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Hispanic Heritage Month was initially recognized as a celebration of five Latin American countries’ independence. It has since been established as a month-long celebration that impacts the diversity of the Hispanic culture. The cultural heritage is saluted with a vast amount of celebrations which include events that exhibit, food, dance, art and historical facts about the Hispanic culture. Join Sacramento in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the venues listed below.

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<span style=”font-size:medium;”><strong>Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce</strong> </span>
1491 River Park Drive, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 486-7700
<a href=”http://www.sachcc.org/events/signature-events/”>www.sachcc.org</a&gt;

The Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works diligently to promote positive relationships in the Sacramento area between Latino businesses and the communities. Hispanic Heritage Month at the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a primary benefit that impacts the many cultures in and around the Sacramento area, while sharing diversities about the Hispanic culture. Come and enjoy live music, dance performances and good food and learn about Hispanic Heritage Month. The chamber promotes diverse cultural experiences between all cultures and encourages positive economic growth.  <strong> </strong>

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<span style=”font-size:medium;”><strong>Sacramento Public Library</strong> </span>
828 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 264-2920
<a href=”http://www.saclibrary.org/About-Us/News/2013/July/Family-Sundays-at-Central-Library/”>www.saclibrary.org</a&gt;

Sacramento Public Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by presenting “Cascada de Flores,” a musical ensemble, Hispanic “folkloric music and dance” and the traditional sounds of Mexican music. You will enjoy the mixture of Mexican and Cuban traditional music while learning the historical facts about Hispanic culture that is beyond a whimsical event. The library’s website is the perfect place to check out the various highlighted events, exhibits, videos and much more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

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El Novillero Restaurant
4216 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 456-4287
<a href=”http://www.mccnc.org/index.html”>www.elnov.com</a&gt;

Hispanic heritage celebrations must include authentic Mexican food. El Novillero Restaurant has been in the Sacramento area for many years, and is one of the finest eateries in town. This family-owned business is open for family gatherings and parties for all cultures to enjoy and celebrate. Click on the website, visit the menu and see the wide selection of food offered.

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<span style=”font-size:medium;”><strong>Mexican Cultural Center</strong> </span>
P.O. Box 161899
Sacramento, CA 995816
(916) 446-3691
<a href=”http://www.mccnc.org/index.html”>www.mccnc.org</a&gt;

The Mexican Cultural Center is on a mission to educate the Sacramento communities about the Hispanic cultural lineage. This center focuses on a path that offers insight about the Mexican culture through music, galas and exhibits that emphasize artwork of popular Mexican artists. Its events include traditional and modern musical concerts. But it doesn’t stop there; you can volunteer or become an Amigo member, fostering an innovative approach toward an Hispanic legacy. Get involved with community programs which provide educational experiences for children and adults and offer scholarships that help students pursue a high education.

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<span style=”font-size:medium;”><strong>Mexican Heritage Center</strong> </span>
111 S. Sutter St.
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 932-0511
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If you love the hype of cultural fun, events and pleasure, then Mexican Heritage Center is the place to go. Located just about 30-40 minutes outside of Sacramento, it will be worth the drive. The Center will offer a gallery of fun, music, dance and art while exhibiting traditional Mexican styles. Traditional jewelry, pottery and much more will be available for purchase, all while you learn about the Mexican culture. You are sure to celebrate Mexican heritage with a bang during your visit.

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Stephanie Reed, a freelance writer in the Sacramento area, covers family and parenting issues for Examiner.com. She works and volunteers for local agencies and organizations promoting healthy family living. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.