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Cuban Independence Day celebrations are scheduled for this month.
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Cuban Independence Day celebrations are scheduled for this month.

Cuban Independence Day 

Union City will celebrate Cuban Independence Day on May 20. The day will kick off with a Cuban flag raising ceremony at International Park, at the intersection of 38th Street and Palisade Avenue, at noon. A Cuban cultural program will take place later in the evening at Jose Marti Freshman Academy, 1800 Summit Ave., at 7 p.m. Traditional Cuban food will be served, and admission is free.

Rally and Street festival coming to Union City 

Union City will serve as the host to a rally and street festival, free and open to the public, on Thursday, May 23. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., on a stretch of 32nd Street from Kennedy Boulevard to Bergenline Avenue.

Gov. Phil Murphy and several other political figures are expected to attend. The evening will feature a concert by Dominican superstar Toño Rosario, Bachata master Joe Veras, award-winning DJ and recording artist Alex Sensation, Cuban Fusion band Maxima Alerta, and the Alan Quinn Orchestra. There will also be activities for children and refreshments.

Mother’s day luncheon in Union City 

On May 11, Union City officials will hold a Mother’s Day luncheon at Colin Powell School. The festivities will begin at noon. Food and entertainment will be provided and admission is free. No children are allowed.

‘Visions’ exhibit at William V. Musto Cultural Center 

The grand opening for “Visions,” an art exhibit featuring works by Gustavo Rojas, will be Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Union City Museum in the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 15th St. Admission is free. Transportation will be provided from several locations. For more information, visit ucnj.com.

Hudson County celebrates Holi

Hoboken and Jersey City will be in partnership to host one of the country’s largest Holi festivals. The day-long event, on June 15, will promote peace, equality, and unity through cultural diversity. There will be color play, a color walk, live performances, cultural, educational, and interactive workshops, interactive art, food and drink vendors, a children’s area, a DJ, dancing, and more.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Jersey City with the Hudson River Fitness Color Walk. It will feature yoga, fitness, dance, and drumming. Health professionals and organizations will offer workshops, lectures, and fitness demonstrations. The walk will continue along the Hudson waterfront route to Pier A in Hoboken, where the Spring Festival of Colors will begin at noon.

Menendez and others advocate national Latino museum 

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) were joined by a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the National Museum of the American Latino Act to create a museum to educate current and future generations on the vast political, social, cultural, and economic contributions to American life by Latino Americans.

Similar legislation was also introduced in the House of Representatives.

“It’s hard to believe that in the year 2019, a museum devoted to Latino history does not already exist,” Menendez said. “From day one, Hispanics have shaped this nation in countless ways— as military leaders, as pioneers in business and the arts, as activists and elected officials— all of them committed to the American dream. Our legislation will establish a National Museum of the American Latino right where it belongs, here in our nation’s capital alongside the Native American Museum, the African American Museum, and the Smithsonian’s many other fine institutions.”