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Community : Lucy is BACK!!!!
Posted by admin on 2007/8/18 7:30:00 (1544 reads)

At our weekly Latin Party @ Club Rain, we had this Friday a very nice surprise!!! Lucy is back!!!! She recovered from her surgery and while she won't be able to dance yet for a while, we are very happy to have her back with us!!!!

Lucy, welcome back!!! We've missed you!!!!


Otherwise it was just another great Latin night in Dayton's Club Rain

Latin Thunder parties in Dayton's Club Rain ara the HOTTEST Latin parties in Dayton!!!! Every Friday at 10 PM, with free Merengue and Salsa Dance lessons at 10:15 PM.

More pictures are in Dayton section of our Photo Gallery.

In September we'll have "Back to School: Latin College Nights"! All college students with valid student ID will get FREE before 11 PM!!! 

And remember: DRESS TO IMPRESS!!!! Dress code is enforced!

Community : Volunteers Needed - Air Force Marathon (Sat, Sept. 15)
Posted by admin on 2007/8/17 13:30:00 (1544 reads)


On, Saturday, September 15th is the Air Force marathonSHPE OHIO-Southwest (OHIO-SW) Chapter is going to host a water station for the 3rd Year.  

We’re looking for fresh ideas on a theme.  We’re going to give away a FREE SHPE Membership ($45) to the person with the best idea.  Please send your ideas to Adrian Palomino, our POC for the water station.  .  Send it in no later than THIS Friday, August 17th by 5PM.   (Please be specific, what decorations, what should everyone wear, etc.)                   

We need more volunteers!  Currently we have 14.  Time needed from 6AM – 3:30PM.  Please contact ADRIAN PALOMINO with the following information: Last Name, First Name, Volunteer Shift (6AM - 3:30 PM)

Events : Hot Havana Nights @ Havana Martini Club (August 15, 2007)
Posted by admin on 2007/8/16 15:30:00 (2101 reads)


Another great night at Havana Martini Club More pictures are in our Photo Gallery (click here...)

Happy Birthday to our lovely birthday girls, and a farewell dance for Julieta who is going back to Italy to study.

HOTTEST Wednesday nights
with hottest Salsa dancers in town
- the "Havana Nights".  In the most classy Salsa location in town, according to Cincinnati Enquirer (click here to read the article...)!!!

With FREE admission, FREE dance lessons, Cincinnati's BEST Salsa dancers, and the BEST Latino DJ in town, the legendary Rudy Alvarez, spinning the hottest Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata music, this is the undisputed place to be on Wednesday nights... 

The new Havana Martini Club is located on 5th Street, between Race and Vine Streets.

Community : Protests against WLW new commercials
Posted by admin on 2007/8/15 10:30:00 (1474 reads)


Several Cincinnati organizations that signed a request to WLW 700 Radio Station for an immidiate removal of the "Big Juan" ads (to see the press release click here), finding it insensitive and offending to the Latino/Hispanic community, are uniting again. It is caused by recent on-air advertisement which is transcribed below:

{Male announcer}
“Illegal Aliens, they are here and they don’t speak English which makes talking to an illegal alien difficult.” So here are a few useful phrases next time you converse with an illegal alien:
{Woman speaking Spanish}
{Male announcer translating} If anyone asks, tell them you are an exchange student from Sweden.
{Woman speaking Spanish}
{Male announcer translating} Be careful with those hedge clippers around the garden”

You can also read an article in Cincinnati Enquirer (click here...)

According to LULAC’s Jason Riveiro,” WLW General Manager Chuck Fredrick met with Hispanic leaders last May and committed to cleaning up the stations actions in order to prevent future offensive material. Mr. Fredrick also claimed that the station would make a change in policy and that he would have the final say in all advertising/marketing campaigns. Unfortunately, Mr. Fredrick has already failed on his commitment. The local community is outraged that the station is deliberately demeaning them in an effort to increase ratings and profit at the station.” LULAC and several other organizations such as:

Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, Inc.
American Jewish Committee
Council on Arab and Islamic Relations (CAIR)
NAACP of Hamilton/Fairfield/West Chester/Lebanon
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1099

are demanding that Mr. Fredrick be removed from his position and that the demeaning advertisements stop. They also want to have a community advisory board appointed in order to work with the station’s management to prevent future misconduct by the station.

