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Coconino County celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15 with variety of events, programs

See links for variety Coconino County and area upcoming events.

COCONINO COUNTY — Coconino County has announced that it is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with variety of upcoming events and programs.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors signed the Coconino County Proclamation designating Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2022 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Reading the proclamation were Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) Vice President Dani Donaldson of Northern Arizona University and CHAC member and former chair Frank X. Moraga of

The Coconino County and the Board of Supervisors recognize cultural diversity as a core value of our organization; empowering the intersecting and overlapping social identities with a focus on equity, social justice, and actions and move our communities forward.

Please click on calendar below for links to a variety of Coconino County online and virtual presentations that were held Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2022.

Also see other countywide upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events:

Celebrating Hispanic, Latiné Heritage Month at NAU

By Northern Arizona University News

National Hispanic, Latiné Heritage month is celebrated every year from Sept. 15 through Oct.15. This month-long celebration traditionally honors the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic and Latiné communities.  

“I love Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Erik Perez, president of the Latiné Student Union (LSU) at NAU. “It makes me feel like my people get recognized for all the things we bring to this country;, between migrant workers providing all the food at our tables to community leaders that motivate us to shoot for the stars.”  

LSU’s mission on campus is to promote, amplify and celebrate the Hispanic and Latiné  students by allowing them to come together and embrace unity.

“As a first-generation college student and American, I still feel a deep connection to my roots,” Perez said. “My parents came to this country with nothing and gave me everything. This is a story that many of my friends share. It’s a connection that makes us admire our culture that much more. Hispanic Heritage Month is our time to show off the ‘cultura’ that we are so proud to be a part of!” 

Beginning Sept. 15, Northern Arizona University is celebrating Hispanic, Latiné heritage with a variety of events hosted by NAU’s Office of Inclusion (IMQ), Ethnic Studies and other groups. Through these events, NAU strives to honor the culture, history and diversity of individuals in the Latiné community. 

Ongoing schedule of events 

Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m. 

Student Affairs Spanish Conversation Tables— “Las Maravillas de Invierno” 

University Union, Grand Canyon Room (#230) 

Open to NAU faculty and staff. Register before the event. 

CHAC, supporters celebrate Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ 2022 Tardeada Festival

Veterans honored for their service by visitors who also enjoyed a mild Summer day featuring mariachi music, folklorico performance, dancing, Mexican food and more.

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) was well represented at the 2022 Tardeada Festival on Aug. 20, 2022 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces honored the region’s Hispanic roots by celebrating the seventh annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church south of downtown Flagstaff.

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council was well represented at the 2022 Tardeada Festival. Joining board member Frank Moraga at the CHAC information table were CHAC members Esteban Villarreal and Patty Garcia.

The free event drew more than 250 people with the entertainment stage featuring El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson, dance music by La Banda Las Catrinas from Tucson, Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff.

The highlight of the event included the presentation of certificates honoring the service of all veterans who attended the celebration.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) were the premier sponsors.

During the event, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces thanked all sponsors, individuals and organizations that contributed to the successful event.

Visit to see slideshows of photos and the entire story HERE

Joining board member Frank Moraga, above, at the CHAC information table were CHAC members Esteban Villarreal and Patty Garcia, below.

CHAC participates in Coconino County 2022 Cultural ‘Diversity Day’

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council took part in Coconino County’s Cultural “Diversity Day” held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at the Coconino County Superior Courthouse Lawn. CHAC members participating included Dani Donaldson of Northern Arizona University, Frank X. Moraga of and Esteban Villarreal of Coconino County.

A variety of other organizations and county departments participated in the annual event including the African Diaspora Advisory Council and the Indigenous Peoples Council.

The event was part of Coconino County Diversity Week: June 20 through June 24, 2022.


Photos by Frank X. Moraga/; Richard and Ruth Eaton; and Esteban Villarreal.

Click on image above to see a slideshow of more photos at

FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) held its inagural drop-off Community Food Drive as a socially distant alternative to its annual César E. Chávez celebration from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27 at the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños,, 2532 E. 7th Ave., at the corner of 4th and 7th streets, Flagstaff. 

Nearly 500 pounds of food were collected, along with nearly $500 in cash donations.

All donations went to the Flagstaff Family Food Center for distribution to the community.

Thank you to former Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans for conducting Facebook Live interviews to spread the word about the event, and to supporting partners The Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños and Radio Sunnyside KSZN-LP 101.5 FM.

The event was promoted in the Arizona Daily Sun and KAFF Country 92.9 FM

CHAC members braved gusty winds and chilly temperatures to set up the donation boxes just outside the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños.

Community members were invited drop off such donations as:

Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna and other canned protein, pasta, cereal and canned fruit. 

Thank you very much for supporting the community. Your help is very much appreciated.


John Haro, Chair

Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council

About CHAC: The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council was established in 2001 with thepurpose of advising the County Board of Supervisors on issues and concerns that affect the Hispanic community in Coconino County. In addition to serving as an advisory group to the county supervisors,the council has identified the following five major areas of focus:

  • To conduct forums on issues and concerns of the Hispanic community
  • To promote awareness of the need for diversity in employment, training and economicdevelopment
  • To assist Coconino County in recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees
  • To promote Hispanic culture, arts, historic activities and events
  • To examine and make policy recommendations in the areas of education, housing, land use, health, social services, recreation and criminal justice issues.

Prior to the pandemic, CHAC members presented such activities as the annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast at American Legion Post 3; and took part in such events as the annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the Cinco de Mayo dinner/dance at the American Legion Post 3 and the 4th of July Parade. Members look forward to taking part in such events in 2022.