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City of Santa Monica Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

The City of Santa Monica, Hispanic Heritage Month. View their full blog, more information and event list here.

"The City of Santa Monica expands this celebration to all Latin Americans to honor the Latino/Latinx identity in the United States. In Santa Monica, approximately 16 percent of residents and over 30 percent of staff are of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. The Hispanic Heritage Month Staff Committee, with support from the City Council, aims to elevate, educate, and empower Latinx individuals not only during this month, but throughout the year. The Committee will do that by offering events that foster economic mobility, networking opportunities and economic recovery resources.

There will also be an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino/Latinx identity and independence,immigration and spirituality, Afro-Latino and healing, and lamujer(women) in business. To celebrate the diversity of all Hispanic, Latino/Latinx people, we will highlight the unique and intriguing national flowers of Latin American countries."

What: Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Programming - Virtual Intergroup dialogues hosted by UHRI and the Human Relations Council of Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council is hosting a series of 5 interactive, bilingual (Spanish and English) intergroup dialogues in partnership with Universal Human Rights Initiative ( These sessions are open to anyone who works, lives, and/or goes to school in Santa Monica. Please join us and connect with your fellow community members! These dialogues are known as “Intergroup” because they utilize everyone’s experiences o connect and build a stronger community together. This 5-part series will be held in English and Spanish and will provide time to connect with each other (on Zoom) and explore key issues that we face as a community. Every other Tuesday at 6:30-8:30 PM, starting Sept. 21: When:

  • Session 1: Exploring our Cultural Chest - Sept. 21, 2021. Bring an item, jewelry piece, or artifact to share that represents your cultural heritage and build connection around our intersecting identities.

  • Session 2: Me, Myself, Identities, and Privilege - Oct 5, 2021. Recognize and explore the multiple identities that impact us and our neighbors in various ways on a daily basis.

  • Session 3: Gender and Sexuality - Oct. 19, 2021. Explore our conceptions of gender and sexuality to deepen our understanding of our fluid identities, emotional connections and gender expressions, and how these connect to our communities.

  • Session 4: Our connections to power, privilege and oppression - Nov. 2, 2021. Explore bias at the intersection of gender and race, social class, and other identities and understand how these are connected systems that privilege some at the expense of others.

  • Session 5: Taking Action and Building Alliances - November 16, 2021. Explore the kinds of roles we play in any given situation, such as target, agent, bystander, and/or ally. Explore the challenges for each of these roles and what meaningful action and allyship can look like.

More info: Register here or email for more information

What: Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Programming

When: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time: TBD

Where: Virtually

Description: This 5-part series will provide time for participants to experience intergroup dialogue activities while connecting with each other and exploring key issues they and their communities face. This will include a focus on the experience of Afro-Latino and LGBTQ+ community members who often hold marginalized identities within the Hispanic community.  

More Info: What: Hispanic Heritage Month: Storytime & Mexican Bingo When: Thursday, October 7 Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Where: Register using link below Description: At this virtual event, author René Colato Laínez reads his book Playing Lotería/El juego de la lotería. After the reading, play lotería for a chance to win prizes. For ages 3 and up. Pick up lotería board at the Main Library, Montana Avenue Branch, or Pico Branch beginning Monday, September 27, while supplies last. More Info: Register in advance:

What: Drive-in movie “90404 Changing” and "Coco"

When: Sunday, October 10, 2021

Time: Gates open at 6:30PM

Where: Santa Monica Airport

Description: Brought to you by Rooftop Cinema Club and Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. We will also be featuring a Lowrider Car show and Baile Folklorico.

More Info:

What: Closing Celebration and Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony

When: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 3:30PM, speakers begin at 4:30PM

Where: Santa Monica City Hall

Description: Closing event with music, awards, dance, lowrider car show, and art. This event will also host a Job Fair and vaccination clinic. Don’t forget to submit your stamped loteria cards you received at the September 15 kickoff event for a drawing to win a Hispanic Heritage Month giveaway. Community members are encouraged to submit award nominations by Friday, September 24, 2021 for the October 15 awards ceremony. Click here to view the nomination form in English. Click here to view the nomination form in Spanish. What: Ongoing English as a Second Language Classes and Citizenship Classes When: Citizenship Classes: Mondays / 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. and English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes:

  • ESL Conversation, High / Mondays / 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • ESL Conversation, Low / Fridays / 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • ESL Conversation, High / Saturdays / 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Enrollment is through the SMMUSD Adult Education Center, located at 2510 Lincoln Blvd., Room 203, Santa Monica, 90405. More Information: Contact Olga Saucedo at (310) 664-6222, ext. 76203 or to enroll or go to Print and Play Hispanic Heritage Month Loteria! (Download) Visit the Latino-owned businesses and make a purchase to collect their stamp. Stamps can be filled in any order on your player board. Submit your stamped cards at the HHM closing event on October 15 to enter a drawing to win fun prizes! The more stamps collected, the more chances to win! Latino-Owned businesses in Santa Monica: Antequera Bakery, 1704 Ocean Park Blvd. Café Bolivar, 1741 Ocean Park Blvd. Campos Famous Burritos, 2008 Pico Blvd. Casa Martin, 1654 Ocean Ave. / 1251 3rd St Promenade Mercado / 1416 4th St. El Texate, 316 Pico Blvd. Gilbert’s El Indio, 2526 Pico Blvd. Julio’s Upholstery, 2915 Pico Blvd. La Condesa, 1519 Wilshire Blvd. La Monarca, 1300 Wilshire Blvd. La Purepecha Cocina Mexicana, 725 Broadway. Lares, 2909 Pico Blvd. Lincoln Barbers, 1511 Lincoln Blvd. Love at First Sit, Magical Atelier, 2802 Pico Blvd. #100 Master Delux Barbershop, 520 Wilshire Blvd. Ocean Hair Studio, 1740 Ocean Park Blvd. # B Pico Barbers, 2905 Pico Blvd. Rae’s, 2901 Pico Blvd. Samo’s Oaxaca, 1865 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 5 Santa Monica Music Center, 1901 Santa Monica Blvd. Tacos por Favor, 1408 Olympic Blvd. Tel’s Barber Shop, 2210 Pico Blvd. Wuitusu, 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 156 RESOURCES

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