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October 15, 2013

Hispanic/Latino Awareness Fair planned

DANVILLE — The seventh annual Hispanic/Latino Awareness Fair at Danville Area Community College will provide valuable information as well as some family fun, too.

The free, family-oriented event sponsored by DACC is set for 3-6 p.m. Saturday in Bremer Conference Center at DACC.

Ana Nasser, director of DACC’s child development center, and Al Bello, director of radiology, have been involved with organizing the fair all seven years.

During the years, the two organizers have figured out what works and what doesn’t.

The first few fairs were staged in the morning and had a set agenda with speakers scheduled at certain times, but since the fair has moved to Saturday afternoons it has seen attendance steadily increase.

Last year, the fair drew more than 100 attendees, Nasser said.

The goal of the annual event is to connect community members to local community services and agencies and to encourage adults to continue their education, to help them with keys to success and to assist them with accessing resources to overcome barriers to education.

Another goal of the fair, according to Nasser, “is to promote inclusion and understanding on campus and in the community.”

Nasser said sometimes people don’t realize all the programs that are available to them in the community, so the fair is the perfect setting to let the Hispanic community know what is out there.

“It’s a way to inform the public about what is available in the community,” she said. “There will be lots of good information for everyone.”

Free information about education/English as a Second Language, health care, child care, social services, immigration, citizenship, driver’s licenses and deferred action will be available from at least 36 area and state agencies and organizations at the fair. When the fair first started, five agencies signed up.

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