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Howard County Group Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Event

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Columbia-based, nonprofit organization Conexiones of Howard County is holding its third annual countywide Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Friday evening at Long Reach High School.

Conexiones president Felícita Solá-Carter said that the event gives the organization an opportunity to showcase the county's rich Hispanic culture.

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"This is about celebrating our students," she added.

Among the performances slated: students from Deep Run Elementary School will perform a traditional Peruvian dance. Wilde Lake High School Spanish teacher Lety Jimenez and her daughter Wendy will perform a traditional Mexican dance. And students from Oakland Mills High School will perform a Columbian dance.

The event will also feature the percussion group Los Hijo 'e Plena. The group performs tunes from the pulsating music genre plena, which has roots in African and Spanish cultures.  Tickets are $25. Solá-Carter said proceeds will fund a Conexiones awards program recognizing student achievement

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