Tuesday August 12, 2014

The third annual Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month will be observed September 15 – October 15, 2014 valley-wide with proclamations, public celebrations, art exhibits, children’s activities, storytelling, music, wine tasting, films, and more. These observances coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month, a long-standing civic and cultural tradition. Featured events this year include the popular, Mexican Independence Celebrations in Calistoga and Napa on September 14th and in St. Helena on September 16th, the Napa County Hispanic Network Annual Scholarship Banquet on September 19th and events revolving around a Latino Heritage Month exhibition at Napa Valley Museum. A complete calendar of Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month events is available at www.napavalleynow.com and at www.napavalleyhoy.com in Spanish. 

In 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson first recognized Hispanic Heritage Week, later expanded under President Reagan to one month, and each successive United States President has continued this tradition, including, most recently, President Barack Obama, who has called upon the people of our country to observe this month with appropriate respect, ceremonies, and activities.

“Inherit: Latino Artists in California” will be on exhibit from October 4th through November 30th, 2014 at Napa Valley Museum, with its Opening Reception on October 3rd (5-6pm for members, 6-7pm for the general public – tickets $5.) This exhibition features Latino artists, many of whom live in the Napa Valley, whose artwork portrays Latino culture, history and influence on American culture. During the exhibition, the museum will host three programs and two, free admission days the second Saturday of each month. A Mexican-American Vintners’ Wine Tasting (cost is $20) will be held Saturday, October 4th from 2:00 – 5:00pm, a free “Family Fun Day, the Making of Miniature Ofrendas” will be held on October 11th from 2-4pm and “Èrase una vez: Bilingual Storytelling at Napa Valley Museum”, another free program, will be held on October 15th, from 3-4pm.

Additional, free events Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month events include live, Andean music at St. Helena Public Library, "Mewted: A Bilingual Poetry Night" at the Bookmine and Slack Collective in downtown Napa, Fiesta de las Familias at Scientopia Discovery Center, a, Health and Wellness Fair, and Latino art and collections on display during September and October at St. Helena Public Library. “Cesar Chavez”, will also screen at St. Helena Public Library and Napa Main Library. Events for a small fee include: Ruckatan Latin Tribe at Silos, a screening of “Cantinflas,”a newly released film, and a Napa County Hispanic Chamber mixer.

Proclamations of Latino Heritage Month will be made by the cities of American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, St. Helena, and Yountville, the County of Napa, the Napa Valley Unified School District, and by state and federal legislators who represent Napa County and these will all be shared at the Napa County Hispanic Network Annual Scholarship Banquet.

Questions about Latino Heritage Month and/or upcoming Día de Los Muertos celebrations can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707/287-7570.