LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will mark Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday with their 16th annual La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers starting at 2 p.m. PT, with Dodger Stadium auto gates opening at 1:30 p.m.
La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers is the culmination of a season-long series of family-friendly events celebrating Latino culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latino Dodgers past and present. Admission to the event is free those with tickets to the 6:10 p.m. game against the Giants, which is sold out.
Current Dodgers Ronald Belisario, Adrian Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston, Kenley Jansen and Juan Uribe are scheduled to appear. Gonzalez and Jansen will participate in a Q&A session, as will Spanish-language broadcasters Jaime Jarrin, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yniguez. Jarrin will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
Belisario, Gonzalez, Hairston and Uribe will sign autographs, as will alumni Billy Ashley, Bobby Castillo, Lou Johnson, Ken Landreaux and Manny Mota.
Gonzalez's Viva Los Dodgers will host families from Alma Family Services, an organization dedicated to advancing the quality of life of families and individuals coping with a range of needs. Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy, have hosted groups throughout the season.
Maria E. Avila, youth leader of Alma Family Services, will be recognized with the "Heroe de la Comunidad" award for leadership and service in the Latino and greater Los Angeles community.
Entertainment will be provided by KCRW DJ Raul Campos, Jungle Fire, El Conjunto Nueva Ola and La Charanga Cubana. Trio Ellas will provide entertainment for fans in the autograph lines.
As part of Kellogg's Hispanic Heritage Family Day, fans will receive a Hispanic Heritage booklet when they enter the stadium that features Fernando Valenzuela. Tony the Tiger will visit the Kids' Zone during the game. The event is presented by Coca-Cola, State Farm, Time Warner Cable and Chevrolet.