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Corazón Latino Festival will celebrate Hispanic heritage at Johnson City’s ‘First Friday’ in May

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The fourth annual Corazón Latino Festival will be held in conjunction with the Johnson City Arts Council’s (JCAC) First Friday activities on May 3 from 6:30-11 p.m. The evening will feature live music, food, door prizes and free dancing lessons, including Salsa and Brazil’s Capoeira.

A Mock Running of the Bulls will start the evening at 6:30 p.m., with the Little City Roller Girls leading a group of “bull runners” starting at Freiberg’s German Restaurant and ending at Nelson’s Fine Art Gallery.

The ChicoZone will offer children’s games, bilingual storytelling, face-painting and a cornhole toss. There will be traditional mask-making courtesy of the Johnson City Area Arts Council (JCAAC).

A Corazón Sano area will encourage good health by targeting diabetes, childhood obesity, women’s health issues and high blood pressure. Free health screenings will be provided by the East Tennessee State University Public Health Student Association (PHSA) and the Johnson City Community Health Center.

Arte a la Carte in the Nelson Fine Art Gallery will display the work of artists of Latin American heritage or with Latin themes.

The Passport to the Americas area will allow visitors to meet cultural ambassadors ready to answer questions about the traditions and customs of their home countries, which span the Western Hemisphere.

The First Friday event for May is sponsored by Walmart, Sprint and the ETSU Student Government Association.

The Corazón Latino Festival is a collaborative effort by Friends of Olde Downtowne, ETSU’s Language and Culture Resource Center, AmeriCorps VISTA, the Hispanic American Student Community Alliance, Nelson Fine Art Gallery, Johnson City Community Health Center, First Christian Church, and the JCAAC.

For further information, visit Corazón Latino on Facebook at facebook.com/CorazonLatinoJC or watch the promotional video at www.etsu.edu/cas/lcrc/ .