Events / Eventos



Agradecemos a la familia Hernández por ofrecer tan amablemente su hogar para celebrar nuestra fiesta anual de Navidad.

Fecha: Domingo 11 de diciembre, 2011

Hora: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Lugar: Casa de Juan y Carmen Hernández
150 Rolling Meadow Drive
Bangor, ME 04401
Tel: 433-7556

Comida y bebida: Este es un evento tipo “potluck”.

“Yankee swap”: Este juego se ha covertido en una tradición Navideña de CHISPA. Consiste en que cada persona traiga un regalito envuelto.
Por favor no gasten más de $5.

Productos para la despensa: Esta ha sido una nueva idea en los ultimos dos años y nos gustaría hacerla una tradición Navideña de CHISPA.
[Marker]Se les pide que por favor traigan algun producto en lata, o en caja que no se heche a perder. Tendremos una, o dos cajas esperando su donativo para llevarlo a Spruce Run.

Direcciones: La casa se encuentra a la izquierda – busquen los globos – Estacionarse en la calle.

Por favor vengan! Se divertirán, se los garantizamos.

Favor de confirmar a Lina Vydas at: o a Juan 433-7556,
o llamen al 207-990-8977 a mas tardar el 10 de diciembre.




We are grateful to the Hernandez Family for graciously accepting to host our annual holiday gathering.

Date: Sunday, December  11, 2011

Time: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Place:Juan y Carmen Hernandez Residence
150 Rolling Meadow Drive
Bangor, ME 04401
Tel: 433-7556

Food and drink: This is a potluck event.

Yankee swap: This has become a CHISPA holiday tradition. Each person should ideally bring a wrapped gift.
If you purchase it, please spend no more than $5.

Food pantry items: This was a new feature last 2 years, and we would like to make it a CHISPA holiday tradition.
We encourage you to bring along some canned goods or other nonperishables. We’ll have a box or two awaiting your items, and after the
event, we will take them to Spruce Run.


The house is located on the left .  please look for balloons – please park on the street.

Please come! A good time is guaranteed.
RSVP 433-7556 or email: to, or call 990-8977.  Please no later than December 10th.

The cornerstone of the CHISPA’s mission is celebrating the major holidays and historic accomplishments of Spanish speaking countries.  Participants in these events exhibit great pride in sharing their country’s cultural heritage and history.  Similarly, the community is welcome to participate; many of these events demonstrate their country’s history, cultural foods, and current issues.  In addition to cultural programming, CHISPA sponsors lecture series, traditional Hispanic programs for children that introduce the language and cultural of Latin American, and participates in local community festivals.



Los cimientos en los que la misión de CHISPA se basa, tienen por objeto celebrar los días festivos y los logros históricos de los países hispanos que forman parte de la organización. Los participantes en estos eventos muestran gran orgullo al compartir su herencia cultural e histórica. De igual manera, se invita a la comunidad en general a participar: muchos de estos eventos muestran la historia de su país, su comida y asuntos de actualidad. Además de los programas culturales; CHISPA patrocina una serie de conferencias, programas tradicionales hispaños para niños, en donde se introduce el lenguaje y la erencia cultural Hispano-Americana; así mismo participa en festivales de la comunidad local.


8 Responses to “Events / Eventos”

  1. Maria Rave Says:

    Asamblea general de CHISPA el domingo 14 de octubre de 2012 a las 2:30 pm en Thistles Restaurant 175 Exchange St. Bangor, ME.
    Favor traer un plato tipico de su pais para compartir y su talento musical,etc.
    Los esperamos para cerrar el Mes de la Hispanidad con alegria.
    Maria Rave- Presidente

  2. Maria Rave Says:

    gracias Lina,
    Esperamos que todos vengan, y que traigan invitados.

  3. Lina Vydas Says:

    Domingo 13 de mayo se celebrara el Dia de las Madres con una comida en Panda Garden 123 Franklin St. Bangor, a las
    2:00 pm
    Domingo 27 de mayo a las 11 am se llevara el picnic latino en Peaks Kenney State Park pueden reservar para acampar si desean pernoctar, o solamente pasar el dia. Llevar un platillo para compartir.
    Domingo 10 de junio a las 2:30 pm Fiesta con pinata para celebrar el fin de cursos de los ninos.
    Sunday May 13th Mother’s Day will be celebrated at Panda Garden 123 Frankiln St., Bangor, at 2 pm
    Sunday May 27th at 11 am – Picnic Latino at Peaks Kenney State Park – You may reserve a spot to camp if you wish to stay overnite.
    Sunday June 10th at 2:30 pm Fiesta/pinata for children to celebrate the end of the school year.

