A public forum will be held to discuss the potential creation of a Latino center in Central Iowa.

The Latino Forum, an offshoot of the Capital Crossroads initiative, is exploring the possibilities for establishing a Latino center that could serve as a bridge with the community at large and could present the Latino culture.

More than 38,000 Latinos live in the Des Moines metropolitan area, but no central organization represents them.

The forum, which will include small-group discussions, will be Feb. 21 at North High School, 501 Holcomb Ave,. from 6:30 to 8 p.m.