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Come dance with Sault's Latin-Hispanic community

Join a disk golf battle at the beach, catch a free drive-in movie
The Sault’s first annual Northern Ontario Latin-Hispanic Association (NOLHA) Gala Latina, a celebration of Hispanic and Brazilian culture, was held at The Delta Hotel, Sept. 28, 2019. Join the group for an outdoor dance celebration on Saturday, Sept. 11. Darren Taylor/SooToday

Dancing is known as a great way to relieve stress while getting some exercise, and it could be helpful in dealing with the added stress from the current pandemic. That’s why everyone is invited to Salsa al Parque (Dancing in the Park), a cultural gathering and celebration in honour of Latin-Hispanic Heritage Month hosted by the Northern Ontario Latin-Hispanic Association (NOLHA).

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, in the Roberta Bondar Pavilion Tent. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join. This is a chance to get outside and experience authentic Latin-Hispanic culture. The event is free of charge but donations will be appreciated. 

A salsa demonstration will be led by Latino members and volunteers coming from Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. Participants will be guided and taught the salsa dance, meringue, along with other Latino dances. 

“Everyone in the community is welcome. I would like to see seniors, I would like to see everyone enjoy music and dancing. Dance is health, it’s mental health. Let’s take out all this COVID stress through dance. It can be therapeutic for all of us,” said NOLHA’s Sandra Mongui in an earlier interview with SooToday.

“We’re trying to involve more of the community by using an open space like the Roberta Bondar Pavilion. We want everyone in the community, not just Latinos (to be aware of NOLHA),” Mongui said. 

As an added incentive, the first 150 families to arrive will receive a completely free NOLHA handbag filled with gifts and coupons from local sponsors.  

“Whether you’re a salsa lover or a rookie, there’s no wrong way to dance, so take your dancing shoes and come to the Roberta Bondar Park to enjoy dancing in the open air,” the event page on Facebook reads. 

2021 Battle at the Beach

Sept. 11

Put your disc golf skills to the test with the 2021 Battle at the Beach, the first event held at the new 9-hole Pointe Des Chenes Disc Golf Park. The tournament will be held over 2 rounds of 18 holes and will be limited to the first 36 registered participants. More information can be found on the tournament website

Metro Retro - free drive-in movie

Sept. 11

On Saturday, Sept. 11, 'Metro Retro', an event that will give you a chance to have the classic drive-in movie experience, will take place at the Churchill Plaza Metro. The movie Matilda will be shown at 8:30 p.m., with entertainment from the Sault Community Theatre preceding the film at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free of charge, but donations are encouraged.

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