Juntos Celebramos en el RiverfrontLatino Community Fair

Friends of RiverFrontFriday, August 19, 2011
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm- 11th Latino Community Fair
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – “Sones de Mexico” Concert

Riverside Park in Beloit at the Harry Moore Pavillion (map)

This year the Latino Service Providers Coalition (LSPC) of Rock County and the Friends of RiverFront of Beloit are sponsoring the 11th Latino Community Fair. Following the fair, there will be a concert. Music will be performed by the internationally recognized Chicago band, Sones de México Ensemble. Nicki Meyer, Executive Director of Friends Of RiverFront, says of the fair, “We are excited to bring a new and more diverse element to the RiverFront, and with support from Visit Beloit and a grant from The Stateline Community Foundation, we are delighted to sponsor the concert under our Music and More series.” The fair and concert are free and open to the public.
The fair will feature:

  • Free health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and mental health.
  • Dr. Carlos Aguero will speak about how to prevent childhood obesity.
  • There will also be a Hip Hop performance by Stylez Unknown.
  • Other activities will include free prize drawings and children’s activities.
  • Food will be available to purchase.

The Latino Community Fair is an event that focuses on strengthening the relationship between Latinos and service providers in Rock County. It also offers an opportunity for agencies and organizations to better serve the growing Latino community through outreach. There will be more than 30 booths where participating agencies will feature their programs in an effort to increase awareness of their services to both Latinos and non-Latinos.This collaborative community effort was organized with the help of the following agencies:

  • Rock County Health Department
  • UW-Extension
  • School District of Beloit
  • City of Beloit Fire Department
  • Hedberg Public Library
  • Welty Environmental Center
  • Healing Hearts Ministries
  • White House Equipment
  • First Weber Group
  • Five Seasons Maintenance
  • Rock/Walworth Head Start/EHS
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Beloit

and others.As they struggle to adjust to the new culture while working to support their families, many Latinos are unaware of the many agencies and resources that exist in Rock County. “It is our goal,” says René Bue, President of the LSPC, “to bring together service providers and Latinos in order to improve awareness. We also are hoping to bring together Latinos and non-Latinos in order to get to know each other better and to share this wonderful event. ” The mission of the LSPC is “To connect Latinos with information and services to better their quality of life and, to build their capacity to engage in the larger community.” “The Latino Community Fair is just one way we can carry out our mission,” says Bue. For more information, callCecilia Ramirez, LSPC Coordinator, at 608-313-8733René Bue at 608-201-8727Nicki Meyer at the Friends of RiverFront at 608-362-0964

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