Montgomery County announces several local events to take place during Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 to October 15 – throughout the County and region. Events in Montgomery County: September 18, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Internationally-acclaimed Honduran Violinist Angelo Rios. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St). September 19, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Drumming Circle Celebrating the Latin American “cajón” led by Mauricio Orduz. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St). September 20 – October 16, “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés” (Andrés Salguero- Bilingual Program) and Bilingual Storytimes (Bilingual Programs for preschool ages) at various libraries throughout the county. Check website for exact hours and library branch locations. www.montgomerycountymd.gov/libraries September 20 – October 10, AFI Latin American Film Festival. Check website for featured films. http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2012/v9i4/latin12.aspx. * September 21, 12:30-2:00PM, “Latino Student Success at Community Colleges: Why It Matters,” Lecture by Deborah Santiago, co-founder of Excelencia in Education, Theater Arts Arena, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, MD 20850. September 24-26, 9:30AM-3:30PM, “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit” Latino Heritage, Museum Artifacts On Display at Montgomery College Campuses (Sept. 24 in Rockville: Theater Arts Arena, Sept. 25 in Germantown: Upper lobby of Globe Hall and HT 216, Sept. 26 in Takoma Park: ST Atrium). September 27, 7:00-10:00PM, Montgomery College’s World Arts Festival and The Gathering’s “Salsa Dance Party” with Latin band Sin Miedo, dance lessons & food, Theater Arts Arena, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville, MD 20850.* September 28, 6:00PM-10:00PM, First Annual Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Celebration Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910.* September 29, 9:30AM-1:00PM, “Latinas Ayudando a Latinas en Sus Negocios (Latinas Helping Latinas in Business)”, Montgomery College Silver Spring/Takoma Park Campus, Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center, 7625 Fenton St., Takoma Park, MD 20912. October 1, 6:00PM-7:15PM, The City of Gaithersburg’s “Hispanic Americans: Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today,” Reception and Proclamation, Gallery at Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. October 2, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Afro-Venezuelan carnival group Tambores de San Juan. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St). October 3, 8:00PM, “Ballet Folklórico de México,” Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852.* October 6, 11:00AM & 1:00PM, Coral Cantigas’ “Rhythm & Song: A Latin American Musical Journey,” 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. 11:00AM preshow introductory Afro-Puerto Rican dance workshop. October 6, 1:00PM-3:00PM, City of Rockville Hispanic Heritage Celebration, fun for the whole family with performances from Spain, Uruguay, Peru and more. Twinbrook Community Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20851. October 7, Noon-5:00PM, Montgomery County’s Latino Health Initiative “Ama Tu Vida/Love Your Life” Health Fair, Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton St). October 21, 12:00-5:00PM, World of Montgomery Festival featuring four country tents including El Salvador and the Pupusa Cook-off, Wheaton Triangle in front of 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton MD 20902. A few events in surrounding areas: September 13, October 7, 8:00PM, Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with Gala Hispanic Theater’s Performance of El Desdén con el Desdén/ Inspite of Love, Gala Hispanic Theater, 3333 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010.* September 15, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Hispanic Heritage Month Family Celebration: Central American Traditions, National Museum of American History, National Mall, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Visit www.smithsonianeducation.org/heritage_month for more Smithsonian events during Hispanic Heritage Month September 16, Noon-6:00PM, Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation Hispanic Festival, Lane Manor Park, 7601 West Park Dr. & University Blvd., Adelphi, MD 20783. September 23, 10:00AM-7:00PM, Guatemalan Independence Day Festival “Gran Día Chapin,” 1515 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville, MD 20783. * October 6, 6:00PM, Committee for Monsignor Romero’s Multicultural Night: Folkloric Dances from Latin America, Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20012. * *There is a fee associated with this event. For more Hispanic Heritage Month events in Montgomery County, call the Office of Community Partnerships at 240-777-2525.