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Hispanic Heritage Month

Dates, instructors, and prices to be determined.

Hispanic Heritage Art Walk with Barry Aiken Latin Trio

September 14, 2018    Location: HREI      Time 5-8PM

Hispanic Heritage Month is kicking off with a themed Art Walk featuring music from Barry Aiken Latin Trio alongside authentic art displays, Latin dancing, and tapas.

Native Fusion Dance with Shanner Escalanti

Location: Emerge CDA

Monday nights. Time TBA.  September 17th thru October 29th with a dress rehearsal TBD and a performance at the Emerge Day of the Dead November 1st.

Cost: $140

In this 7-week dance session you will learn Southern Native dance styles blended with Hip-Hop and Break-dance moves, culminating in a performance at the 2018 Emerge Day of the Dead Fiesta.  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Cooking Class: Tamales

Location: Cafe Carambola

Tuesday September 19, 5:30-7:30

The art of tamale making is often feared to be a lot of work, but with modern kitchen equipment and a little know-how, you can turn that hard work into good times with friends and family. A homemade, mouth-watering, steaming hot tamale is always worth the effort and in this class chef Colomba will teach you all of the need-to-know basics as well as how to create your own unique savory and sweet masa and fillings.  For registration information, please visit Cafe Carambolas Website.

Large-Scale Paper Mache Skeleton Puppets with Shannon Erwin

Location: Emerge CDA

Wednesdays 4 – 6 pm September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24

All ages, families encouraged. Ages under 12 must be accompanied by an adult taking the class. $100/person. (Register more than one person consecutively for a discount)

Life-size skeleton puppets are featured in jubilant Day of the Dead parades throughout Hispanic communities celebrating around the globe. Create your own giant skeleton puppet and practice articulating it. Then show it off in a performance at our 2018 Day of the Dead fiesta.  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Cooking Class: Fall Soups

Location: Cafe Carambola

Tuesday September 26, 5:30-7:30

As the seasons change and fall approaches it is time to think soups! Here, we’ll discuss and profile flavors as we learn to balance and layer them to create exciting and interesting ethnic soups. We’ll also learn about using garnishes to add texture, color and flavor…the results will be stunning soups that will dazzle your eyes and dance on your palate!  For registration information, please visit Cafe Carambolas Website.

Mini Altars

Location: Emerge CDA

Ages 12 & up. Family participation encouraged.

Saturdays September  29, October 6, 13, 20 12- 3pm, $35/person

Learn about the altars and the traditions and practice surrounding this important part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. Using a shoebox, participants will create a tabletop memorial alter to commemorate and celebrate the lives of their ancestors with Day of the Dead traditions. Bring memorial items from your loved ones (including relatives and pets) to incorporate into your altar.  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Guest Speaker Jennifer Ávila: “The Silencing of Dissent: How Freedom of the Press is Threatened in Honduras.”
Location:  HREI
October 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.   Donation Suggested

Join Honduran journalist, artist, and documentary filmmaker Jennifer Ávila, the co-founder of Contra Corriente, a multimedia, youth and women-led media platform, for her Witness for Peace Tour Ms. Ávila has been a critical player in the resistance to the illegal, U.S.-supported re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández in 2017 and the crimes against humanity committed by his regime in the wake of the election.

Jennifer Ávila spent six years at Radio Progreso, an essential bulwark of freedom of expression in an increasingly hostile environment for journalism, before co-founding Contra Corriente in 2017. While at Radio Progreso, she directed Guardiana de los Ríos (about the defense of rivers incarnated by Berta Cáceres), No Se Van (about the whys and hows of migration), and Libertad Tiene Nombre de Mujer (about women organizing to protect community territory). Her award-winning work has been shown in international film festivals, and has represented a crucial documentation of the ways U.S. and Honduran policy from deportations to mega-projects have affected the most vulnerable Hondurans.

