Activities planned at IVCC to mark Hispanic Heritage Month

IVCC’s Hispanic Leadership Team will host Hispanic Heritage Month. (Photo contributed)

OGLESBY – Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Illinois Valley Community College include a student showcase, immigration services, Latino-inspired cuisine and more.

The Sept. 15-Oct. 15 celebration opens with “IVCC Hispanic Student Showcase” at noon Friday, Sept. 16 in Room C316. Hispanic students will share their heritage and customs; food and drink will be served.

Jon Breslin of Via-Valley Immigrant Advocates in Ottawa will present “Immigration updates and services” at noon Monday, Sept. 19 in CTC124. The nonprofit agency offers low-cost immigration services to students and families. Food and drink will be served.

“Jalapeno’s Food Demonstration” is at noon Monday, Sept. 26 in CTC123. Guests will learn the basics of cooking traditional Mexican food.

“Make Your Own Pinata Workshop” is noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in CTC124-125. Participants will learn the origin of the pinata and make one from scratch. Food and drink will be served.

The month concludes with “Taste of the Illinois Valley” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 5 in CTC124. Guests will sample Latino-inspired cuisine and learn traditional dances.

For information, call Sara Escatel at (815) 224-0355. The celebration is hosted by IVCC’s Hispanic Leadership Team and sponsored by IVCC’s DEI Committee and Illinois Valley Hispanic Partnership Council.