featuring ethnic music and dance, storytelling, facepainting, games and food from Latin America. Commencing with this event, Daly City joins the nation in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 10 South Parkview Drive (adjacent to Pacific Plaza), local performers and dance troupes will entertain attendees from across the Bay Area. Chevy’s Restaurant of South San Francisco is also preparing to delight Mexican food enthusiasts for a cost of only $1 per item.

“Daly City takes great pride in honoring the Hispanic community, especially those who live and work in our City. Daly City benefits from the diversity of our residents, and this Saturday, we celebrate the contributions of our Latino citizens,” remarked Mayor Carol L. Klatt.

Initiated by the U.S. Congress more than 20 years ago, the original Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded to one month in 1989. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 million Americans – about 1 in 8 – are of Hispanic origin, the fastest growing segment of our population. Hispanic Americans today are identified by 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 population of the San Francisco Bay Area.

“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,” remarked Councilmember Sal Torres, Daly City’s first Latino elected official born to immigrant parents from Peru, who will open the day’s ceremonies.

Marchbank Clubhouse’s indoor and 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 Daly City BART and is close to Interstate 280.
National Hispanic Heritage Month

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