Conexiones Latinas de McLean County

Conexiones Latinas de McLean County

We are a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who share a passion for improving and creating opportunities for Latino families in Bloomington-Normal and McLean County (Illinois).

Somos una organización sin ánimo de lucro formado por voluntarios que comparten una pasión por la mejora y la creación de oportunidades para las familias latinas en Bloomington-Normal y el condado de McLean (Illinois).


Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Page by Page (Página por Página)

  • Bloomington Public Library

Bilingual story time 7pm on Tuesday 2/23  in the Bloomington Public Library Children's Department.  Provided by Conexiones Latinas de McLean County and the Lawyers in the Classroom Program.

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Feb
20
6:30 pm18:30

IWU SALSA: Barrio Fiesta

  • Illinois Wesleyan University

Join the Spanish and Latino Student Association for our biggest event of the semester! 

This year we will be celebrating the rich culture of the following countries:

Chile
Honduras
Peru
Panama

~Doors will be opening at 6:30 pm and food will be served at 7 pm. 
~Come hungry as we will be having delicious food from each of the represented countries. (Remember: Food is 1st come 1st serve!!)
~Bring your dancing shoes! We will have several dancing performances as well as some lessons so you may dance the night away.

Guest Speaker Daynali Flores-Rodriguez
Feb
19
2:00 pm14:00

Guest Speaker Daynali Flores-Rodriguez

  • Illinois State University

The Latin American and Latino/a studies program welcomes Professor Daynali Flores-Rodriguez, who will be presenting a lecture, Trans-Caribbean Narratives of Dictatorship and the Latin American Imaginary, at 2 p.m. February 19, in 314 Williams Hall.

Flores-Rodriguez examines selected literary writers who have developed a different meaning toward dictatorial experience than is commonly assumed, in that the experiences are much more integral to the culture rather than being isolated from it. Her work identifies the complex cultural realities of the Trans-Caribbean region and allows authors to play an active part in crafting culture.

Flores-Rodriguez is an assistant professor in the department of Hispanic studies at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she also works as the team leader for the Latin American studies program in the international studies department. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she earned her B.A. in 2001 in comparative literature from the Universidad de Puerto Rico. She obtained an M.A. in 2004 and Ph.D. in 2011 in comparative literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked at several higher education institutions in Puerto Rico and the United States.

Her research explores the dynamics of power and identity in cultural discourses from a transnational perspective.

Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

PAGE BY PAGE (PÁGINA POR PÁGINA)

  • Bloomington Public Library

Bilingual story time 7pm on Tuesday 1/5 and 1/19  in the Bloomington Public Library Children's Department.  Provided by Conexiones Latinas de McLean County and the Lawyers in the Classroom Program.

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Nov
23
6:00 pm18:00

Bent Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) Meeting

  • Bent Elementary School

PAC y el “Language Advocacy Network” les invitan a una presentación sobre un tipo de programa bilingüe llamado “Dual Language” (Doble inmersión). Sera presentado por Joseph Wiemelt, Ed. D, quién es director de los programas bilingües y multiculturales en Urbana. 

Apr
25
11:00 am11:00

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book)

  • Bloomington Public Library

Celebrate el día de los niños/el día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) at the Bloomington Public Library from 11am-1pm. This free family event is a celebration based on childhood and literacy that began several years ago in Bloomington and 1997 nationally. Borrowing from the traditional Mexican holiday "El día de los niños," locally we will celebrate with music, food, crafts and activities for the whole family.

Fiesta Latina @ ISU
Apr
17
7:00 pm19:00

Fiesta Latina @ ISU

  • Illinois State University - Bone Student Center

Join the SPANISH CLUB for our 9th FIESTA LATINA as we celebrate the end of the year event. The evening will entail live music by Grupo Bembé from Indianapolis, a dance performance by Peoria Latin Vipe, and DJ LEX!

Dinner will be served starting at 7-8pm for those who buy the ticket in advance. 

Location:
Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center 

Admission:
$10 tickets
Children 10 years and under $5 entrance (Adult must be present)

Tickets can be purchased at any Spanish Club meeting held on Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30pm in Stevenson 229or you can contact Francisco Rodriguez at frodri2@lstu.edu or call 815-990-8658 or send an e-mail to spanishclub@ilstu.edu.

Tickets will also be sold at the door for the same price on the night of the without guarantee of dinner. If you plan to attend dinner, please buy your tickets in advance by April 12th!

Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

Film Screening: Documented

  • Normal Theater

You're invited to a special screening of the film, Documented

Join The Immigration Project   and our community partners for a screening of the film, Documented, created by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas about his experience being undocumented in the United States.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the Immigration Project, immigrants, and other immigration advocates and experts. This event is free but donations are requested to support The Immigration Project. 

