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Byline: Erik Nelson Staff Writer

Thousands of fans got to celebrate the Dodgers with a Latin flavor Sunday as the team treated ticketholders to the third annual Viva Los Dodgers Latino Heritage Celebration.

It was a chance for Sergio Buenrostro, 28, of Pacoima to take advantage of free salsa dance lessons being offered by the radio station Viva 107.1.

``It all depends on the girlfriend,'' he said, leaning toward 26-year-old Letty Sandoval of West Covina, who stood with him watching about 60 people packed onto the radio station's dance floor under an awning.

``We're just going to hang out and see the show,'' said Sandoval as her boyfriend accused her of being shy. ``Besides, he's got two left feet.''

The event featured a bigger stage and bigger stars to fill it than in the two previous years, said John Thomas, the Dodgers' account executive in charge of the event.

Veronica and Bernie Bran of East Los Angeles, 28 and 30, respectively, said they came with their 18-month-old son, Cuauhtli, to see musical acts Big Boy from Puerto Rico and Sonora Show from Colombia.

As blond bombshell Viva from Spain strutted around the stage, Christina Lopez, 40, of Granada Hills watched her 6-year-old son, Jose, climbing an inflatable mountain with the aid of a harness and a grown man pulling on the other end of a rope attached to a pulley.

``It's good for the little ones,'' she said with her daughter Adrianna Flores, 14, translating from Spanish into English.

The celebration in Dodgers Parking Lot 38 also featured a mix of Latin and ballpark food, Dodgers players signing autographs, free chances to try out Nintendo's latest baseball video game, and, as Elva Gutierrez, 26, of Burbank put it, ``the free stuff.''

That included a Farmer John booth that offered free plastic coffee mugs or sports bottles that appeared to have baseballs embedded in them for anyone who could toss a plastic red chili pepper into a wicker basket.

It was the second time for Gutierrez and her husband, Frank, who brought his parents, in town visiting from Nicaragua, and his 3-year-old nephew Kevin.

``He plays, he throws and he catches,'' said Kevin's proud uncle as the family prepared to toss their peppers.

It wasn't just fun and games for 21-year-old Maria Sanchez of Compton, however. It was also a way of asserting the presence of Latinos on the Los Angeles city scene.

``It's a whole lot of people getting together and saying that we're here, too,'' she said.

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Susan Vasquez of Carson tests her batting prowess Sunday at the Viva Los Dodgers Latino Heritage Celebration.

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