Hispanic Heritage Month was originally a week-long observation that began in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson but was extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Regan and was enacted into law in 1988. The celebration promotes the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans — specifically, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The starting date of September 15 signifies the independence anniversary for Latin American countries El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The holiday extends through October 15 which covers Mexico‘s independence on September 16, Chile‘s independence on September 18, as well as Dia de la Raza which falls on October 12.

The annual celebration recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States. Musically, Jammin’ 105.7 acknowledges those Hispanic artists that contribute to the success of our radio station such as Santana, Selena, Jennifer Lopez, Baby Bash, Shakira, and Lighter Shade of Brown.

As we approach the final week of Hispanic Heritage Month, here are some local events taking place in Las Vegas you may be interested in.

Sunday, October 9:

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls – Kids ages 6 to 11 can learn about the “Day of the Dead” holiday and decorate their own sugar skull.The event is being held at the Sahara West Library from 3:00-4:00pm. Space is limited and tickets are required to enter the event. Tickets are free and are available at the Youth Services Desk 30 minutes prior to the program.

Thursday, October 13:

Experience the rich cultural history of Mexico through “Viva el Mariachi“. Presented in partnership with Clark County School District, enjoy an evening of popular mariachi music performed by mariachi musicians from local middle and high schools. The event is being held at the Clark County Library and is free and open to the public.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited in number. Click here for more information.

Friday, October 21:

Tales and Cocktails Book Club – Each month we will be picking a new title to discuss while we sip on a signature cocktail created just for the occasion. Bring your friends, or come ready to make some new ones, as we guide you through a variety of discussions all related to this month’s book, “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

A required  $15 donation gets you access to the event, 2 cocktails, a raffle ticket, and a special library-themed gift. All donations go right back to supporting your local library. This month’s cocktail is a traditional margarita.

The event is 6:30PM – 8:30PM at the Windmill Library. More details can be found here.

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