LULAC is calling for a picketing protests against the “Speaking to An Illegal Alien” ads on Tuesday, August 21, from 4 - 6PM at  700 WLW Offices (CHASE BUILDING) at 8044 Montgomery Road, Suite 650, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236 (ON THE SIDEWALK ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING).

Community : Grupo Fuego releases its 2nd Album
Posted by admin on 2007/8/15 6:40:00 (1562 reads)


 After the success of their debut album, which elevated the band to international status, our friends from Grupo Fuego came back with their sophomore effort titled: “The Element”. The album's concept describes Grupo Fuego’s maturity, inspiration, energy, and creative force, also qualities of “Fire” as one of the four elements. This musical production sets new heights for Grupo Fuego due to its musical variety, balance, richer melodies, and energetic material from start to end. “The Element” was again produced by 3 time Grammy winner, Freddy Mendez, who already knows and understands Grupo Fuego’s chemistry, delivering a more powerful sound. It was also an honor for Grupo Fuego to have a special participation from Humberto Ramirez, great musician and music arranger from Puerto Rico, in the salsa version of the song “Sueño”. On this musical production, Grupo Fuego continues the journey of pleasing the dancer as well as the listener by delivering fire transformed into music and movement.

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Events : Cincinnati Street Salsa Competition August 17th
Posted by admin on 2007/8/13 15:10:00 (3221 reads)

The 2007 Social Street Salsa Competition organized by Cincinnati Dancesport will be held on Friday, August 17th, at Sheraton Cincinnati Airport Hotel (ph: 859-371-5166), located at the Cincinnati Airport on Terminal Road.

Contestants should be at the hotel by 7PM and register with Cincinnati Dancesport to get their competition numbers and pay their fees. The fee is $20 per couple for the competition - the entry to the ballroom will be complimentary for them.

The top 6 couples are announced. The top 3 couples will win cash prizes. (There is a total of $475 awarded.)

To see pictures from 2006 competition, please visit our Photo Gallery (click here)

Education : Education For Success (Sept. 18th)
Posted by admin on 2007/8/12 20:00:00 (1668 reads)

National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA), together with Univ. of Cincinnati, will present on Saturday, September 15 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 


a free Program for Hispanic High School Students.  

The program is designed to help 13-18 year old Hispanics from Greater Cincinnati Area High Schools prepare for college and learn the importance of education. The Hispanic population is growing quickly.  With this growth come challenges from both the education system and the community. While the Mission of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s is to increase the number of Hispanics with graduate degrees, we realize that building a pipeline of Hispanic high school students is the key to success in the United States.  

•    Date: Saturday, September 15 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
•    Location: University of Cincinnati, Main Campus Richard E. Lindner Center (Faculty Club). 8th Floor
•    Eligibility:  Latino/Hispanic Freshman through Senior     High School Students
•    Cost:  Free (includes free Continental Breakfast and Lunch)
•    Registration Required. Available at or call 513-602-6100, we’ll send you one.

NSHMBA wants YOU to go to the best COLLEGE for you!! And we’ll help you get there!! 

The program will help participants to:

•    Choose the best way to prepare for the SAT and ACT tests.
•    Choose the BEST College for YOU.
•    Work with College Admissions.
•    Fill out College Applications.
•    Prepare for college interviews.
•    Apply for Financial Aid.

“Going to College Fashion Show”
Enjoy a college fashion show while eating your lunch! Flip flops or no flip-flops? We’ll answer your hardest dress code questions.

Don’t Miss This Opportunity!! To meet with members of the National Board of Directors of NSHMBA, meet local successful Hispanic professionals & Meet the UC Chapter of ΑΨΛ - Alpha Psi Lambda Fraternity Inc.

If you know a Hispanic High School student, please tell them about this event.

To Register:  Contact Alma Bartos, Vice-President of Education of the Greater Cincinnati NSHMBA Chapter, (Cell): (513) 602-6100 or email to:

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Community : Ohio Commision on Hispanic/Latino Affairs names Community Liaison Officer
Posted by admin on 2007/8/12 6:20:00 (1530 reads)

Columbus, OH - Lilleana Calderon Cavanaugh has been named Community Liaison of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, effective August 6th, announced Ezra Escudero, Director of the Commision.

