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  • Conexiones Picnic-Family Memorial Weekend Meet Up
    Conexiones Picnic-Family Memorial Weekend Meet Up
    Sun, May 26
    Cantiague Park
    May 26, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Cantiague Park, 480 W John St, Hicksville, NY 11801, USA
    May 26, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Cantiague Park, 480 W John St, Hicksville, NY 11801, USA
    Meet and greet picnic for families for a day of connecting, culture, family, fun, and Memorial Day remembrance.
  • Family Parade Marching Event
    Family Parade Marching Event
    Sun, Jun 02
    Brentwood 5 TH Avenue
    Jun 02, 2024, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Brentwood 5 TH Avenue, TBD, Brentwood, NY 11717, USA
    Jun 02, 2024, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Brentwood 5 TH Avenue, TBD, Brentwood, NY 11717, USA
    Sign up to join us and march with your family to celebrate culture at Long Island's largest Puerto Rican-Hispanic Day Parade. Celebrate your culture, show off your pride, and bring the family! Marching Location TBD
  • Bochinche Brunch
    Bochinche Brunch
    Sun, Jun 23
    Lucharitos- Center Moriches
    Jun 23, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Lucharitos- Center Moriches, 177 Main St, Center Moriches, NY 11934, USA
    Jun 23, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Lucharitos- Center Moriches, 177 Main St, Center Moriches, NY 11934, USA
    A facilitated discussion on our Latinidad, and the challenges and successes of raising our children in suburbia. The good/healthy "chisme".
  • Sofrito Sunday
    Sofrito Sunday
    Sun, Apr 28
    Valley Stream
    Apr 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Valley Stream, 1161 Rottkamp St, Valley Stream, NY 11580, USA
    Apr 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Valley Stream, 1161 Rottkamp St, Valley Stream, NY 11580, USA
    A facilitated discussion about our identities, culture, food & nurturing that in our children.
  • Empowering Latino Families:  Cultural impact on parenting children with different abilities: Empoderando a las familias
    Empowering Latino Families:  Cultural impact on parenting children with different abilities: Empoderando a las familias
    Wed, Apr 24
    The Winston
    Apr 24, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    The Winston, 249 W Main St, Sayville, NY 11782, USA
    Apr 24, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    The Winston, 249 W Main St, Sayville, NY 11782, USA
    Hear from moms and professionals about successes and challenges faced in the Latino community in parenting children with different abilities. Escuche a mamás y profesionales sobre los éxitos y desafíos que enfrenta la comunidad latina en la crianza de niños con diferentes capacidades.
  • Empowering Latino Families  Cultural impact on parenting children with different abilities
    Empowering Latino Families  Cultural impact on parenting children with different abilities
    Thu, Apr 18
    LIU, Winnick student Ctr. Share Bite
    Apr 18, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    LIU, Winnick student Ctr. Share Bite, Shark Bite, 720 Northern Blvd #154, Greenvale, NY 11548, USA
    Apr 18, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    LIU, Winnick student Ctr. Share Bite, Shark Bite, 720 Northern Blvd #154, Greenvale, NY 11548, USA
    Hear from moms and professionals about successes and challenges faced in the Latino community in parenting children with different abilities. Escuche a mamás y profesionales sobre los éxitos y desafíos que enfrenta la comunidad latina en la crianza de niños con habilidades diferentes.
  • Carnaval En Familia Gala
    Carnaval En Familia Gala
    Thu, Feb 29
    Flowerfields
    Feb 29, 2024, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Flowerfields , 199 Mills Pond Rd, St James, NY 11780, USA
    Feb 29, 2024, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
    Flowerfields , 199 Mills Pond Rd, St James, NY 11780, USA
    Celebrating 10 Years of Connection, Culture, and Community
  • Cena Con Los Reyes
    Cena Con Los Reyes
    Sat, Jan 06
    CSEA Region One Office
    Jan 06, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    CSEA Region One Office, 3 Garet Pl, Commack, NY 11725, USA
    Jan 06, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    CSEA Region One Office, 3 Garet Pl, Commack, NY 11725, USA
    Enjoy a pot-luck-style cultural celebration and share the Three Kings Day, Día De Los Tres Reyes Magos tradition with your children and family.
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Parranda Navideña...with a Twist

Thank you to all our sponsors, including OPTIMUM, DH2 CHAUFFER & LIMOUSINE SERVICE, STATEFARM, ISLAND EMPANDAD, & and LI HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION.

The residents at the Island Assisted Living Center enjoyed our visit. The Youth of NYS Latina Mentoring Program of Uniondale is one of our teen-friendly gift card collection recipients.

Enjoy pictures here from our additional supporter RoMaRo Photography.

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Noche de Velitas: A Colombian Celebration Lights Up Long Island

Every December 7th, the vibrant Colombian tradition of Noche de Velitas comes to life as families and friends gather, illuminating their homes and businesses with candles, symbolizing wishes of hope and love for the holiday season.

Luisa Roman, a proud member of Latina Moms Connect (LMC) and head of the LMC Velitas planning committee shared that bringing this cherished childhood memory to her Long Island community was a dream come true. As a Long Island resident, Luisa believes sharing a piece of her homeland is a gift, emphasizing the importance of celebrating diverse traditions and cultures within the community.

The evening was a true coming together of community members. Generous sponsors contributed to a delightful array of Colombian delicacies, including empanadas, buñuelos, natilla, and hot chocolate. DJ John G from Long Island's station, La Fiesta, kept the celebration alive with memorable hits throughout the night. Raffle prizes, all donated by sponsors, were a big hit with attendees. All funds raised will help ensure more cultural events and activities by LMC.

The festivities kicked off with a spirited performance by Ana Valentina Ortiz Jiménez, and Reina Juvenil of the Carnaval of Barranquilla NY. The crowd was then transported to Colombia as the room filled with the sounds of live instruments, courtesy of the 2023 Reina of Carnaval, Stephanie Sandoval y el Grupo de Millo, captivating everyone present. The night culminated with attendees gathering outdoors for the lighting of luminaries, marking the official start of the holiday season.

For Sophia Sanchez, attending Velitas with her mom made her feel closer to her heritage. Sophia, whose grandfather was born in Colombia, expressed that participating in Velitas was a first for her and she eagerly looked forward to sharing her experience with her grandfather.

The well-attended event drew notable figures such as Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Shaffer, the first Latina member of Patchogue Village Board, Lizbeth Carillo, as well as NY State Assemblymember Kimberly Jean Pierre, and Suffolk County Legislator Jason Richberg.

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