Free Film Screening: Speaking in Tongues
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Free Film Screening: Speaking in Tongues

  • Normal Theater

Join us for a free public screening of the documentary Speaking in Tongues (http://speakingintonguesfilm.info/) on Monday April 6, 2015 at 7pm at the Normal Theater (209 W North St) in Uptown Normal. 

The film, which took home the Documentary Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, follows four diverse students and their families as they encounter the challenges and delights of becoming fluent in two languages. A Q&A with Professor Elizabeth Skinner, Assistant Professor at ISU’s College of Education following the screening will consider how the discussion of potential benefits of dual language immersion is playing out locally in the Bloomington-Normal community. 

Presented by our Education Committee and local community partners, the goal is to continue a community discussion on bilingual education and share information on current bilingual education resources and local efforts to start a Spanish Saturday school, plans for a multi-language afterschool program, and ideas to bring dual language immersion to our schools. 

This event is sponsored by:
State Farm Bank®
Conexiones Latinas de McLean County
Illinois State University, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program
Illinois State University, College of Education (School of Teaching and Learning)
Illinois State University, Student Association of Bilingual Education (SABE)
Illinois Wesleyan University, Department of Hispanic Studies
Illinois Wesleyan University, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Feb
11
6:30 pm18:30

February Conexiones Board Meeting

  • Bloomington Police Department

Our February Conexiones Latinas de McLean County Board Meeting will be held Tuesday 2/11  (2nd Tuesday) at 6:30pm at the Bloomington Police Department’s Osborn Room (2nd Floor). Please see the attached agenda and we hope to see everyone there.

2/11 Agenda

ISU Latino Cultural Dinner with Rosario Dawson
Nov
10
5:00 pm17:00

ISU Latino Cultural Dinner with Rosario Dawson

  • Illinois State University

Rosario Dawson is an accomplished Latina actress, singer, and writer and will be the feature speaker for ISU's annual Latino Cultural Dinner. Tickets for sale soon. Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center.

Día de los Muertos at Children's Discovery Museum
Nov
2
12:00 pm12:00

Día de los Muertos at Children's Discovery Museum

  • Children's Discovery Museum

Conexiones Latinas is the lead sponsor for this inaugural event to observe El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Children's Discover Museum (Normal).

El Día de los Muertos will be a family event and include:
• Hands-on arts and craft activities
• Bilingual story time
• Traditional music

Attendance will be free with paid Museum admission or tickets can be purchased at the Museum. Some community tickets will be available through Conexiones Latinas and our community partners for families in need.

Oct
15
Oct 16

Film: "Girl Rising"

  • Illinois State University

Date: Tuesday, October 15th

Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Location: Illinois State University – Center for Visual Arts Room 151

Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

Film: The Latino List

  • Hansen Student Center

IWU's SALSA (Spanish and Latino Student Association) will be hosting a film viewing party and Q&A on Monday 10/14 at 6:00 pm in the Hansen Student Center on IWU Campus.

Oct
12
2:00 pm14:00

Film: Latin Music USA: Bridges

  • Normal Public Library

This fresh take on American musical history reaches across five decades to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. See the rise of Latin jazz with the great Machito and the explosion of the mambo with Pérez Prado. And watch as Latin music infiltrates R&B and rock throughout the 1960s, from the Drifters to Santana up to today. We will be focusing on Episode 1: Bridges.

Oct
11
3:00 pm15:00

Poetry and Dictatorship: Cecilia Vicuna, Chile and the Other 9/11

  • Illinois State University

Conversando Entre Nostros, LALS Brown Bag Series. Speaker Juliet Lynd (Dept of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) will share her research on poet-artist Cecilia Vicuna and the story of her revolutionary work (almost) lost after the military coup that initiated the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. 313 Williams Hall ISU. 

Film: From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale
Oct
8
7:00 pm19:00

Film: From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale

  • Normal Theater

Latin Rhythms Film Screening "From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale" at the Normal Theater on Tuesday 10/8 at 7pm, Free Admission. This film is part of America's Music, a free series of film screenings, scholar-led discussion sessions musical performances, and other activities related to 20th-century American popular music (from blues to bluegrass to broadway).

Description: This exuberant documentary celebrates the cultural life of one of America's worst urban slums in the 1970s, New York's South Bronx. It was here, home to many Latin performers from mambo's heyday, that hip hop originated. In the devastation of the South Bronx in the 1970s, gang participation was almost total. This film excerpt begins in 1973, when gang leaders held a peace conference to decry the inhuman conditions they lived under. Hip hop was created and performed first by Jamaican and African American youth, and then Latinos, in abandoned parks, razed neighborhoods and burned-out buildings, as an alternative to gang violence. As one of the early artists says in the film, "We were either gonna start hip hop, or start a revolution." Break dance competitions and battles of songs and words redirected gang fighting into creative expression and brought a measure of fame to its most successful artists. Through candid and often humorous interviews with hip hop's founding artists and performers, including Kid Freeze, D.J. Charlie Chase, Popmaster Fabel Pabon and Bom 5, the film demonstrates how hip hop, like mambo before it, both reflected and defied the ghetto status and economic deprivation of its creators.

