PR #38 September 20, 2007
RVCC SETS EVENTS TO CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
The public is invited to join Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a host of activities, including dance and musical performances, and samplings of ethnic cuisine. All events will be held at the College?s North Branch Campus.
This year?s national theme is ?Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on American Society.? All events are free of charge unless noted otherwise. The following programs have been scheduled:
Opening Day Ceremony; Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre Presents ?A Taste of Spain,? Thursday, September 27, noon-1:30 p.m.: (RVCC Atrium/Amphitheater)
The Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and cultural enrichment of the general public. The program represents a ?taste? of a variety of world cultures?similar to the ? tapas ? or ?little bites? of Spain?s wonderful food. The group will perform and teach participants dances predominantly from Spain. However, dances from other Hispanic world cultures whose traditions interacted with Spain, such Cuba and Mexico, also will be included. Spain has four main dance forms: folkloric, Escuela Bolera, classical and Flamenco. For additional information about the group, visit www.alboradadance.org .
?Lunch & Learn,? Thursday, October 4, noon-1:30 p.m.: (Student Lounge, 1st floor, College Center)
Guest speaker Tony Cabral will discuss this year?s national theme, ?Hispanic Americans: Making a Positive Impact on American Society,? as it relates to economic development and the contributions that Hispanics have made to the community of Bound Brook. Cabral is owner of Cabral?s Caf? & Bookstore, located at 212 East Main Street in Bound Brook. Participants may bring their own lunch to eat during the program.
?Latin Flavors? Luncheon, Tuesday, October 9, noon-1:30 p.m. (Conference Center, Rooms B & C); $6 per person
The celebration will include a festive luncheon with foods and music representing various Hispanic cultures. The food will be donated by various local restaurants and stores, including Martino?s in Somerville, Canela?s Latin Grill & Caf? in Flemington, ShopRite in Branchburg, Imperial in Bound Brook, El Chaprarro in Raritan and Trackside in Bound Brook, as well as members of the RVCC community. The foods will represent many Latin countries, including Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Spain. Those attending also will be treated to authentic Spanish recipes to try at home.
Copacabana Night, Friday, October 19, 7-11 p.m. (Conference Center); $6 per person or two tickets for $10
Celebrate Copacabana style with a live performance by Ray Rodriguez & Swing Sabroso. The singers will perform their debut album, Baila Con Swing Sabroso. Since the group?s inception in 2001, Ray Rodriguez & Swing Sabroso has generated a growing number of loyal fans with a hot ?Salsa Dura? sound. The band?s distinctive style is the result of the unique and extensive musical backgrounds of its individual members. These artists performed and recorded with some of the most recognizable names in Latin music before joining together to form Swing Sabroso. For additional information about the group, visit www.swingsabroso.com .
For additional information or to purchase tickets for Hispanic Heritage Month programs, contact Alaysha Walker, 908-526-1200, ext. 8274 or 908-218-8873, or stop by the Student Activities Office, located on the 1st floor of the College Center, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.
The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .