Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this week with two campus events beginning with several groups from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California performing a free public concert at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Concert Hall at Fresno State. The Concierto Coro Ensenada, Banda de Guerra and tenor José Ortega are in Fresno to participate in the 207th Aniversario de Independencia de México at Fresno City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 13. David Manuel Preciado Juárez, the Cónsul Titular of the Mexican Consulate in Fresno, will welcome the musicians. Universidad Autónoma de Baja California is a public university in the Mexican state of Baja California, one of 43 universities in México’s state university system. They will also perform at the second event, Fresno State’s annual Bienvenida from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, in the Peace Garden presented by the Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association. Consúl Preciado Juarez will lead the traditional Mexican Independence Day battle cry known as “El Grito de Dolores” with student group performances. Hispanic Heritage Month events will continue Sept. 15-Oct. 15. See calendar at Cross Cultural Gender Center (full press release to come).