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Office of Community Partnerships - Community Engagement Cluster 

September 2012
, Issue 53

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In This Issue

Tim Warner

Job Postings

Freeman Foundation Grants

Nonprofit Roundtable's FIRM

Nonprofit conference:
Everyone has a voice

Board of Elections is seeking school-age students

Board of Elections is seeking Spanish speaking individuals

Community Service Day

Businesses: promote your products and service

CASA de Maryland is seeking volunteers

Interfaith day of service

Ellen's Run

Free training - Cross Culture

Gilchrist Center programs

Fun for the Whole Family

Maps - growth

Private Non-Profit supplements


Refugee Training Program

Guide for Rec and Parks Programs

MC311 Customer Service Center

United Way reviewers


.National Immigrant Conference

Interpretation and Translation

Ballot questions

Workshop on Census Stats

African Heritage Month



Nonprofit confernce democratization (more)

"One-day one-stop" event (more)

Salvadoran American Day (more)


Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival
45th Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival
Monday, September 3rd
The Festival is from 9 am to 3 pm in the area behind the Kensington Safeway on Connecticut Avenue and Howard Avenue. 

The Parade begins at 10 am, Musical entertainment begins after the Parade.

Town of Kensington's website
Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
The ever-popular Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade returns to the streets of Olde Towne on Monday, September 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. Now in its 74th year, this rain or shine event includes ethnic dance groups, antique cars and fire trucks, clowns, high school marching bands, and an assortment of community groups, equestrian units, and more.
Silver Spring Jazz Festival
Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring

The ninth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, September 8 in downtown Silver Spring on Veterans Plaza... See more
County Honors WWII Veterans
September 19  
The County will salute those who served our nation 70 years ago and became part of what is called the greatest generation. All from our area who served during World War II are invited to attend and be honored at this special event. Check County Calendar for more information.
Safety & Health Challenges on the Job Faced
by Immigrant Workers
A Public Hearing
convened by the Montgomery County
Worker Safety & Health Commission
Friday, September 21,
9:30 am- 12:30 pm,
At Silver Spring Civic Building,
Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, Silver Spring.
Opening Remarks by
County Executive Isiah Leggett,
Councilmembers Valerie Ervin and George Leventhal.
Hear testimony by County immigrant workers and also by
authorities on occupational safety and health.
 Burtonsville Day
Burtonsville celebrates its day with a parade and events.
Saturday, September 22nd
International Food Festival
Annual International Food Festival & Bazaar
11:00-3:00 p.m. on September 22nd, 2012
Islamic Center of Maryland in Gaithersburg.

Sample food from around the world.  There will be vendors, henna, and many more activities.  The festival will include booths representing cultures throughout the Muslim world.  More information is here.
To sign up, please fill out this form.
Latinas Helping Latinas in Business 
Hispanic Heritage Month Event
Latinas Helping Latinas in Business
Saturday, September 29, 8:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Montgomery College Campus, Takoma Park


Workshop Topics:
A. Women-Owned Businesses (Overview)  B.  How to Start a New

C.  Marketing  

D.  Licensing & Professional Degrees  

E.  Minority Business Enterprise Certification
and Obtaining Government Contracts F.  Tax Credits  

G. Health & Other Insurance 

Maryland Farm to Table Day
September 30,
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
10240 Fingerboard Rd, Ijamsville, MD.
Local restaurants, farmers, others in the food business will display and pass out samples.  Farmers' market expected.
More information from Dawn Gordon, American National Properties, 301-874-8640
Butler's Orchard Pumpkin Festival
Butler's Orchard, Germantown

32nd Annual Pumpkin Festival - September 29 and 30 and every Saturday & Sunday in October and Columbus Day. 10am... See more
Then and Wow!
Glen Echo Park,
Glen Echo
Sunday, September 30,
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the park's past and present at this annual festival! Share your Glen Echo Park stories, see the historic trolley...
See more
Celebrate Habitat for Humanity
Celebrate the past, present and future of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Maryland with an evening of cocktails and local cuisine to benefit our Maple Hill project.
The Rooftop, Rockville Town Center
October 4, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tickets are $130 per person; to purchase online click here.  

Latino Health Fair 
Ama Tu Vida/
Love Your Life
Latino Health Fair

Sunday, October 7 12-5pm

Silver Spring Civic Plaza

For more information contact Johana Jones.

Montgomery Homeless Resource Day 
November 15, 2012
Event giving homeless individuals and families the opportunity to receive needed services

Read more. 

Tim Warner

Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


One thing I have learned about Josh Starr, our new Superintendent of Schools, is that the man has a good eye for talent. I learned it the hard way. He has recruited Tim Warner as the new Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer for MCPS. What a great choice!


