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April 15, 2011
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
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Telephone: 360-992-2921



Celebrate Día del Niño, Día del Libro 
and Peña Folklórica at Clark College

Image for the 2011 Latino Celebration at Clark College   

On Friday, April 29, Clark College will celebrate 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 on Friday, April 29, as it hosts three events that celebrate Latino culture. 

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

Guest speaker Braulio Garcia and a showing of the film, 90 Miles

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Foster Auditorium

In 1980, Juan Carlos Zaldívar was a 13-year-old loyalist of the Cuban Revolution jeering in the streets at the thousands of "Marielitos" leaving the island by boat for the United States. Within weeks, he was a Marielito himself, headed with the rest of his family for a new life in Miami.

Now a U.S.-based filmmaker, Zaldívar recounts the strange twist of fate that took him across one of the world's most treacherous stretches of water in 90 Miles. 90 Miles was filmed over five years, as the filmmaker returned to Cuba in 1998 to visit his hometown of Holguín, and again in 1999 as a guest of the Havana Film Festival. Using news clips, family photos and home movies, the film creates a portrait of recent Cuban history, as dramatized by one family's aspirations and disappointments. Additional information about the film is available at

Guest speaker Braulio Garcia was born and raised in Havana, Cuba.  He came to the United States in 1995 as an adult. It was the third time in 10 years that he had attempted to flee his country on a small raft.  Garcia will describe the political realities of his life in Cuba.

Garcia is an educator who has taught at Portland Public Schools and Portland Community College.  He has more than 12 years of experience assisting diverse adult learners in developing technology and job search skills as well as specific experience with welfare-to-work and dislocated worker populations. 

Día del Niño/Día del Libro

Day of the Children/Day of the Book Children's Fair

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Gaiser Student Center

Día del Niño/Día del Libro celebrates children and reading.  In a special reading area, student volunteers will read bilingual books to children.  Each youngster will be able to make their own book, have their face painted, and get their picture taken with Oswald, Clark’s penguin mascot.  There will also be interactive entertainment such as dancing, singing and a craft demonstration.

Peña Folklórica

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Penguin Student Lounge

Guests will celebrate the arts of the Latino culture.  They will be able to savor a cafe con leche and a slice of pan dulce as they enjoy art displays, dancing demonstrations, and a poetry reading by Clark College sociology professor and poet Carlos Castro.