September 15 - October 15 is officially Chican@ Latin@ Heritage Month.  Check out CSUMB's programs and events this year in honor of this special time!  

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September 16

Mariachi Night | 10p - Midnight | Chapman Science Center

Mariachi Night is held in celebration of Mexican Independence Day and will feature traditional live music, traditional foods, and dancing. It is a free campus-wide event.  Contact Brandi Lopez (brlopez@csumb.edu) for more info. 

September 18

El Grito | 9:00PM-1:00AM | University Center

El Grito is held in celebration of Mexican Independence Day and will feature a DJ, a live band, and dancing. It is a campus-wide event. $7 Pre-sale and $10 at the door. Otter ID or valid 18+ photo ID required. Contact Maritza Abonce (mabonce@csumb.edu) for more info.

October 8, October 15, & October 22

Lambdas Love Literacy | 4-6pm | In front of Library

As sisters of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. we pride ourselves on being supporters of all Literacy awareness with an emphasis towards the Latino community. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for a better education and will be tabling to raise awareness towards the overall issue of literacy young students face and accepting donations in order to help make a difference.  Contact Raquel Domingez (omegapresidents@gmail.com) for more info. 

October 10

Salsa Magic | 9pm-Midnight | BBC

Interactive Latin Dance Party with professional instructors and a DJ.  Contact Otter Student Union (svp@otterstudentunion.org) for more info.

October 17

Sugar Skull Workshop | 10a-3p | VPA, Bldg. 72

VPA invites everyone to come join us in a workshop that will teach you the process of making traditional Mexican Sugar Skulls in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos.  Contact Gail Salgado (gsalgado@csumb.edu) or Dionicio Mendoza (dimendoza@csumb.edu). 

October 18 - 19

Luis Valdez's Valley of the Heart | 8p (Saturday) & 2p (Sunday) | World Theater

"Valley of the Heart is a love story, rooted in historical events set in the fertile Santa Clara Valley near San José, California, known as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” in 1941, and is present day Silicon Valley. Opening in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor, it is the dramatic interaction of two families – the Yamaguchis and the Montaños . Coming out of the Great Depression, both immigrant families struggle to provide for the future of their American born children. The families’oldest children, Ben (Andres Ortiz) and Teruko (Melanie Mah), fall in love and emotional stakes are further heightened when the Japanese attack Hawaii on December 7, 1941 throwing both families into uncertainty. Issues of loyalty and patriotism provoke both rebellion and heroism among young, imprisoned Japanese Americans while both Thelma and Benjamin fight to maintain their dignity, identity, family, and love in the face of war, fear, and separation."

Written and directed by CSUMB founding faculty Luis Valdez. For more information, contact the Box Office at 831-582-4580.

October 19

Valley of the Heart Reception | 5:30-7:30p | Alumni and Visitor's Center

Please join us at California State University Monterey Bay Alumni & Visitor Center on Sunday, October 19th for a reception celebrating El Teatro Campesino's 50th Anniversary year with the playwright and cast.  Cost: $50 per person and includes performance, reception, and parking.  Reception seating is limited. For more information, contact the Box Office at 831-582-4580.

November 1

Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead 
"La Cultura Cura" | 5:00p @ Student Center, 6:00p @ VPA, Bldg. 70

Live music
Aztec dancers
Pan dulce
Hot chocolate
Face painting

Everyone is welcome to participate by creating their own altar or bringing a copy of a photograph of a love one that has passed away to be include in the main altar.  Contact Gail Salgado (gsalgado@csumb.edu) or Dionicio Mendoza (dimendoza@csumb.edu).