At the Office of Community Partnerships, we are very happy for Tim. We are also very excited about strengthening the collaboration between the County government and Montgomery County Public Schools. The public benefits when these giant bureaucracies work well together. Dr. Starr's choice of Rev. Warner will promote that collaboration to the benefit of all.


Tim was attracted to County government service four years ago by the opportunity to serve County Executive Ike Leggett in building lines of cooperation with our diverse faith community. As has been the case with many County employees in this time of difficult budgets, Tim quickly assumed two other virtually full time jobs. In addition to serving as the County Executive's liaison to the faith community and establishing the County's first Faith Community Advisory Group, Tim has served as the Executive's liaison to the African American community. AND, as I have asked each liaison to step up and play a leadership role on a major policy issue, Tim has taken on the issue of poverty with a goal of building self-sufficiency by our neighbors in need. His most outstanding contribution has been his role in establishing our Neighborhood Opportunity Network, a new grassroots approach helping us to move from a charity model to one promoting self sufficiency. The network of government, nonprofit, and faith organizations works together to support people in need in a culturally competent, comprehensive way at the grassroots level.


We are grateful to Tim for his extraordinary contributions to making Montgomery County a more just place to live, work, raise children, and grow old with dignity, and we look forward to working with him and MCPS for an even better future for all of our residents.

Tim Warner
Tim Warner leading a 2011 ground breaking for a community garden in Gaithersburg.
Job Openings: Community Liaisons for African American and Faith Communities   

As you might imagine, it will take two people to fill Tim Warner's shoes. We will soon post two half-time jobs -- Community Liaison for African American Community and Community Liaison for Faith Community.      

FACES - Grant Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations  

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation is proud to announce the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Montgomery County, MD. Financial support is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program, which targets smaller organizations that are often overlooked by funders. 


Grant guidelines and applications can be found on www.carlfreemanfoundation.org. The grant cycle  opened on August 22nd, and applications are due by September 21st at 5 pm. The winners will be announced in December. A Meet-the-Funder Workshop will take place on September 5, 9-10am at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. This workshop will focus on the E-Grant system, which is used during the FACES grant application process. Those with questions about the application process may contact Trish Schechtman at 443-235-1231 or grantsmanager@freemanfoundation.org.     

Nonprofit Roundtable's
FIRM Institute

Registration is now open for Nonprofit Roundtable's FIRM Institute - a 2-day intensive leadership workshop on financial management for Executive Directors, Finance Staff and Board members. FIRM is offered at no cost to nonprofits serving residents of Montgomery County. Last year participants said, "FIRM is the best organization training I've ever attended," and "FIRM's high quality content is not available elsewhere - and is critical to our sustainability." Click here for more information and to register.  

Nonprofit Montgomery 2012 Annual Meeting
EVERYONE HAS A VOICE: The Challenge of Leading in an Open Source World


Friday, September 14 

>     8:30 a.m. Coffee and Networking 

>     9 - 10:30 a.m. Program 

JSSA-Fallsgrove Ina Kay Bldg

Register here.


Read more. 

Board of Elections Seeks Student Election Aides to Work for 2012 Presidential General Election

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking school-age students, grades 6-12, to serve as Election Day student aides during the 2012 Presidential General Election, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Students and their guardians must attend mandatory training to serve on Election Day and, if applicable, to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) credits.  Students are placed in neighboring precincts according to their home addresses. 

Interested parents/guardians can register their student(s) before October 1, 2012, online by visiting the Montgomery County Board of Elections' website. For additional information, e-mail future.vote@montgomerycountymd.gov.  

Election Judges with Spanish Speaking Fluency Needed
for the General Election

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking individuals with Spanish speaking fluency to serve as election judges at polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Please contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240-777-8532, download an election judge questionnaire from our website, or e-mail Dr. Gilberto Zelaya.   

Community Service Day, October 27, 2012

Celebrate Montgomery County's Community Service Day, October 27, 2012 by planning projects now for the week of October 22-28. We will be promoting the day to businesses, County government employees, civic associations, and more.  We want you to be ready to take advantage of individuals and groups from around the County who will be looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities during this week of service.  
Schools are back in session, and we will be promoting Community Service Day projects to students.  As students are able to receive Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for most Community Service Projects, this is a great opportunity for them to get hours and for you to reach out to youth and families in the community.


If you want help entering your project in the database or planning a project, contact Katie Sayago  or phone 240-777-2608.     

