Hispanic Heritage Celebration set for Saturday in Lawrenceville

Hispanic Heritage Month began Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua - and an event this weekend in Lawrenceville is celebrating with a variety of activities for kids and adults.

The Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center parking lot at 630 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville. The event will include salsa lessons, folkloric dances, music, kids' activities and Latin American food.

Sharon Maloney, manager of Latino Outreach for Quality Care for Children, which is sponsoring the event in conjunction with Wal-Mart, said the Hispanic Heritage Celebration serves two purposes: to educate the public on the diverse Latin American cultures and to celebrate that diversity.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Maloney at 404-479-4236.

Other local events happening this weekend

New London Theatre will present "The Hobbit" in its final weekend run at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door. New London Theatre is at 2485 Main St. in Snellville. For more information, call 770-979-3691 or visit www.newlondontheatre.org.

Comic Sherri Sutton will perform in Aurora Theatre's Funny Fridays series at 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $15, and the show is recommended for adults only. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

The Randall Bramblett Band will close out the Moonlight and Music Concert Series on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Lawn from 8 to 10 p.m. today. The event is free. For more information, call 678-226-2639 or visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.

Gilliland's Heritage Alpacas will celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1641 Dee Kennedy Road, Hoschton. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 770-601-7376.

Radio Disney will present a "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" Pep Rally from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dacula Kids Village, 1152 Auburn Road, Dacula. For more information, call Kimberly Freeman at 404-872-8666.

Mall of Georgia's Sundown Cinema Series will present "Agent Cody Banks" at dusk Saturday at the Mall of Georgia Village Amphitheater, 3333 Buford Drive in Buford. The showing is free. For more information, call 678-482-8788.

The Gwinnett History Museum will present Coffee-Ceilidh, featuring live music from The Skillet Lickers at 8 p.m. Saturday at 455 S. Perry St. in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-822-5178 or e-mail gwinnetthistorymuseum@gwinnettcounty.com.

Beatrice Smith Samples will be signing and discussing her novel "Maggie McKinnon" from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Borders at 1705 Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford. For more information, call 678-482-0872.

SideBar: If You Go

What: Hispanic Heritage Celebration

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wal-Mart Shopping Center parking lot at 630 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville

Cost: Free

More information: Sharon Maloney at 404-479-4236