Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, a Wheaton-based organization, will hold its Festival of the Monarch Butterfly in Glendale Heights on August 12 in honor of immigrant communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the Latin festival’s first two years, which are now in their third year, according to Cristobal Cavazos, general coordinator of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage.
According to Cavazos, this was DuPage County’s first Latino festival. “Because it honors migration, we call it the Monarch Festival.”
He went on to say that the Latino community and the rest of the immigrant community “remind us so much” of the Monarch butterfly’s migration pattern.
The festival will honor local Latino artisanship, music, and the arts. Additionally, it will highlight local charities that support the community.
Cavazos remarked, “Our community is full of talent.
According to Cavazos, the first festival in 2018 attracted 1,500 visitors to Camera Park in Glendale Heights. This year, more than 2,000 visitors are anticipated.
The festival’s opening was “just an amazing start (celebrating) the core values of culture and community,” according to Cavazos. “Our community’s love, creativity, and unity are all in full bloom. We make a real effort to create a space where some of these local residents can live, work, and showcase their artistic talent.”
The festival will take place at the park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., from 3 to 11 p.m. Mexican rock music and Indigenous dancing from the Michoacán region are this year’s main attractions in an effort to attract a younger audience. Mexican salsa and cumbia groups will also perform.
For airline passengers with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently unveiled the first Bill of Rights.
It offers a concise summary of the 10 fundamental rights guaranteed to passengers with disabilities by the Air Carrier Access Act.
These are the 10 rights:
• The right to respect and decency in treatment.
• The right to information on products, services, and the capabilities and restrictions of aircraft.
• The right to information in a format that is easy to use.
• Accessibility to airport facilities.
• The right to help in airports.
• The right to receive assistance while flying.
• The freedom to take a service animal or assistive device on a flight.
• The right to have seating provided.
• The right to features on accessible aircraft.
• The right to have a disability-related issue resolved.
Visit transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2022-07/508_Airline_Passengers_with_Disabilities_Bill_of_Rights_07072022_ADA.pdf for a thorough explanation.
The World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series at Judson University will feature Mexican-American actor Edward James Olmos on August 22 in Elgin.
A last-minute conflict in Olmos’s filming schedule forced the postponement of the event, which was originally set for April 8.
Olmos, a producer, activist, and director, will discuss his life, career, and sources of inspiration. He is best known for his performances as Lt. Martin “Marty” Castillo in the 1980s television series “Miami Vice” and as a math teacher in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver,” for which he received an Oscar nomination.
On the campus of Judson, Olmos will speak at the Herrick Chapel at 7 o’clock. Jacqueline Ruiz, an entrepreneur, author, and Latina pilot, will conduct the interview with him.
At this event, Ruiz said, “It is an honor to speak with one of the notable Hollywood figures in our community.” “I think the audience will leave inspired and ready to have a bigger impact in their community,” the speaker predicted.
Rick Najera, a celebrated screenwriter, actor, director, producer, sketch comedian, and author, will also be interviewed by Ruiz.
The event’s proceeds will support scholarships for students with disabilities in the Judson RISE program, leadership, entrepreneurship, diversity, and other areas. The price of tickets is $25. VIP tickets are $500 and include a 5:30 p.m. meet and greet reception.
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The Judson World Leaders Forum Inspiration Series event is currently in its fourth year. Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton spoke in 2016, magician Jim Munroe in 2017, and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic in 2015.
The annual Eid Fest of the Islamic Circle of North America Chicago will take place this weekend from Friday through Sunday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, 2015 Manchester Road.
One of the two main Islamic holidays, Eid al-Adha, is observed at the conclusion of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It was observed on July 9th of this year.
In the suburbs, Eid Fest will celebrate its 12th year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed in 2020 but resumed in July of last year. Over the course of the three days, typically 20,000 people attend.
A petting zoo, carnival rides, pony rides, games, and bazaar vendors selling food, clothing, and ethnic and cultural goods are among the attractions. On Saturday, there will be a fireworks display.
Tickets for the carnival are sold separately and cost $3. To learn more, go to eidfest.us. Call (855) EID-FEST or send an email to [email protected] for more information.