Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hispanic heritage events throughout Tampa Bay!

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 - October 15 and celebrates the culture, contributions and histories of our friends and neighbors whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

There are a number of events coming up in celebration of the month. Below is a listing of several events planned throughout Tampa Bay.

"Gitano" (Gypsy)

Elio Lopez art on display - Sept. 1 - 30

The Kotler Art Gallery, at the John F. Germany Library, has Spanish-American, Elio Lopez's artwork on display throughout the month of September, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The event is free to the public.

Examples of Elio Lopez's work can be found at his website -

MOSI $10 Admission - Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Head on over to MOSI throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, for $10 general admission! Some restrictions apply. Visit for details.

27th Annual Hispanic Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner - Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

Hosted by the Sheriff's Hispanic Advisory Council, this annual dinner recognizes personnel of the Sherrif's Office for their outstanding service and also awards scholarships to deserving students. The event costs $40.00, and includes dinner and entertainment.

Our Hispanic Heritage Bookmark Contest

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with three annual contests.
  • Kindergarten - 5th grade students may enter the Our Hispanic Heritage Bookmark Contest
  • 6th - 12th grade students may enter the Our Hispanic Heritage Poster Contest
  • Adults (age 18 and older) may enter the Our Hispanic Heritage Poetry Contest.
These contests are open through Sept. 30. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Town 'N Country Regional Library on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

For contest rules and entry forms, visit Entries must be turned in no later than Sept. 30.

La Ley 760AM Live Remote at Marion Transit Center - Sept. 30, 5 p.m.

Join HART and La Ley 760AM at Marion Transit Center (MTC), this Friday, Sept. 30 from 5-6 p.m.  La Ley will host another live radio remote from MTC, and once again they are bringing great food and music! Thanks to everyone who participated in the previous remote to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on September 16.

Experience the Flavor of Ybor!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a historic tour through Ybor City with the TECO Line Streetcar! Visit the Ybor City Museum State Park at the Centennial Station, show your Streetcar Savings Pass (your TECO Line Streetcar fare card) and receive 50% off admission and 10% off in the gift shop. The museum features the history of Ybor City, including: the cigar industry, social clubs and the Spanish immigration experience. The park also features a Mediterranean-style garden and a re-creation of a Ybor City cigar worker's house. Ybor City walking tours are also provided from the museum. Explore the flavor of Ybor City's past!

When you've worked up a hunger from all that walking, take the TECO Line Streetcar over to Channelside and enjoy traditional Spanish tapas from Tinatapa's. Just like before, enjoy a discount with your TECO Line Streetcar farecard - 20% off your bill!
Plan on attending any of the above events?

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