Yesterday, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined Mayor Tom Richards, City leaders and The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rochester announce the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with series of events that highlight Latino Culture. Mayor Thomas S. Richards and Rochester City Councilwoman Jacklyn Ortiz read a Proclamation during a ceremony at a City Hall. After the proclamation, students from Wilson Foundation revealed the 23 National flags of Latin America, which were unfurled from the mezzanine overlooking the City Hall Atrium, where they will remain during Hispanic Heritage Month. Also during this month of celebration, works of art depicting the contributions of Rochester’s Hispanic community will be on exhibit in the City Hall Link Gallery and Visitor’s Lobby. Rochester-area youth who submitted some of the works will be recognized at an award ceremony on Oct. 18 in the Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St. from 5 to 8 p.m.

There are numerous events hosted by the City’s Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee:

-Lunch and Learn: Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon to 1pm, City Hall Room 208A (registration required). RSVP to Janet Gomez at 428-7515 or by email at
-Honoring Our Abuelitos: Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 to 8:30 p.m., St. Michael’s, 869 N. Clinton Avenue. Collaborative efforts with the Hispanic Community Center and Ibero’s programs: Project HOPE and Centro de Oro. Recognition of a Latino senior, dancing, live music and food.
-3rd Annual Latino College Fair: Friday, Oct. 11, 10 to12:30 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. Rochester City School District (RCSD) Junior and High School students will have an opportunity to stop by a dozen local agencies and colleges in one place. Motivational guest speaker and Spanish appetizers. For additional information, contact Albert Algarin, Jr. at 441-2512 or by email at
-Dancing to Latino Rhythms: Tuesday, Oct. 15, noon to 1p.m., City Hall Council Chambers. Professional dance instructor from Borinquen Dance Company (registration required). RSVP to Janet Gomez at 428-7515 or by email at
-Latino Art Link/Documentary with Norma Holland: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall Atrium. Historical photographs of local Hispanic families and sites in the early 80’s on display, paintings and crafts from RCSD students, live 3-guitar acoustical music and light appetizers.
-Latino Youth Performing Arts Expo: Friday, Oct. 18, 5 to 8 p.m., Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus Street. Evening of dining and entertainment featuring talented local youth and cultural display represented by all City recreation centers.
-Latino Gala: Friday, Oct. 25, 6 – midnight, Harro East Ballroom, 155 N. Chestnut Street. Dinner, live music and entertainment. Tickets for this event are $30 per person and can be purchased at D’Mangu at 1475 E. Henrietta Rd., El Pilon at 1038 N. Clinton Ave., Henry’s Check Cashing at 1143 Joseph Ave. For more information contact Janet Gomez at 428-7515 or by email at