Mandel Public Library of WPB Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with a variety of cultural events that include music, dance, art, architecture, cooking and much more.  The public is invited to participate in all of the FREE events and learn more about Hispanic traditions and customs from around the globe.  All events take place at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach located at 411 Clematis Street with convenient parking at the City Hall garage.  For more information, visit www.wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

 

Learn How to Cha-Cha

Tuesdays in September

6:00 – 6:45 PM

PreFunction Lobby, 3rd Floor

Learn how to  dance the Cuban-derived Cha-Cha with Grigol.  Bring your dancing shoes.  Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.

 

Kids Zumba Classes – Ages 7 to 11

Wednesdays in September and October

6:30 – 7:30 PM

KidSpace, 3rd Floor

Learn kid-friendly routines based on the original Colombian-inspired Zumba® choreography.  We break down the steps and add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into this fun class.  Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.

 

Argentine Tango Dance Lessons

Wednesdays in September

7:00 – 8:00 PM

PreFunction Lobby, 3rd Floor

Learn how to dance Argentine tango (stage dancing) with Eliseo.  Bring your dancing shoes. Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.

 

Colombian Music with Paula Zuleta

Wednesday, September 20

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join Colombian singer-songwriter and Latin Grammy nominee Paula Zuleta, along with folkloric dancers, for a night of Colombian folkloric, salsa and tropical music.  Sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Mandel Public Library.

 

Make a Piñata – Ages 3 – 12

Saturday, September 23

2:00 PM

Auditorium

Families can join us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and have fun making your very own piñata!   All materials included.  Sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.

 

Music for a Sunday Afternoon: Latin Beat

Sunday, September 24

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join us for a live Latin music performance.  Bring your dancing shoes because this band will make you want to get up and dance! Sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Mandel Public Library. 

 

Hispanics in Art: A Lecture with Joan Lipton

Monday, September 25

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join noted art historian Dr. Joan Lipton and Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through an exploration of the greatest Hispanic artists.

 

The Architecture of Havana with Architect Rick Gonzalez

Monday, September 25

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Learn about the beautiful architectural structures in Havana with prominent West Palm Beach-based and Cuban-American architect Rick Gonzalez.  Gonzalez will highlight the many architectural influences and styles in Havana’s churches, museums and mansions including Art Noneau, Gothic, Colonial and many others.

 

The Art of Colcha Embroidery

Tuesday, September 26

9:45 AM – Noon

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join local artist Amanda Linton and learn how to do Colcha embroidery, which has a rich Spanish colonial history.  Open to all skill levels.  Registration required.  Registration begins Monday September 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM.  Please call 561-868-7701 to register or for more information.

 

Paint Like Diego Rivera

Saturday, September 30

1:45 – 4:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Paint your own masterpiece to take home in the style of prominent Mexican artist Diego Rivera.  All supplies are included. Registration begins Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM.  Please call 561-868-7701 to register or for more information.

 

Bachata Lessons

Wednesdays in October

7:00 – 8:00 PM

PreFunction Lobby, 3rd Floor

Bring your dance shoes and bachata with Eliseo!  This genre of music from the Dominican Republic is sweeping the Latin American world.  Sponsored by a grant from the Quantum Foundation obtained by the WPB Library Foundation.

 

Demostración de Cocina Peruana (en Español)

Sunday, October 1

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

A demonstration and tasting of internationally known Peruvian stews – rice with chicken and potato a la Huancaína, with Peruvian chef Monica Pomareda.

Demostración y desgustación de potajes peruanos conocidos internacionalmente – arroz con pollo y la Papa a la Huancaína, con chef peruana Monica Pomareda.

 

Venezuelan Dance Performance

Sunday, October 1

3:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Enjoy award-winning folkloric dance group, Venezuela Danza Y Tambor, performing traditional dances from their Venezuelan roots.

 

Puerto Rican Heritage: Back Yard Culture – Cultura en el Batey

Sunday, October 8

1:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

A celebration of the music and dance found at back yard parties in Puerto Rico, presented by the Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Palm Beach County.

 

Learn Papel Picado Art

Tuesday, October 10

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

This colorful type of folk art is a classic used in decorating for Mexican fiestas.  Join local artist Amanda Linton as she teaches you how to create this beautiful and sometimes elaborate art using paper and your creativity! Open to all skill levels. Registration required. Registration required.  Registration begins Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10:00 AM. Please call 561-868-7701 to register or for more information.

 

México Mágico – Folkloric Dance Group

Saturday, October 14

2:00 PM

Auditorium, 3rd Floor

The local children’s Mexican folkloric dance troupe will perform favorite traditional dances from their Mexican heritage.

 

Learn Argentine Tango with George Grimsley

Sunday, October 15

2:00 – 3:00 PM

PreFunction Lobby, 3rd Floor

Learn the sultry dance of Argentine tango from WPB’s favorite tanguero.