September 14, 2001


Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

102.9 K-Love FM's Line-Up Packs Punch This Year

San Diego's premier Spanish-Language radio stations, 102.9 K-Love (KLQV) and La Nueva 106.5 (KLNV) as well as their on-line counterpart,, present the 2001 Festival del Grito scheduled for Sunday September 16th at the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista.

This year the all-day festival, which brings together San Diego and Tijuana's Hispanic community for a day of fun and celebration, boasts a powerful line-up with some of the most popular Latin music artists including Jaci Velasquez, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Alvaro Torres, The Barrio Boyzz, Huey Dunbar, Los Solitarios and Innis.

102.9 K-Love (KLQV) Programming Director, Josue Villa, is enthusiastic about the caliber of talent that the station will be able to present:

"The buzz on the street is awesome. People are really excited to see top-notch artists. This year, we're bringing in Jaci Velasquez, who was just nominated for a Grammy. She's amazingly popular with our listeners."

"We've got a pretty good mix on state this year to please all kind of tastes. There's Alvaro Torres, who is best known for his romantic ballads, Huey Dunbar, who does really well with all the Salsa fans, and there's Los Tucanes de Tijuana, who are so well loved here," Villa said.


Children's Museum/Museo de los Niños Hosts Memorium for New York Tragedy

Due to the tragedy in New York, the Museum has cancelled the Fiesta Mexicana event scheduled for Saturday, September 15th, 2001. Mexican President, Vicente Fox, has issued a statement requesting that Independence Day celebrations in Mexico be suspended in mourning for the victims of this tragedy.

The Museum will instead invite families to the Museum on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to unite a express their wishes for hope and peace through art. Visitors will be able to participate in creating a Museum-wide mural, using paint on canvas, to express their feelings about the tragedy. In addition, they will be invited to write letters to children in New York, sending their words of consolation, hope and peace across the nation.

The Museum is located at 200 West Island Avenue in downtown San Diego. Admission is $6 for children and adults 3 years and older; Members and children under 3 are free. A senior citizen rate of $3.50 is offered to visitors 65 years and old. For more information, call (619) 233-8792.

Saturday's Fiestas Patrias Cancelled for Old Town San Diego

California State Parks and the California Arts Council announced the cancellation of the Fiestas Patrias celebration of Mexican Independence Day that had been scheduled for this Saturday in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

The decision was reached by State Parks Director Rusty Areias and California Arts Council Director Barry Hesse-nius. Their agencies were joint sponsors of the San Diego celebration, which is part of an "Arts in the Parks" series of events being held at state parks.

"Due to the terrible events on the East Coast, this week, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we felt it was inappropriate to go ahead with this celebration," said Areias.

In a statement earlier in the week, Mexico President Vicente Fox had asked that Mexican Independence Day celebrations be suspended as an expression of grief for the victims of Tuesday's attack on the United States.

Hessenius said, "The events on the East Coast were about destruction. The arts are about creation. We remain committed to our partnership with State Parks to provide future arts and cultural events for the people of California."

The Fiestas Patrias had been scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 15, in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. A number of performances were included on the program.

Cancellation of Upcoming L.A. Mexican Independence Day Ceremony

Los Angeles — KMEX-TV, Channel 34, and the City of Los Angeles along with the Consul General of Mexico in this city jointly decided yesterday to cancel the "El Grito" Ceremony and festivities scheduled for this Saturday, September 15th, in wake of Tuesday's tragic events.

At the recommendation of Mexican President Vicente Fox in a national address in Spanish early yesterday, he said that "as a sign of mourning, the Mexican government has instructed all of its diplomats and consular agencies to suspend [Mexican] Independence Day festivities on September 15 in that country (the United States).

KMEX-TV deeply regrets the cancellation of this important local event, produced and televised by the station since 1988 in conjunction with the City and the Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles. The station also sends its sympathy to all families affected by Tuesday's events.


Las "Fiestas Patrias" en Embarcadero Park Canceladas

A causa de los devastadores eventos ocurridos el Martes pasado y en respeto a las víctimas que han muerto en esta tragedia nacional, Univision San Diego KBNT-TV, la ciudad de San Diego y el Consulado de México han cancelado oficial-mente el "Festival de Fiestas Patrias", que se llevaría acabo el Sábado, Septiembre 15 del 2001, de 4:00 p.m. a 10:00 p.m., en el Embarcadero Park.

Enviamos nuestras condolencias a todos aquellos que perdieron seres queridos en New York, Washington y Pennsylvania. Nuestras oraciones están con ustedes.

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