    • Lina Vydas Says:

      CHISPA Centro Hispano is proud to present our fifth Annual Lectures Series to celebrate the Hispanic
      Heritage Month at the Bangor Public Library, Lecture Room.

      September 15th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
      “From Physician to Writer: Living the Passion of Life’s Experience.” By Margarita Kullick, Mexican author of “La hora del perdón.”
      Celebrated Mexican author and physician from Washington, DC, Dr. Kullick will share her life’s experiences and observations that led her to write her first book,” La hora del perdón”. Inspired by the people and friends she made during her travels and work from Mexico to India, to the United States, and to Japan. Dr. Kullick will elaborate on the colorful and fantastic stories that provided the background for her first book. Dr. Kullick will engage the audience with much passion and enthusiasm and hopes to spark the desire to write about their life’s experiences.

      Dr. Kullick’s book will be available for sale at every venue. All proceeds from the book will go towards a scholarship foundation for Latino youths in the Washington, DC area.

      Thursday, September 20th from 6:30 – 7:45 pm
      “On the Road in Peru with Veteran Traveller Andy Sandweiss”
      By: Andy Sandweiss.
      Andy was born in Bangor, Maine. He is currently in his second year at Bangor High School where he is involved in Jazz Band and Debate as well as academics, for which he has won several awards. Due to his Peruvian heritage, Andy has travelled extensively throughout Peru for almost 15 years. He will share his
      experience, knowledge, and love of Peru in his talk.

      September 27th from 6:30 – 7:45 pm
      “Mexico,Si se puede”
      By Raúl Urbina.
      Raul is native of Mexico City. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maine. He is part of the UMaine’s Tidal Energy Team. After receiving a Master’s degree from the University of Maine in 2000, Raul returned to Mexico where he worked for a transnational
      company in the energy sector for 7 years. He will share his view of the potential that Mexico has to become a major player in the global economy.

      Thursday, October 4th from 6:30 – 7:45 pm
      “Cuba: Myths and Realities”
      By: Emily Albee, Barbara Blazej, Elizabeth Detwiler and Maria Sandweiss
      Emily Albee, M.Ed. UMaine, teaches history at Hampden Academy. She participated in the UMaine travel study course in Cuba taught by Professors Barbara Blazej and Phyllis Brazee.
      Barb Blazej is adjunct faculty with the Peace & Reconciliation Studies Program at the University of Maine. She has traveled to Cuba several times in the past few years, including a trip in March 2012 with a group of students from UMaine. She also works for the Restorative Justice Project in Belfast.
      Elizabeth Detwiler is an undergraduate anthropology major at UMaine and a student in the Cuba course last spring. This summer she returned to Cuba to do research.
      Maria Sandweiss is a native of Peru and a Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Maine. Last Spring, she participated as a student on the University’s travel study course in Cuba.

      Thursday, October 11th from 6:30 – 7:45 pm
      “Looking to cook something different? Come and see us…We can help you”
      By Juan Hernandez from Puerto Rico and Alejandro Rave from Argentina.
      Juan is the Director of the US Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service for the State of Maine. Hernández received his BS in Agronomy Science from the University of Puerto Rico in 1998.
      Alejandro Rave is a renowned international chef and owner of Thistles Restaurant in Bangor. Professionally trained opera singer who toured throughout Latin America, Chef Rave’s passion for cooking started in his native land with stops in Colombia and Florida before arriving to Maine
      Have you been in the fresh produce section or the international aisle at your supermarket and wondered what to do with these strange looking foods? Well, wonder no more. Throughout this presentation we will give you tips for cooking Latin-American foods, showing you how to handle produce and products, and
      will share “secret” family recipes.


      For more information about CHISPA Centro Hispano, please contact us at: or call Maria Rave, President at 207.735.5480.

