Mexican cuisine, Latinas & Power, SCOW blood drive and other events to check out

From the Latinas & Power Symposium, to a former Cuban-Honduran “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner headlining a stand-up charity event, to a Mexican culinary experience at a Waterbury museum, Connecticut has a series of Latin events coming up that appeal to various interests.

Here are five in-state events you can add to your May and June calendars.

Waterbury museumto host Mexicanculinary experience

WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum, 144 W. Main St., is hosting a Mexican-American culinary experience on Friday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Mariana Gonzalez-Trasvina, a James Beard Award nominee and executive chef at Bar Cino in Newport, Rhode Island, and La Vecina Taqueria.

She will demonstrate and serve a three-course dinner inspired by her Mexican heritage. General admission for this event is $10, which includes the cooking demonstration, three-course dinner, and one cocktail or mocktail. Guests can purchase tickets on the Mattatuck Museum website.

Latinas & PowerSymposium celebrates 20th anniversary

HARTFORD — The Latinas & Power Symposium is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd., on Thursday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Tapping into Your Power.” The in-person day-long event will feature speakers, panels, networking opportunities, a vendor showcase, and an awards ceremony to honor the 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year, Latina Champions, and Company of the Year.

The annual event is for anyone starting their career path, a small business owner, or even a seasoned professional.

Business leader and author Deborah Rosado Shaw, a former SVP and chief of global diversity and engagement for Pepsi, will return as this year’s keynote speaker at the symposium.

Also returning, Andrea Navedo, best known for her role as Xiomara “Xo” Villanueva in the CW comedy-drama series “Jane the Virgin,” will speak at the event.

Ticket prices range from $100 to $175 and include event admission, vendor and exhibitor market access, lunch, and a post-event networking reception at 5 p.m. Guests can purchase tickets on the Eventbrite website.

Cuban-Honduran “RuPaul’s Drag Race” comic to headline New Havencharity event

NEW HAVEN — Cuban-Honduran comic and season six winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Bianca Del Rio will headline Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and New Reach’s Stand Up Against Homelessness event on Thursday, June 1 at 8 p.m.

The second annual charity event will include performances by Del Rio and stand-up comedian Gianmarco Soresi.

Del Rio is a breakout star of the hit reality drag competition. She is known for her shocking humor and impeccable timing, earning the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World” title by The New York Times. Soresi has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Jennifer Lopez, Billy Crystal and Tracy Morgan.

All proceeds from the event will go to New Reach, a non-profit New Haven-based organization with the mission of housing and supporting the homeless populations in Connecticut.

The event will be held at the College Street Music Hall theater, located at 238 College St. Ticket prices range from $59 to $185, and guests can buy tickets on the Eventbrite website.

Casa Havana Cigar Lounge to host first comedy night

MONROE — Casa Havana Cigar Lounge, 446 Main St., is hosting its first comedy night on Saturday, June 10, from 6-10 p.m.

New York-based stand-up comedian Mike Keegan will headline alongside Autumn Harvest, Fat Jay and Chris Williamson.

Long Island-based comedian John Butera will host the event. Seating for the event begins at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $40 per person and includes a light dinner along with a complimentary cigar.

Guests can purchase tickets on the Eventbrite website.

The SCOW tohost a communityblood drive

WALLINGFORD — On Saturday, June 10, the Spanish Community of Wallingford, 284 Washington St., is hosting a community blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, to make an appointment or donate to the non-profit humanitarian organization, participants can call 1-800-RED CROSS or sign up online at with sponsor code SCOW.

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