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September 19, 2005 // UPDATED 1:58 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Cultural celebration

Celebrate local Latino culture Saturday, Sept. 24 at Latino Fest 2005, noon-6 p.m. at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), 1501 Hennepin Ave. S.

Admission and parking in the MCTC ramp are free for the "family- focused event," featuring Latino art, music, and 100 Latino businesses and 30 nonprofit organizations, as well as campus tours and information about MCTC career programs. Kids' activities include crafts, games, music and a moonwalk, with interactive games and sports for teens and young adults and appearances by Minnesota sports figures. Attendees may register to win a free MCTC scholarship.

For more information, visit www.mctc.mnscu.edu or call 659-6282.

Disaster relief benefit

The music of Butch Thompson, Pop Wagner and many others will take part in a benefit concert to raise funds for Gulf Disaster Relief and the Peace Foundation of Minneapolis -- an organization created to reduce violence in Minneapolis communities --Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, near Loring Park, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $25 -- $15 for students and seniors -- and may be purchased at the door or through ticketworks.com (with no fees, according to a flyer) or by calling 651-209-6689 or toll free at 1-888-829-5454.

For more information, visit www.mapm.org.