Hello Summer!

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The temperatures are rising, there are more sunlight hours, and everything is blooming. Summer is finally here! This Spring officially marked one year of the COVID-19 pandemic that took over the U.S. and the rest of the world in 2020, prompting stay-at-home orders and reducing outdoor group activities to a minimum.

The pandemic created multiple challenges in almost every aspect of daily life. Now, as vaccination rates increase and the weather keeps getting warmer, restrictions are being lifted giving many families the opportunity to reconnect with each other, take a break from work or school, and enjoy many safe outdoor activities once again.

According to the latest statistics from Our World in Data, as of May 16,2021, about 37.5% of the population in the United States has been fully vaccinated and 47.9% have received their first dose of the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the e Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds which will likely lead to an increase in vaccinations. Of course, the pandemic is not over and you should continue to social distance , wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask while following the appropriate CDC guidelines regardless of your vaccination status.

Cool invites you to check out this list of ideas and Hispanic cultural events happening across the country for you and your family to enjoy this Summer. It’s  the perfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself in Latino culture while enjoying the beautiful sunny weather.

  • Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF), Philadelphia, PA

The 10th Annual Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) is returning this Spring.I It is the Greater Philadelphia region’s only festival that showcases the extraordinary and innovative work of emerging and already established Latino filmmakers. By celebrating the diversity and richness of cultures, the PHLAFF fosters a cross-cultural understanding of Hispanic heritage and dialogue.

The PHLAFF will be take place between May 30th  and June 6th, 2021.  You can obtain more information regarding this event here.

  • Jazz at the Corner, Washington, D.C.

The DC Jazz festival, in collaboration with The Corner at Whitman Walker, is co-presenting Jazz at the Corner, a concert series of Jazz ensembles that is part of the Stay Alive to Life, an exhibition and series of events on survival in times of COVID-19, organized in collaboration with Kadist, The Museum of Dreams, and Goethe Institute.

The performances will be in-person with a maximum capacity of 15 guests, and all performances will adhere to the most recent health and safety standards set out by the DC Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The concert series will take place from May 13th to June 24th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at The Corner at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington D.C. Visit this page for more information.

  • World Heritage Festival, Silver Spring, MD

A Spring event that you definitely won’t want to miss is the World Heritage Festival in Silver Spring, MD on June 6th, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.

It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy various multicultural shows, while also shopping from more than 60 vendors featuring ceramics, fine arts, jewelry, crafts, and every sort of creative piece in between. Additional vendors will include local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

This event will take place rain or shine! It has zero cost of admission and is a family-friendly event. Tthis event is being planned according to the CDC guidelines. For more information, visit the link right here.

  • Encuentro en el Smithsonian: Telmary Díaz, Washington, D.C.

Hip hop artist Telmary Diaz is kicking off the Beyond the Mall: Making Matters series. Telmary’s voice has been the source of inspiration for many communities in Cuba and Latin America. Through her music and poetic lyrics, she shares a message of empowerment. In this program, Telmary discusses the influence of Afro-Cuban culture in her creative vision, as well as her commitment to nurturing the next generation of women musicians.

This event is produced by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The Encuentro en el Smithsonian is a series meant to explore culture, identity, and creativity. This event will be streamed online on June 25th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Spanish with English subtitles. American Sign Language interpretation will also be provided. For more information, visit the following link.

  • The Latinas Book Club, New York, NY

If you find yourself visiting the Big Apple in the month of July, this is the perfect opportunity  to explore the city while also discussing new genres of literature with the Latinas Book Club of New York, a club meant for everyone  interested in discovering and reading about the Latino experience narrated by its own voices.

This event will hold a discussion about the novel Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor. After a group of children discovers the body of a dead witch, the whole village goes into an in-depth investigation of how and why the murder occurred. Fernanda Melchor adds a light of humanity to the characters  and this cursed Mexican village. This event will take place on July 28th, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the 67th Street Library and  will also be available through Google Meet. ASL interpretation and real-life captioning is available upon request. For more information regarding this event, you can click on the following link.

These are only a sampling of events that are taking place this Summer. Cool & Associates, LLC hopes that you  are able to take advantage of the warm weather and go enjoy these Hispanic and multicultural events with your family, friends, and loved ones.

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