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Capitol to host Hispanic Heritage Month party

The Oregon Capitol Foundation plans to host entertainment at the statehouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20.

PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Performers with Ballet Papalotl of PortlandThe Oregon State Capitol will host a party Oct. 20 to celebrate the conclusion of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event at 900 Court St. NE in Salem is free and open to the public. The four-hour celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Galleria followed by a musical performance by harpist Antonio Centurion. The last performance starts at 1:15 p.m. with guitarist Mario Diaz.

Other activities include crafts, exhibits, speakers and more and are sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

The Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana will present a poetry program at 11 a.m. in Hearing Room D. Afterwards, Chemeketa Community College will present the Seal of Biliteracy Project and training bilingual educators. Western Oregon University's Dr. J.M. Persanch will lead a discussion on the study of Spanish at 12:15 p.m. in Hearing Room D.

Also, at 11 a.m. Ballet Papalotl of Portland will perform in the Gallery.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Visit the Oregon Capitol website for a detailed program.