EAC event kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Mariachi Trio V, shown here during EAC's 2021 graducation commencement, will perform at the Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off event at EAC's Lee Little Theater Thursday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. - Contributed Photo/Eastern Arizona College

THATCHER — Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this week with a special event at Eastern Arizona College.

“We’ve got a trio coming in from Tucson, and we have the Spanish Choir from St. Rose of Lima (Catholic Church); we’re all going to be performing there,” said Lupe Munoz, secretary/treasurer for Eastern Arizona Hispanic Heritage Corporation. “Just as important, we’re going to have some speakers.”

The trio is Mariachi Trio V and speakers include Graham County Supervisor Paul David, Safford Mayor Jason Kouts and the featured speaker is former Thatcher Mayor Bob Rivera.

The event is free and takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Eastern Arizona College’s Lee Little Theater.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, area residents will have two opportunities to celebrate the area’s Hispanic heritage and help area youths further their education.

Mariachi Aguilas De Las Cruces, of Las Cruces, N.M., and a folklorico troupe from Tucson will perform in EAC’s Activity Center at 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $15 per person and will feature hors d’oeuvres.

Nadine and Joe Carrasco have been named the 2021 Hispanic Family of the Year by Eastern Arizona Hispanic Heritage Corporation, and the family will be honored at a scholarship fund-raiser dinner at EAC on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. – Contributed Photo/Eastern Arizona Hispanic Heritage Corporation

The performers return at 6 p.m. for a special dinner show that will include, speakers, raffles and a presentation of the Hispanic Family of the Year, the Joe and Nadine Carrasco family. Cost for the dinner event is $55 per person and all funds from both events go to scholarships for local youths to Eastern Arizona College.

To purchase seating at either event, call 928-965-9775 or 928-215-2118.