Exhibit at 50+Expo

Don't miss the opportunity to promote your products and services to thousands of local boomers and seniors who will be attending this year's 50+Expo events in Maryland and N.Va. Join more than 100 businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that will be exhibiting at these free events, which also feature expert speakers, health screenings, live entertainment and door prizes.
This year's 50+Expo, co-sponsored by Montgomery County Government, will be held on Sunday, October 14  from noon to 4 p.m. at White Flint Mall in N. Bethesda, Md. (A similar event takes place the prior week, on Sunday, October 7, at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, Va.)


To exhibit or sponsor, or for more information, call Alan Spiegel at 301-949-9766 or e-mail him.  

Call for Volunteers to Help Process Deferred Action Applications

CASA de Maryland is seeking committed, progressive professionals to assist us in preparing youth across Maryland to apply for relief from deportation as a result of the Obama Administration's June 15 announcement regarding Deferred Action.


We need volunteers to help prepare these applications with the guidance of our legal staff during on-going application clinics.
All volunteers will be required to attend a volunteer orientation/training prior to the clinic dates.  Application assistance clinics will be held weekly during weekday evenings and Saturdays at CASA's Multicultural Center located in Langley Park, MD and at our Baltimore Welcome Center.

If this sounds like something you want to be a part of please follow this link to more information and the volunteer sign-up form. 

The Interfaith Day to Serve
Recently, Governor Martin O'Malley officially declared September 29, 2012 an interfaith day of service, calling on all Marylanders to engage in community service projects. In Maryland, service activities will build on Governor O'Malley's strategic goals of eradicating childhood hunger by 2015, and restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay by 2025.

A website, DaytoServe.org, has been created as a centralized source for information on this event. The website identifies regional partners; allows constituents, community groups, and organizations to sign up to participate; and provides individuals with the opportunity to locate service projects in their community.
Ellen's Run
The annual Ellen's Run, October 7, a 5K run/3K walk at Meadowbrook Park, Chevy Chase, MD, is held in memory of Ellen Vala Schneider. Ellen was a long-time resident of Section V in Chevy Chase and a tireless volunteer in a wide range of community programs and causes. Ellen's Run benefits two charities: Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, on whose Board of Directors she served, and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Community Scholarship Fund, of which she was Chair. Since 2006, Ellen's Run has distributed $198,000 to these groups. To learn more and sign up to run or walk, go to www.EllensRunOnline.org.
Cross-Cultural and Linguistic Competency Workshop
Montgomery County Collaboration Council's Excel Beyond the Bell announces:
Cross-Cultural and Linguistic Competency Workshop

Learn how to build cross-cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) in your youth-serving organization to ensure fair and equitable outcomes for all youth.  Examine challenges and strengths within your organization to move toward CLC.  This training is specially designed for program managers and will also include opportunities for front-line staff to examine and increase their CLC knowledge and skills to better serve youth in their programs.

Friday, September 14, 2012,  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Get more information. 
The Salvadoran-American Day Festival in Wheaton Was a Huge Success!
Salvador American Day
County Executive Ike Leggett presenting a proclamation to COTSA President Jorge Granados
The Salvadoran-American Day Festival celebrated Montgomery County's and the Metro region's Salvadoran community on Sunday, August 5th in the Wheaton Triangle with thousands of attendees. Montgomery County, in partnership with the Salvadoran-American Transnational Communities, (COTSA-their acronym in Spanish) along with Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez organized the festival. 

Read more. 
Gilchrist Center
Fall 2012 Programs

The fall programming lineup of the Gilchrist Center is available on the website, http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/gilchrist.

Courses range from English as a Second Language (ESL) to Basic Computing. Please help us spread the word among your friends, colleagues, and family.

Fall Program Registration starts the week of September 10. Call for specific class registration information at 240-777-4940.
World of Montgomery Festival
Sunday, October 21, 2012

For "Fun for the Whole Family," be in downtown Wheaton on Sunday October 21 from noon to 5 p.m. for the World of Montgomery Festival. People have come to Montgomery County from every corner of the globe. Celebrate multicultural Montgomery and learn about the cultures our neighbors have brought here that so enrich our community.

Free Admission and plenty of free parking nearby
More information is available on the website.
Fun With Maps
(from 1,000 Friends of Maryland)

This summer and fall, local governments are hard at work, drafting maps that will implement the new Sustainable Growth legislation (SB 236).  But don't let them have all the fun!  


The Maryland Department of Planning has released a mapping tool that enables you to decide how and where your county or town should grow.  So pull up a chair and  start mapping your future today.  And make sure to share your work with your local decision makers.

