News Releases

April 16, 2010
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Día del Niño, Día del Libro and Peña Folklórica
Come to Clark College

Clark College celebrates Latino culture with three vibrant events for the college and community


VANCOUVER, Wash. – As part of its year-round emphasis on multicultural awareness, Clark College will welcome the community to three events that celebrate Latino culture.  The events, which will be held on April 30, May 5 and May 13, will all be held at Clark’s main campus. 

All events are free and open to the public.  Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at

Friday, April 30 -- Día del Niño/Día del Libro (Day of the Children/Day of the Book) Children's Fair

Gaiser Student Center    
5-8 p.m.

The Día del Niño & Día del Libro event celebrates children and reading.  Visitors will find a reading area where student volunteers will read bilingual books.  Youngsters will be able to make their own books, play “Simon Says,”  have their faces painted and even have their photo taken with Oswald, Clark’s popular penguin mascot. 

Hugo Nava, a traditional musician from Tlaxcala, Mexico, will perform and interact with children at the event.  Nava has performed for more than 20 years.   He cites his mother as the person who first taught him traditional Mexican music.  He learned more about traditional music by travelling throughout Latin America. For the past six years, he has worked with children ages 4-18 in both Mexico and the United States.  

Wednesday, May 5 -- Showing of the film “Papers” and a question-and-answer session with producer Rebecca Shine and other representatives

“Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status.  According to the producers of the film, “There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.”

The film will be presented three times during the day.  The first showings – from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:00-3:30 p.m. – will take place in the Penguin Student Lounge, located on the first floor of the Penguin Union Building. 

The third showing will take place from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Gaiser Student Center.

Additional information about the film is available at

Thursday, May 13 -- Peña Folklórica

Penguin Student Lounge   
6-7 p.m.

Peña Folklórica celebrates the arts of the Latino culture.  Guests can savor a cafe con leche and a slice of pan dulce as they enjoy musical performances, dance, artwork, and poetry readings from Clark College professor Carlos Castro.

For additional information, call 360-992-2053.