College clubs host ‘Lotería’

College clubs host ‘Lotería’CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Three Cerro Coso Community College clubs are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a virtual “Lotería Game Night” Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.

“Lotería” is Spanish for “lottery,” a traditional game that resembles Bingo. The event is open to the public. Participants can register in advance via Zoom at www.cerrocoso.edu/event/celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-loteria-night.

“Lotería” is sponsored by the Latinos Unidos (United), International, and Rainbow Clubs of Cerro Coso join in commemorating the long-standing and remarkable contributions that Hispanics and Latinos Americans have made during “Hispanic Heritage Month” which which is observed between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 every year. The time frame represents the anniversary of independence in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence in late September.

Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by president Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and the length of it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period. It was enacted into law Aug. 17, 1988, on approval of Public Law 100-402.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, starting with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on the morning of Oct. 12, 1492.

The college Library has created an ebook resource on Hispanic and Latinx culture available at cerrocoso.libguides.com/blog. An information campaign via the College website, internal communications, and social media seek to educate others in a diverse and inclusive environment of the importance of the month long celebration.

Story First Published: 2020-10-02