A native of Costa Rica and long term Ohio resident, Lilleana is responsible for developing liaison roles with state and federal agencies, national organizations, private business, labor, religious institutions and community organizations whose goal is to implement programs and improve policies that focus on the Latino community.

Specifically, Cavanaugh will put into operation programs of public awareness regarding Ohioans of Hispanic/Latino heritage. In this role, she will provide technical assistance to local organizations serving Latino throughout the State, while assisting them to identify resources available to Hispanic/Latino communities and organizations. With an explicit focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by Latinos in Ohio, Lilleana will coduct and implement investigations, public forums, hearings, education programs and conferences conducive to building cooperation and understanding. "By having a Community Relations Liaison, OCHLA seeks to connect and network at many levels. We want to work with the diverse Latino communities and organizations across the State, as well as the private and public sectors. Our objective is to build capacity, share information and knowledge so that Hispanics can integrate better in their communities and become responsible active citizens in the State of Ohio," expressed Ezra Escudero, OCHLA's Director.

Lilleana holds a Master of Business Administration degreee from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix. She is an experienced cross cultural and diversity trainer/consultant. Cavanaugh has actively participated in Hispanic community organizations and provided advisory services to public and private sectors regarding Latinos and other ethnic minorities.

The purpose of the Ohio Commision on Hispanic/Latino Affairs is to advise state goverment on issues affecting Hispanic Ohians, to connect the diverse Latino communities across the state, and to build the capacity of community organizations so they may better serve the fast growing Latino population of Ohio. Persons or groups interested in knowing more about Ohio Latino Affairs can contact at (614) 466-8333 or

Events : Latin Thunder @ Dayton's Club Rain (August 10)
Posted by admin on 2007/8/11 7:30:00 (1400 reads)


Another hot Latin night in Dayton's Club Rain, this Friday, August 10th!! More pictures are in Dayton section of our Photo Gallery. 

Latin Thunder parties in Dayton's Club Rain ara the HOTTEST Latin parties in Dayton!!!! Every Friday at 10 PM, with free Merengue and Salsa Dance lessons at 10:15 PM.

Also, we wish Lucy Vasques, our most loyal supporter, a speedy recovery! Lucy, we miss you and hope to have you back with us soon!!!! 

Community : Two Latinos Elected to 2007 "Forty Under 40" winners
Posted by admin on 2007/8/10 15:00:00 (1654 reads)

Antonio Muñiz-Olán 

Antonio Muñiz-Olán, President and Principal Agent of Muñiz & Associates LLC, and Jason Riveiro, Ohio Deputy Director and president of Cincinnati chapter, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), were named to the Business Courier`s Forty Under 40 Class of 2007. Established in 1995, this prestigious program honors 40 young business, community and economic leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area for excellence-in and out of the office.

Competition for this year´s program was intense with nearly 300 applications. A sixteen-member panel consisting of Fourty Under 40 alumni made the selections.
Antonio and Jason, along with his fellow 2007 classmates, will be honored at a prestigious awards luncheon and celebration at Paul Brown Stadium-Club East. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2007.  For additional details regarding this event please call Joy Lytle 513-337-9467 or visit

Sponsors for the 2007 program include, gold level: Northern Kentucky University, Fidelity Investments and Thompson Hine; silver level: Time Warner Cable Business Class, Jaguar of Cincinnati and KPMG; Web partner: Libertas Technologies.

We congratulate both of the winners!!!!

Events : Salsa Caliente @ Havana Martini Club this Saturday (August 4))
Posted by admin on 2007/8/2 21:40:00 (1409 reads)


As every 1st Saturday of the month,  Salsa Caliente will be performing this Saturday, August 4th, at Havana Martini Club!!! The hottest Salsa Band in the hottest and most classy club in town (Read the review posted on Tuesday, May 29th, in LIFE section in Cincinnati Enquirer (click here...)!!!

Community : 3rd Annual Cincinnati Int'l Fiesta (Sunday, July 29)
Posted by admin on 2007/7/30 8:20:00 (1943 reads)

The 3rd Annual International Fiesta on Sunday, July 29th on the Fountain Square (5th and Vine) in Downtown Cincinnati. was a huge successs!!!

