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Hispanic Heritage Month activities lead up to finale banquet

An exhibit depicting “The Journey of Hispanics in Western New York” will be a highlight of the Hispanic Heritage Month Finale Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in Marygold Manor, 770 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.

The exhibit, including a photo gallery and oral interviews, contains a draft timeline being put together as part of the Hispanic History Project sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York with state support.

The finale banquet, presented by Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo. caps a month of activities as part of the fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month, which recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States, celebrates Hispanic heritage and recognizes the culture and traditions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

At all the events, the Hispanic Heritage Council is collecting nonperishable food items for the Community Food Bank at Hispanos Unidos – long known as Hispanics United – and/or a new toy for the Pucho Social Club’s annual Three Kings celebration, which is held shortly after New Year’s.

For banquet ticket information, call Hispanos Unidos at 856-7110.

Hispanic Heritage Month events leading up to the finale banquet include:

• Amor and Heritage Traditional Dance Company, featuring Marce Zerrate, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Place.

• “The Journey of Hispanics in Western New York,” presented by Dr. Michael Frisch and Stephanie Bucalo, noon next Friday, Central Library, Ring of Knowledge, 1 Lafayette Square.

• Johnny Olivo Jr. con su Herencia de Plena, 7 p.m. next Friday, in a Hispanic Heritage Month main event celebration in Kleinhans Music Hall, 1 Symphony Circle.

• Hispanic Women’s League Scholarship Luncheon, 11 a.m. Oct. 5, Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave.

• Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day at the Buffalo Zoo featuring Perlas del Caribe, 1 p.m. Oct. 5.

Ongoing events include the free Hispanic Heritage Month film festival featuring “Chico & Rita” at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Market Arcade downtown; “Saving Private Perez” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and a Spanish version of “Dracula” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, both in the Niagara Branch Library, 281 Porter Ave.; and “Saving Private Perez” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and “Dracula” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10, both in the Central Library.