The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library will be joining the nation in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 — Oct. 15. This year's theme is "Si Se Puede!" The Library will celebrate the Hispanic contribution to the arts by having several commemorative events and invites the community to join us.

On Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. we will focus on the Hispanic contribution to film by showcasing a fabulous local movie, The Red Queen. This film was directed by UTPA Assoc. Professor David Carren and is a PG-13 rated action adventure film. The story line deals with a young girl searching for the truth behind her mother's death and just how far she'll go to find that truth. The cast and crew are natives of the valley and epitomize this year's SÃ- Se Puede—Yes We Can theme. After the movie we will have a "meet the director and cast" reception. So, bring a friend and enjoy a great movie.

On Sept .24, at 6 p.m., we will host an artist reception and exhibit featuring Artists Lilia DeAnda Cabrera and Adam Cantu. Also, showing will be a few pieces by Adam Cantu's inspiration and mentor, his grandfather, Mr. Juan Cantu. All three have different styles and work with different mediums, so come by and see how these talented artists visually exhibit their personal Hispanic Heritage through their artistic point of view.

Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., is the library's Open Mic Night. Every year the literary side of Hispanic Heritage Month is featured during Open Mic Night. This year's featured speaker will be Richard Sanchez, a local journalist whose articles include " El Diablo" and was recently featured in Texas Trophy Hunters Magazine. As usual, open mic nite is open to all poets, writers, and speakers. This year's theme is SÃ- Se Puede—Yes We Can.

Dancing has always been a huge part of the Hispanic culture. This year on Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., we will feature the Edinburg Parks and Recreation Folklorico Dance Team that competed and won the National Championship in Hawaii. Come enjoy them as they entertain you with their award winning dance.

Finally, on Oct. 15, 6 p.m. it's fiesta time and that means food! Come join several local eateries as they share their best salsa recipes and some of their popular delicacies. Enjoy the flavors of Edinburg and enjoy an evening of fun, music and of course some of the best salsa you have ever tasted.

All Hispanic Heritage events are free and open to the public so join us at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library located at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. (right across from the Echo Hotel).