Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of our community members whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. NorCal Public Media celebrates Latino contributions to the Bay Area throughout the year through feature presentations on KRCB TV, KPJK TV, and KRCB 104.9 FM.

Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí is a Mexican folklore dance group with a mission to promote the pride of identifying as an LGBTQ+ Latinx through the art of traditional dance. "Connect the Bay" attends some lively and colorful performances to share an inspiring message of pride and inclusion.

Bay Area Bountiful: Eat Here profiles the culinary creations of chef Dalia Martinez, owner of the Naked Pig restaurant who uses natural, organic ingredients in the dishes she serves.

Patty Botello has been making piñatas since she was a little girl. Though some are destined to be joyously destroyed by children at parties, much of her work is museum quality and intended for gallery exhibition. Her current sculptural work focuses upon fruit vendors.

Late summer is grape harvest season in Sonoma County, an extremely important time for Sonoma County’s billion dollar wine industry. Unfortunately, now, because of climate change, harvest coincides with California’s annual fire season.

Diego Arana, lead educator for Cycles of Change focuses on one bike at a time, through the East Oakland nonprofit and is making biking accessible to all. Watch this video to learn how biking can take you on a journey from Berkeley to Brazil.

Social services agency Puente de la Costa Sur in Pescadero is uniquely qualified to assist with San Mateo County's emergency services during wildfire emergencies. Executive Director Rita Mancera the nonprofit's deep connection to the community.

Since 1996, Peralta Hacienda Historical Park has been open to the public and continues to educate on the historical background of Oakland. Their mission is to promote understanding and historical healing in a diverse and changing community. While giving a voice to the many cultures that have made Oakland their home.
Artist Martín Zuñiga has a new sculpture in Santa Rosa. The sculpture is titled Ollins, which means movement. It was designed just before the election to encourage people to vote. Six students and two artists were asked to be part of this project and painted murals on the sculpture.

Photojournalist Erik Castro speaks with NorCal Public Media News Director Adia White about the evacuations of elderly community members he photographed at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
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