Applications for Relief
for Montgomery County Nonprofits Affected by 2012 Derecho due September 1

Private Non-Profit Organizations that provide certain services are eligible for supplemental financial assistance for the following storm-related costs: debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure. Six jurisdictions are eligible to apply for assistance including Montgomery County.

Learn more in this document. To apply for assistance, complete and submit  two forms, first and second, by September 1, 2012 to Kelly Devilbiss, Public Assistance Officer, Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

2nd Annual Audacity of Hoops Tournament

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, the Silver Spring Civic Building, Pyramid Atlantic and IMPACT Silver Spring invite MCPS high school students to participate in a free 3 x 3 basketball tournament on Veterans Plaza, September 15, 12-6 pm  (On the street, next to Veterans Plaza)  Contact Jose Seguar (phone 240-777-6916).  

Refugee Center
The Montgomery County Refugee Training Program's (MCRTP) mission is to provide refugees and asylees residing in Prince George's and Montgomery counties culturally sensitive English language instruction and assessment in order to facilitate their successful integration and full participation in the community; to provide a supportive learning environment; and to promote the development of inter-cultural competence.  The Refugee Center is located at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

It offers a new program at Montgomery College, training people to become Certified Apartment Maintenance technicians. For more information,
Montgomery County's Fall Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs
Now Available

The fall issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available.   This issue of the Fall Guide offers a wide variety of sports leagues and classes and several opportunities for travel.  Among the many programs are aquatics, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programming.   


Print copies of the Guide are available at recreation centers, park facilities, government buildings, and libraries.  Residents who prefer receiving the Guide in the mail can pay an annual subscription fee of $5 and receive a full year of five issues (Summer, Fall, Winter, Summer Camps and Spring). To view the Guide online, or to sign up for a subscription, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.  

MC311 Customer Service Center Extends Hours of Operation

As of  August 13, Montgomery County's MC311 Customer Service Center (CSC) is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. (The CSC previously operated from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) An analysis conducted last April indicated a significant number of customers were attempting to reach 311 after 5 p.m. with between 135 and 175 calls between 5 and 7 p.m.


Shortly before MC311's launch in June 2010, a decision was made to operate 10 hours-a-day, five days-a-week until there was a better understanding of call volume and staffing needs. The self-service website, www.MC311.com, is available 24/7. The MC311 CSC remains open extra hours during weather emergencies or other significant incidents.

Since the CSC opened, call volume has averaged 40,000 calls per month.  The 311 web portal, which allows residents to find answers and check on the status of service requests, has consistently averaged 25,000 views per month.


For more information about MC311, call the Office of Public Information at 240-777-6507. To reach the call center, dial 311, or visit www.MC311.com.
United Way Needs Volunteer Reviewers

The United Way supports hundreds of nonprofit agencies helping thousands of Montgomery County residents with special programs to meet their health, education, and financial stability needs.  In addition to the direct contributions that many of you make to designated charities, there is another program of grants to charities under the community impact program.  Some 120 charities are applying for grants ranging from $7,500 to $25,000.  Last year $172,000 was distributed through this program.   


We now need volunteers to help read and evaluate these grant applications.  It will require participation in a 1 & 1/2 hour webinar in September and, during the month of October, reviewing about 20 grant applications involving about 6 hours of your time at home.  In addition, in November, there will be a 2 hour meeting to review your scoring of the grants.  Please send your name and contact information to

New Executive Director
Kathy Stevens says: I value your involvement in MCAEL. Please contact me- by phone, e-mail, or set a time to come by to visit with me.  My door is open to you and I'd love to hear what is on your mind.

Kathy Stevens, Executive Director
Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL)
12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
kstevens@mcael.org   (o) 301.881.1136
National Immigrant Integration Conference
NIIC 2012
New Americans
The National Partnership for New Americans is proud to present the 5th annual National Immigrant Integration Conference, hosted by CASA de Maryland:
Engaging and empowering communities

September 22-25, 2012
The Hilton Baltimore
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

At NIIC 2012, we are joining together to build an even stronger, more integrated American community - we're diversifying the vision of who can achieve the American Dream. For more information and to register, see the website.
Interpretation and Translation Best Practices

Down County Network Meeting on Interpretation and Translation Best Practices

Wednesday, September 12, 3-5PM

Wheaton Library 1st floor  

(11701 Georgia Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902)

Please note earlier start time and change in location.


The Down County Network meetings are opportunities to network with other service providers (public and private), share resources and best practices, and to keep each other informed about important issues in the community.


Come and be informed about the best practices on translation and interpretation that our partner agencies are using. We will feature a guest speaker and will hear from several organizations on their best practices.  