Ceramic Masks with KC Loveland

Location: Emerge CDA

Ages 13 & up

Mondays, October 8th 6 – 8:30 pm &

Monday, October 15th 6-7:30 pm.  $45

Learn the history and relevance of the sugar skull in traditional Day of the Dead celebrations and translate that decorative technique to a ceramic mask you can take home. Completed masks may be part of a display at the 2018 Day of the Dead Fiesta.  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Vecinos Show at Emerge

Location: Emerge CDA

Opening Reception Friday, October 12th 5-8 pm

(music, drinks, and art for ArtWalk)

Join us at Emerge for our annual “Vecinos” show featuring regional Hispanic artists. The show will be on display at Emerge (208 N 4th Street in Coeur d’ Alene) until Saturday, November 3rd.

Emerge Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 12-4pm or by appointment. Please contact  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Cooking Class: The Traditional Mexican Kitchen

Location: Cafe Carambola

Thursday October 12, 5:30-7:30

Mexico’s cuisine was the first in the world to receive UNESCO world heritage status and this class will teach you why! Come and explore the flavorful world of corn, chiles, beans and squash through Chef Colomba’s creations. The authentic Mexican kitchen is fresh, healthy and unique. Our menu will include a fabulous soup, scratch-made tortillas and enchiladas.  For registration information, please visit Cafe Carambolas Website.

Memorial Weaving with Sue Tye

Location: Emerge CDA

Ages 12 & up

 Saturday, October 13th 12-3 pm $35/person

Create a circular memorial weaving on an embroidery hoop incorporating textiles and other elements belonging to loved ones you wish to commemorate. Let the finished piece be a stand-alone piece in your home or add it to your altar, cultivate a practice of active remembrance and celebration of life.  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Cooking Class: Nuevo Latino Salads

Location: Cafe Carambola

Thursday October 19, 5:30-7:30

Nuevo Latino cuisine lends itself perfectly to the creation of fresh, vivid salads. Here we’ll use traditional ingredients to create healthy, texture and color-rich salads.  For registration information, please visit Cafe Carambolas Website.

Miniature Memorial Keepsake Boxes

Location: Emerge CDA

Ages 13 & up. Families encouraged.

Saturdays October 20 & 27th. Noon – 3pm. $35

Bring your photos of loved ones and their memorabilia and family heirlooms that you’ve had tucked away for years and create a keepsake shadowbox to display in your home to honor and commemorate the memory of loved ones that have passed. Celebrate their lives and bring their memories into your daily lives so that you can carry them with you always and remember them with joy and love.  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Hispanic Multicultural Day


Emerge’s 4th Annual Day of The Dead Fiesta

Location: Emerge CDA

Thursday, November 1st 6pm.

Ticket sales TBA

Join Emerge for the 4th annual Day of the Dead Fiesta. Featuring Latin-American inspired cuisine from local chefs, Live Artist Performance, and Entertainment performances as well as a live auction.  For registration information, please visit Emerge CDA.

Ballroom Salsa Dance Class
Location:  HREI
Cost: $50.

This beginner course in ballroom salsa dancing will cover the basic counts, rhythm, and movement of this popular Latin dance style. Participants will learn how to move their hips and feet to dance freely with salsa style while engaging their core muscles.

Latin Ballroom Dance class and Standard Ballroom Dance classes
Location:  HREI
Pre-Registration is required, and classes cost $60 or $15 for a single class drop-in.

This class will introduce you to the basic steps of five Latin Dances: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, and Paso Double. The Latin Dances are “spot” dances, meaning the couples generally dance in the same spot on the dance floor. Enjoy learning Latin Dances, exercising your body and having fun. No partner required.

This instructor also offers modern ballroom dance classes that teach Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, and Quickstep on the same dates, with a $55 cost for all the classes.

Beginner Spanish Class

Location: TBA

Multicultural Experience Day Oct. 27

Location: TBA

Latin American Chocolate tasting with wine pairings
Location:  HREI

Join us on an arm chair journey to the Hispanic cacao growing regions of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. We’ll explore the cultural history of cacao and examine the steps needed to transform it from bean to bar. Experience a guided tasting of bars from these regions and rate them to discover your favorites. We’ll then pair these chocolates with wines from Spain and South America. Geography never tasted so good!

Other classes TBA

Travel Series: Explore Peru

Travel Series: Explore Cuba


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