Latino Festival in Odell on Mother’s Day offers chance to celebrate diversity

Struggling to thank your mother in a new way? Take her to the Hood River Latino Festival on Sunday.

A new education and activism group focused on issues of concern to Latino residents is taking its first step into the spotlight with the Hood River Latino Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday (Mother’s Day, May 14) at the Hood River County Fairgrounds in Odell.

Admission to the venue is free, but food and other items will be for sale from individual vendors.

Martha Verduzco, organizer of the network, says the Festival will feature at least four different food booths — Pepe’s Tacos Mexican food truck from Carson, La Michoacana restaurant from Odell, Tropicana Fruta from Hood River, and Jim’s Market from Parkdale.

Other booths will include Cascade Acupuncture, Columbia Gorge Community College and the Latino network.

Verduzco says the Network formed after the Day Without an Immigrant March earlier this year. It hopes to become a resource for information about immigration for residents seeking legal status.

She said the group is first trying to reintroduce driver’s license legislation similar to Ballot Measure 88, defeated in 2014.

Verduzco said Jim Crary, Democratic candidate for Oregon House Dist. 2 seat, will attend and speak at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Among local candidates planning to attend, Verduzco said Nan Noteboom will talk about her candidacy for the Parks & Recreation board.

Events, Miscellaneous

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