 Cincinnati  Mayor Mark Mallory proclaimed July 29th, the International Day in Cincinnati, stating that ”Cincinnati International Fiesta” provides an opportunity to educate the public and one another about each individual nationality, to build friendships and understanding, to promote and preserve the cultures of Cincinnati’s different ethnic groups, and to celebrate diversity at its best.


To see more pictures from the 2007 Cincinnati International Fiesta, please visit our Photo Gallery (click here)

To see pictures from the previous years, please go to:

2005 Cincinnati International Fiesta

2006 Cincinnati International Fiesta

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors:


and our Media Sponsors


If you would like to get involved in  the 4th Annual  Cincinnati International Fiesta in 2008, please  email us at:

Community : Latin Thunder @ Dayton's Club Rain (July 27)
Posted by admin on 2007/7/28 8:10:00 (1465 reads)


Another hot Latin night in Dayton's Club Rain, this Friday, July 27th!! More pictures are in Dayton section of our Photo Gallery. 

Latin Thunder parties in Dayton's Club Rain ara the HOTTEST Latin parties in Dayton!!!! Every Friday at 10 PM, with free Merengue and Salsa Dance lessons at 10:15 PM.

Also, we wish Lucy Vasques, our most loyal supporter, a speedy recovery! Lucy, we miss you and hope to have you back with us soon!!!! 

Events : Celebrate Fiestas Patrias @ "El Pollon" (Sat. July 28)
Posted by admin on 2007/7/27 9:10:00 (1369 reads)

Ven a celebrar Fiestas Patrias con nosotros........ 

Come to celebrate Fiestas Patrias, the Peruvian Independence Day  with "Peña Criolla"

It's FREE 

Saturday, July 28th, 2-4pm

"El Pollon"
65601 Dixie Hwy
Fairfield, Ohio 45014

Phone: 513-942-7222

Events : FREE "El Cantante" tickets and Posters giveaway this Friday, July 27th
Posted by admin on 2007/7/26 12:30:00 (2276 reads)

El Cantante

This Friday, July 27th, we'll be giving away:

* FREE coupons to win a trip for 2 to New York or an "El Cantante" t-Shirt
, and
* FREE tickets
for the upcoming movie  El Cantante with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

If you would like to win one, please stop this
Friday, July 27th at:

1) FREE Tropicoso concert in Fairfield

2) Salsa Party with DJ Rudy @ The Corinthian"

3) LATIN THUNDER @ Club Rain (Dayton, OH)

The FREE movie will be on Thursday, August 2nd, 7 PM, at Newport on the Levee.

‘El Cantante’ elebrates the life and music of the legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe, a pioneer of the sound and sensibility that redefined Latin music in the 1960s and 1970s.  Directed by Leon Ichaso, the film is a labor of love for its stars, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, who are both New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent.  Shepherded to the screen and produced by Lopez, EL CANTANTE portrays an era when a new sense of national identity and pride took root in Puerto Rican communities across the U.S.  Hector Lavoe’s music was both a soundtrack to and affirmation of that awakening, and that music courses joyfully through EL CANTANTE.

Spanning the 1960s to the 1980s, EL CANTANTE charts Lavoe’s rapid rise to success and fame as an artist whose music combined Puerto Rican tradition with streetwise modernity, unabashed emotion with straightforward realism.  It reveals the singer not only as an architect of salsa but as its soul; the kind of artist, like Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf or La Lupe, who forges an uncanny emotional bond with his audience.  Love, pain, joy, pride, sorrow, endurance: Lavoe’s singing contained the raw stuff of life as ordinary people -- and he himself -- knew it.  As Lavoe, Anthony mines the contradictory essence of a gifted man who could express anything with his music, but channeled his inner turmoil into a host of self-destructive behaviors.  Anthony’s intensity and honesty is matched by that of Lopez, who portrays Lavoe’s indomitable wife, Puchi.  In their first onscreen pairing, the real-life couple captures the complex dynamics of a relationship between two bright, funny and flawed human beings who loved, battled and forgave one another for twenty years, until Lavoe’s death in 1993.

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