Music and More featuring dance class, fair

This Friday’s Music and More event is partnering with the Latino Service Providers Coalition of Rock County to present “Juntos Celebramos en el Riverfront.”

“It’s just not for Latinos, it’s for everyone,” said Rene Bue, president of the LSPC. Several events throughout the night will be presented in both Spanish and English.

“We are reaching out to the entire community,” said Nicki Meyer, executive director of Friends of RiverFront.

The evening will kick off with the Latino Community Fair at 4:30 p.m. Booths from service providers throughout Rock County will be set up in the Rotary Center parking lot. Health-related booths will be set up at the Jones Pavilion in Riverside Park.

In its 11th year, the focus of the fair is to strengthen the relationship between Latinos and service providers in Rock County.

Bue said Latinos make up around 17 percent of the population in Beloit.

“It’s huge,” she said. “Part of our mission as the coalition is to help Latinos become a part of the bigger community. This is a perfect opportunity.”

As usual, music will fill Riverside Park starting at 5 p.m. with an interactive, educational Aztec dance class taught by Sones de Mexico Ensemble. The internationally known 14-piece ensemble will perform its music from 7 to 9 p.m.

In between Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s performances, Stylez Unknown will take the stage. Bue said they are an interactive hip-hop group.

“They will invite people up to try it out,” she said. “They are very much wanting get to the youth and to give them a positive form of entertainment.”

For the younger kids, there will be face painting and balloon animals at the fair.

And the best part, Bue said, is that the entertainment is all free.

The regular Music and More vendors will be in attendance along with vendors with a Latino flavor, like Tacos Gonzalez and Elisia’s Mexican Ice.

Sponsors of Juntos Celebramos en el Riverfront are Stateline Community Foundation and United Healthcare.

Juntos Celebramos en el Riverfront is an alcohol-free event.

For more information about the LSPC, visit www.latinoservices.org.