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Latina Voices Showcases Successful Women

Colorado and the Pikes Peak region are home to many talented and successful Latinas. A handful of them will be featured in an annual showcase, Latina Voices, to be presented from 10 a.m. - noon on Sat., Sept. 22, at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Presenters at this year’s event will include:

Yolanda Avila is a member of the Colorado Springs City Council who represents southeastern portion of the city. A Colorado Springs native and graduate of Colorado College, Avila is the past president of the Colorado Springs Adult Blind Association and an activist for better public transportation.

Ana Rosa Ornelas Hernandez is a native of Mexico who grew up in Magdalena, Jalisco, before attending high school and then studying business administration at the university in Guadalajara. She worked in the banking industry for 17 years before coming to the United States in 2002. She helps run the family business, Carniceria Leonelas, which has supplied “Latina Voices” with complimentary treats since its inception eight years ago.

Most recently featured in the Denver production of Real Woman Have Curves, Magally Luna has long been a performer with Denver’s bilingual theater, SuTeatro, and also has performed at the Arvada Center. She is the Spanish teacher at the Denver Waldorf School. Besides acting, she is a salsa musician, having performed with Kizumba and Barrio Funk. She recently released an original bilingual CD, “Pearl Moon.”

Luna will be accompanied by Debra Gallegos, another actor, singer, musician from SuTeatro and other Denver theatrical outlets. No stranger to Colorado Springs audiences, Gallegos has performed previously at “Latina Voices.”

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