ELIZABETH, NJ-- Hispanic Heritage Month has begun and the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) along with sponsorship from the HEART Grant Program (History, Arts, Education Reaching Thousands) is announcing a Hispanic Heritage Month Lunchtime Concert series beginning September 27.

EAP and HEART are working with local restaurants to promote the cultural diversity and ethnic heritage of the area. The HEART Grant Program was established to encourage a thriving environment for the arts and cultural activities.

David Strochak, EAP Executive Director said “The Elizabeth Avenue business district is a diverse and vibrant community with deep ethnic roots, rich in culture and tradition.”

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During the month-long celebration, restaurants will offer traditional foods and live music at various sites located along Elizabeth Ave. with three Latin Jazz concerts featuring Salsa, Meringue, Cumbia and Bachata dancing and music from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.  

The first concert will be held Wednesday, September 27 at El Charrito Paisa. On Tuesday, October 3 the second concert in the series will take place at Don Felix Bar and Restaurant and the final concert will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at La Cabana Mexican.

“We are a bustling retail and restaurant destination easily accessible to the world and we are committed to providing a friendly neighborhood, one that will include a safe and clean environment and gives customers a feeling of togetherness and these concerts are a great way to celebrate the incredible cultural diversity we have in this city and a small taste of our restaurants.” Strochak, said.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 each year. Historically, September 15 is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all declared independence in 1821.

Celebrations are held to commemorate the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

EAP Chairman Angel Rodriguez of State Farm Insurance said, “We are very excited to highlight some of our great restaurants this year, where you can enjoy some great food along with awesome music. So come on down to Elizabeth Avenue and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month the way it should be celebrated.”

For more information on upcoming events, visit the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership on Facebook @Elizabeth Avenue-The Market or www.elizabethavenue.org or call 908-965-0660.

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