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The Queen Ann Nzinga Center will present a Hispanic Heritage Celebration Saturday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. with free food, dancing, live music, storytelling, games, arts and crafts, raffles and giveaways.

Beginning at 1 p.m., visitors to the Stockman Gallery at Trinity-on-Main, 19 Chestnut St., New Britain, may visit a variety of booths offering food, health and wellness information and activities.

Storyteller and author Doris Mercado will begin storytelling at 1:30 p.m. Mercado, author of the memoir, “The Armor of Love and Hope,” will weave her insights on love, trauma, leadership and success into her family friendly stories.

Award-winning dance instructor Frank Rende, owner of the Hartford Dance Studio, will provide free salsa dance lessons at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the Connecticut duo ARKATEX will perform live. The duo, Unique and Ralfy Rodriguez, creates a sound with deep roots in hip hop and R & B that’s mixed with a Latin twist. Their energetic music blends pop with a deep, soulful, urban style.

This free, family friendly event, appropriate for children and teens ages 5 and up, is made possible thanks to generous donations from J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Greater Hartford Art Council, the City of New Britain, and American Savings Foundation.