Cultural Connections Event Series

The Diversity & Inclusion Commission is pleased to introduce Cultural Connections – an event series that celebrates our differences and provides the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the many cultures within our community.

People learn best through storytelling and who better to hear from than the voices of Elk Grove? This series will consist of short, TED-style talks from people who live, work, and raise families in Elk Grove. Storytellers will share their unique stories, insights, and perspectives on life and their cultural identity and influences.

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Thursday, September 30
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Center at District56
Free Admission

With roots in Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, Cuba, and even the Caribbean, local storytellers will share the traditions, history, and influences that have shaped their lives during this special one-night engagement honoring the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month theme Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.

Event Storytellers

Alejandro Gutierrez
Alejandro Gutierrez
Alejandro grew up in Bolivia and moved to the US 11 years ago where he has lived in Elk Grove for about ten years. He currently teaches in Galt and produces a podcast about the African diaspora. Alejandro also worked in the California State Assembly as a legislative assistant and served as an intern at the United Nations in New York and at the US Embassy in Bolivia.
Dinorah Klingler
Acclaimed multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician, Dinorah has performed for audiences throughout the U.S. and Mexico for over 25 years. Born and raised in Mexico City, she started her musical education at the age of eight years old when she learned to play guitar and quickly developed a passion for Flamenco, Salsa, Bolero, and Ballads. Dinorah has performed with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mariachi Vargas, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Patti Labelle, Celia Cruz, and many more. Based in Sacramento, she is the producer of the Mariachi Festival De Sacramento and director of Dinorah’s Band, Dinorah’s Duet, and Dinorah’s trio. She is also most recently the director of Mariachi Bonitas de Dinorah Klingler.
Gus Vina
Gus Vina
Gustavo F. Vina, age 60, was born in Havana Cuba and was exiled to the USA in 1962. He and his wife of 40 years raised their three daughters in Elk Grove, where they still live. Gus worked in the public sector for almost 40 years, retiring as a City Manager, a role he feels blessed to have done for ten years.
Jenny Rodriguez
Jenny Rodriquez
Jenny Rodriquez is a Sacramento native who is proud of her Mexican roots. Her father is from Jalisco, and her mother from Mexico City.  Jenny, her husband and four children moved to the City of Elk Grove in 2012. She is actively engaged in both the Sacramento/Elk Grove community and plays an active role with EDGE Elk Grove, a committee focused on equity, diversity, and gender empowerment.
Pablo Espinoza
Pablo Espinoza
Pablo Espinoza is a Special Projects Media Consultant for the California State Assembly Democratic Office of Communications and Outreach (DCO) formerly known as the Speaker’s Office of Member Services (SOMS). Prior to joining the Legislature, Pablo spent 15 years as a broadcast journalist for NBC and CBS TV stations in San Antonio, Waco, Fresno, and the Univision network station in Sacramento where he was an anchor, political reporter and host of the network’s statewide public policy program “Voz y Voto.” Pablo has won numerous awards, including two Emmys for his reporting work.

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