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Speaker: Juan Ortiz at ISU
Sep
27
8:30 am08:30

Speaker: Juan Ortiz at ISU

  • Bone Student Center (ISU Campus)

Juan Ortiz will present Being a Successful Latino Male in Business Friday, Sept. 27,  in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center. The event, which is part of the Speaker Series at Illinois State University, is free and open to the public.

Coming from humble beginnings, Ortiz rose to his current role of executive vice president of business development for BluePay Processing, based out of Naperville. He manages more than 120 sales agents nationwide for the $5 billion processing company, and serves as part of the company’s acquisition team.

The seminar will consist of three different talks by Ortiz. In the keynote address, he will discuss the idea that “anyone can win in life, if they are willing to change.” He will also present talks titled “Conditioning From Abuse” and “Being a Successful Latino Male in Business”. More information about Ortiz’s presentation is available in the link below.

The event is sponsored by the Child Protection Network, the Illinois State University School of Social Work, the Illinois State University Latin American and Latino/a studies program, the Sage Foundation Fund, and the Social Work Club at Illinois State.

For more information, call Diane Zosky of the School of Social Work at (309) 438-3631 or Judy Brucker with the Child Protection Network at (309) 888-5656. 

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Movie: Blancanieves at Normal Theater
Sep
21
7:00 pm19:00

Movie: Blancanieves at Normal Theater

  • Normal Theater

On Saturday 9/21 and Sunday 9/22 the Normal Theater will be featuring the film, Blancanieves. The 2012 Spanish black-and-white silent fantasy drama film written and directed by Pablo Berger is based on the fairy tale "Snow White" by the Brothers Grimm, the story is set in a romantic vision of 1920s Andalusia.

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Speaker: Dr. Aide Acosta
Sep
21
1:00 pm13:00

Speaker: Dr. Aide Acosta

  • McLean County Museum of History

Dr. Aide Acosta, visiting assistant professor of American and Latino Studies at Indiana University, will discuss the history of migratory flows of Latinas and Latinos into the Midwest.

“Migrant Home Making, Reshaping the Heartland: Latino Diasporic Settlement and Cultural Practice in Rural America" will be held at the Museum on Saturday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m. in the courtroom.  It is free and open to the public.

Illinois Latino Leadership Conference
Sep
21
9:00 am09:00

Illinois Latino Leadership Conference

  • Heartland Community College

The Illinois Latino Leadership Conference featuring U.S. Senator Richard Durbin will be held in Normal at Heartland Community College on Saturday, September 21st from 9am until 3pm.

Invited participants include Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Governor Patrick Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, State Senator Willie Delgado and State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia.

Topics will include:

  • Political Involvement
  • Voter Registration
  • Running for office
  • Coalition Building
  • Community Outreach

Registration is $20/person and $10/student. Registration deadline is September 9, 2013.

Sponsored by Laborers International Union of North America, Midwest Region and the Illinois Democratic County Chairman's Association.

For more information.  

Concert: Chuchito Valdes with Heartland Jazz Orchestra
Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

Concert: Chuchito Valdes with Heartland Jazz Orchestra

  • Bloomington Center for the Performaing Arts

On Friday, September 20th, 2013, Chuchito Valdes and his Cuban quartet will perform with the Heartland Jazz Orchestra at the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts at 7:00 p.m. to commemorate the music of Chuchito’s notable grandfather, Bebo Valdes, who recently passed away.

The concert will feature Bebo Valdes’ charts for jazz orchestra. Bebo was a renowned jazz musician in Havana, Cuba; a leader of the orchestra for the Tropicana. These rare charts belong to Chuchito and have not been performed for many years. There will be a short educational session regarding Cuban music, mambo, and cha cha, just prior to the concert. 

Tickets are $20 and $25.

For more information. 

Movie: Chico & Rita at the Normal Theater
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

Movie: Chico & Rita at the Normal Theater

  • Normal Theater

On Thursday,  September 19, 2013, Normal Theater will feature the Oscar nominated animated film, Chico and Rita, which features Bebo Valdes' music.  Chuchito Valdes (who will perform the following night at the BCPA) will appear prior to the film to briefly discuss memories of his grandfather, Bebo, and his music. 

Chico and Rita is a Spanish animated feature-length film in Spanish and English. 
Synopsis: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

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Kermes - St. Mary's Church Bazaar
Sep
15
11:00 am11:00

Kermes - St. Mary's Church Bazaar

  • St. Mary Church

Come celebrate Mexico’s Independence and help raise funds for the Virgin of Guadalupe’s celebration with the annual Kermes at St. Mary’s Church (527 W. Jackson St. Bloomington, IL). There will be Mexican food, music, games and raffles. Come and enjoy this day with your friends and family!

Kermes Flier 2013

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