Oregon Latinos plan festival

Hillsboro's Latino Cultural Festival coming March 29
The Hillsboro Argus March 20, 2009

The Latino Cultural Festival returns soon to downtown Hillsboro.

The Hillsboro Civic Center will host the fifth annual program 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Featured will be an afternoon of food, entertainment, sports and information and a special film presentation.

The festival is free and the entire community is welcome to join the fun and festivities.

The Latino Cultural Festival, presented by Providence Health & Services and M&M Swap Meet, celebrates the diverse heritage and traditions of the Hispanic community. Over the years the festival has become a key community event in Washington County and continues to grow with support from sponsors and volunteers. Dozens of local organizations and agencies participate by providing information, education and entertainment.

This year's festival will include a screening of "The Forgotten Eagles." The film, narrated by actor Edward James Olmos, recently debuted at the Smithsonian Institution. It honors the "Aztec Eagle" pilots of the Mexican Air Force, who flew with the U.S. Army Air Force in the liberation of the Philippines in World War II.

"We are honored to have this exceptional film as a new feature; it highlights the rich diversity and proud history of our community," said Jaime Miranda, business development coordinator for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. The two showings of this documentary, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., are sponsored by Grande Foods, in Cornelius.

A variety of entertainment acts, including folkloric and Aztec dancers, a mariachi band and a Brazilian martial arts group will perform throughout the afternoon. Soccer fans will enjoy the return of Hillsboro Futsal's street soccer tournament and exhibition, showcasing teams from throughout the Portland metro area.

The festival also features authentic Hispanic food vendors, informational booths and children's activities.

Attendance in 2008 topped 1,500 guests.

The annual Latino Cultural Festival is organized by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. Presenting sponsors are Providence Health & Services and M&M Swap Meet, and supporting sponsors include Best Buy, the City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Hyundai, Kaiser Permanente, PGE, Tuality Healthcare, US Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

For more information, phone Jaime Miranda at 503-726-2150 or e-mail jaimem@hillchamber.org.

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