Ballot Initiatives
The 2012 General Election will include ballot questions for voters' consideration.  We are asked to closely examine the ballot initiatives and share the language with family and friends.
To read all of the ballot language,  click here.
Know Your Community, Know Your Businesses:
Accessing, Interpreting, and Visualizing Local Statistics from the Census Bureau

George Mason University School of Public Policy
(Arlington, VA)
September 25, 2012, 8:30 am- 4:00 pm

Learn how to access and interpret local data from the 2010 Census, American Community Survey, Economic Census, County Business Patterns and other Census programs. Discover ways this knowledge can help inform your organization's programming and planning.

This hands-on workshop is designed for local government planners, community organizers, small businesses, and others who need to understand
their community's changing demographic and economic conditions.

$45:     To register or for more information go to cra.gmu.edu or email lsturte2@gmu.edu.  
September is African Heritage Month
Friday, September 7, 2012, The Proclamation Ceremony is the opening event with County, State, Federal Government Officials, and members of the Diplomatic Corps. The event is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building; 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring MD. The event is FREE and free parking is available.


Gala Celebration: 2011 was recognized as the `International Year for People of African Descent' and the community will continue to honor leaders from various works of life for their contributions to the African Diaspora The gala admission is FREE, 9:00pm to 1:00am. FREE parking is also available.


Contact: Daniel Koroma, 240-777-2584,  

PANAFEST: Saturday,
September 22, 2012

This is an outdoor event to attract the vibrant and active community in the downtown Silver Spring-Ellsworth Street restaurant corridor. The festival will include live cultural performances by country representative groups, live performances by African artists, arts & craft exhibits, and a taste of exotic African cuisine.


Email: panafest@accdf.org

Visit:  www.panafestusa.org for more information

Believe it!
Achieve it!
MCAC Youth Program Open House
Guest Speaker:
Ms. Bronda Mills, Community Superintendent
Office of School Support and Improvement
Montgomery County Public Schools
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2012
12:00pm - 2:00pm
LOCATION: Mid County Community Recreation Center,
2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20906
WHO: Youth and parents of the following age groups:
Delta Academy- Girls ages 11 - 14
Delta G.E.M.S.- Young Ladies ages 14 - 18
E.M.B.O.D.I.- Young Men ages 14 - 18
For more information:
Website: http://www.mcacdst.org
Email: eddevelopment@mcacdst.org
Call: 240-491-0275 
SSLcompleteNonprofit Montgomery 2012 Annual Meeting (More) 

Technology is pushing the democratization of traditional domains, including education, health care, journalism and politics because almost anyone can have a voice and be an expert, a journalist or a documentarian.  Technology and social media are also pushing the democratization of community-based nonprofits.

  •   What does this mean for managing your organization's reputation?
  •   How do you make and manage decisions around organizational transparency?
  •   Who is rating your organization and on what basis?
  •   What is the impact of changes to the composition and accessibility of your Board of Directors?

Join fellow nonprofit leaders and stakeholders in a probing conversation with Allison Fine, co-author of the bestselling The Networked Nonprofit, and author of the award-winning Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age.  She is a Senior Fellow on the Democracy Team at Demos, a New York-based think tank. Allison blogs about the intersection of social media and social change at A. FineBlog. She also hosts a monthly podcast for The Chronicle of Philanthropy called "Social Good."

nacoMontgomery Homeless Resource Day (More)  

"One-day one-stop" event giving homeless individuals and families the opportunity to receive needed services (medical, financial, vocational, public benefits, etc.). Participate by providing services, resources, donations, and/or sponsorships. Facilities, equipment and event resources will be provided (tables, chairs, WiFi, private and public space to exhibit your services) Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Activity Center at Bohrer Park
506 South Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

If interested please contact Gloria Huggins


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 Salvadoran American Daysalvador (More)  
This marks the third anniversary of this event, which commemorates Salvadoran American Day in the United States. Governor O'Malley issued a state-wide Proclamation declaring August 5, 2012 as Salvadoran-American Heritage Day in Maryland. This free, family-oriented event featured an array of community services, including a Latino Health Fair where residents received free and confidential health screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, dental, HIV, and referrals to primary care clinics. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about various community services, such as Police and Volunteer Rescue opportunities, passport renewals through the Salvadoran consulate, and information about the upcoming elections from the Board of Elections -- just to name a few. As in the past, the festival hosted a variety of activities such as Salvadoran food, local craft vendors from El Salvador and other Latin American countries, and musical entertainment. Many local Latino bands played, covering ranges from cumbia, salsa, merengue, Rock in Spanish, to regeton, as well as a special appearance by KaRisma, which came all the way from El Salvador.  



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