      Follow us on Facebook: Chispa – Centro Hispano group

      Visit our web

      • Lina Vydas Says:

        The first lecture at the Bangor Public Library, where Dr. Margarita Kullick was the speaker, took place in a most intimate and relaxed atmosphere. She talked, among other things, about how she decided to write her book, “La hora del perdón”, which will be translated into English, and other languages in the not so distant future. She covered many aspects of the writing process for which she has taken several courses, and mentioned a couple of the stories in her book, and the technical aspects of the writen word in fiction. She also shared her experience as a nephrologist and internist, and how she uses alternative medicine as well as modern medicine in her Washington, D.C. practice. Her travels to India and Japan have enriched her life fueling her vivid imagination in story telling. It was a delightful one hour talk that ended much too soon!

  4. Lina Vydas Says:

    April 9th at noon WOW – Women of the World – will hold its montly lunchon at the Univesal Fellowship Church in Orono. Comida del Perú.
    WOW meets on the second Monday of the month, from September to May, at noon, at the Church of Universal Fellowship, Main Street, Orono. Reservation is not required unless otherwise noted.
    January 9, 2012 Soups, Salads and Desserts from around the world
    February 13, 2012 Caribbean
    March 12, 2012 International Women’s Day
    * April 9, 2012 Peru
    May 14, 2012 Middle Eastern
    Contact information:
    For more information about WOW, please call Mireille Le Gal at 581-3423, or email,

  5. Lina Vydas Says:

    CHISPA Centro Hispano Lecture Series 2011

    In keeping with its mission to inform the public of Hispanic heritage and culture, the nonprofit organization CHISPA Centro Hispano is pleased to announce the following activities at the Bangor Public Library.

    CHISPA presents a four session lecture series beginning September 15th on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:40 at the Bangor Public Library (Lecture Room).

    CHISPA is also pleased to present “Activities with Amigos”, a bilingual children’s event featuring members of CHISPA leading children’s activities and reading stories from Latin countries in the Story Room on Saturday, October 15th at 10am.

    There is something for everyone, so please join us as we celebrate Hispanic Culture Month!

    September 15th:

    “Spanish is not my Mother Tongue: Resilience among Indigenous Peoples of Latin America”

    By Dr. Constanza Ocampo-Raeder
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Anthropology
    University of Maine
    Constanza Ocampo-Raeder has been working with indigenous peoples of Latin America for over 15 years both in the Amazon rainforest and Central America. Her researches focuses on understanding human nature interactions and how indigenous
    people interact with environmental initiatives and projects. She received Phd from Stanford University and is currently an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Maine.

    September 22

    “Who’s an Alien?”

    By Maria Sandweiss
    Lecturer in Spanish
    Department of Modern Languages and Classics
    University of Maine
    María Sandweiss
    María Sandweiss was born in Lima, Peru. She studied Social Sciences and Archaeology at San Marcos University in Lima. She came to the United States in 1987 and began working at the University of Maine in 1995. She received her Master’s
    degree from UMaine in 2010. She is currently a Lecturer of Spanish at the University. Her interests are: immigration and teaching Spanish and Latino culture.

    September 29th:

    “Learning Spanish in Bangor: what public schools have to offer to our community”

    By Graciela S. Dorsa.
    Spanish teacher at Bangor High School.

    Graciela Dorsa was born in Argentina, she has been teaching Spanish as a Second Language for 15 years in the United States. She has been teaching students in different levels from Elementary School to College. After obtaining a BS and Master
    degrees in Pedagogy at the Catholic University of Argentina, she moved to West Virginia, where she obtained a Master degree in Foreign Language Teaching and Latin-American Literature at West Virginia University. In 2006, she earned an Advanced
    Graduate Certificate on Psychology and Education of Gifted and Talented Students from the Catholic University of Chile.
    She is currently a Spanish teacher at Bangor High School.

    October 6th:

    “American Men married to Latin American Women”.

    A panel discussion with American men who are married to women from

    Spanish-speaking countries and the unique experiences and challenges they face adjusting to their lives in the family/culture.

    October 15th:

    “Activities with Amigos”, a bilingual children’s event (10:00 to 10:45am.)

    By members of CHISPA
    children’s activities and reading stories from Spanish-speaking countries.

    For more information about CHISPA Centro Hispano, please contact Maria Rave, President @ 207.735.5480

  6. Lina Says:

    Lecture Series 2011 to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month at the Bangor Library 6:30 – 7:40 pm

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