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"Sesame Street" to be a part of TCC's cultural events

September 3, 2014

The Virginian-Pilot

Sept. 03--Sonia Manzano, best known for her role as Maria on "Sesame Street," will be the keynote speaker for Tidewater Community College's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Manzano will speak on Oct. 1 at both the Virginia Beach and Norfolk campuses.

Town Hall Q&A -- 12:30 p.m. at Virginia Beach Student Center, Room K320

Talk and book signing -- 5 p.m. (reception) and 6 p.m. (talk with book signing) at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk.


The theme of all of TCC's cultural activities and events for 2014-15 is "Changing America."

"We chose to explore this theme because it encourages students to think beyond traditional categories such as gender, race, ethnicity and culture to better understand the impact that social movements have on life in the United States," said Jeanne Natali, director of the Office for Intercultural Learning.

TCC's events and activities, beginning Sept. 12 and will run through Oct. 9, and will explore this theme by recognizing the spirit and contributions of Hispanic Americans, not only in this community, but nationwide.

For questions, contact TCC's Information Center, 757-822-1122. For campus locations, maps and driving directions, visit

Sonia Manzano, a presence on public television since the 1970s, is best known for playing Maria on "Sesame Street." After 10 years as an actress, Manzano began writing scripts for the series and has 15 Emmy Awards as part of the "Sesame Street" writing staff. Manzano also wrote for the Peabody Award-winning children's series "Little Bill" for Nickelodeon.

Manzano's first picture book, "No Dogs Allowed!" was published in 2004. General Mills gave away 1.5 million copies of the book in boxes of Cheerios, as part of its Spoonfuls of Reading program. "No Dogs Allowed!" was turned into a musical presented by the Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables, Fla., in 2006. Her second book, "A Box Full of Kittens," was published in 2007. Currently Manzano is writing a blog for Catalina Magazine and working on a memoir.


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