2015 Multicultural Calendar

 

 


 

Ongoing Events

International Film Series

Every second Wednesday, 6pm at the library. Free.

 

English Conversation Group

Come practice your English. Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pm, Meeting Room B on the 2nd floor of the library. Free.

 

Spanish Conversation Group

Come practice your Spanish. Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30, Mtg Rm A on the 2nd floor of the library. Free.

 

Mosque Open House

Last Saturday of every month, 11 - 1:30, at Masjed Abu Bakar (17 N Broadway). Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. For more information, call 253-6710 or email Rochester.Mosque@ gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Events & Opportunities

 

This page is updated frequently. Check back often for new event listings. Last updated January 6, 2015.

 

 

Christmas (Orthdodox)

Wednesday, January 7

 

Faith Talk Show: Salt of the Earth

Wednesday, January 7, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

The Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam invites you to this second event in the Faith Talk Show series. Pastor Elizabeth Macaulay of Christ United Methodist Church will be the guest. Watch the December 3 episode here.

 

Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery

Saturday, January 10, 8:30am - noon

Assisi Heights

Learn about labor trafficking and how each of us may be an unwilling participant. Find out the facts and what external forces impact this issue. Determine ways YOU can make a difference. No cost to attend, but please register.

 

New Year (Orthodox)

Wednesday, January 14

 

Makar Sankrant

Wednesday, January 14

An Indian festival celebrating harvest and friendship. Learn more about the history, traditions, and lore of Makar Sankrant.

 

Council on Black Minnesotans Day on the Hill

Thursday, January 15

Meet with legislators to discuss issues that matter to the black community in Minnesota. No cost. The Council on Black Minnesotans will provide transportation for up to 12 people. Email kolloh.nimley@state.mn.us if you are interested. The van will be leaving from RCTC main campus at 8:00 a.m. and return at 5p.m.

 

"Redefining Family" Exhibit

January 15 - February 28

Rochester Civic Theatre lobby gallery

What does family mean to me? What does family look like? Portraits by photographer Ann Eldredge will accompany stories, both reflecting the spirit and personality of a variety of family configurations. Images and words by the public will be added during the exhibit. Open during RCT events or box office hours (M-F, 11am - 3pm). Part of the annual Celebration of Diversity and Inclusivity sponsored by RCT and the Diversity Council

 

Family... in your words and pictures: A community-wide experience

Saturday, January 17, 1 - 4pm

Rochester Civic Theatre. Answer "What does family mean to me? and "What does family look like?" in your own words and drawings. Materials will be provided. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to a three-dimensional community art piece inspired by the theme Redefining Family. All ages and abilities welcome! Refreshment provided. FREE, but reservations required by 1/14 to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org. Part of the annual Celebration of Diversity and Inclusivity sponsored by RCT and the Diversity Council.

 

Panel on Parenting

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am - 12:45pm

Hindu Samaj Temple

ASHA, the women's service wing of Hindu Samaj Temple, invites you to join them for this panel discussion on parenting. Vangie Castro and Savita Katarya from the Diversity Council will be among the panelists. Topics covered will include bullying, addictions, depression, positive reinforcement, and the importance of family and community.

 

MLK Commemorative Service

Sunday, January 18, 3pm

Rochester Community Baptist Church (1048 6th Ave SE)

Keynote speaker Dr. Ernie Troy Hughes, VP for University Advancement, WSU

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 19

 

We Have a Dream Breakfast

Monday, January 19, 7:30 - 9:30am

DoubleTree Hotel (150 S Broadway)

The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and the NAACP invite you to this annual celebration of Martin Luther King Day. This year's guest speaker will be Kedrick Adkins, CFO of Mayo Clinic. Register.

 

MLK Rally, March & Program

Monday, January 19

Youth pre-rally activities at the Government Center, rooms 102 & 106, at 10am. Rally in the Government Center Rotunda at 11:30am. March begins at noon from the Government Center to Rochester Civic Theatre. Program begins at 1pm in the Rochester Civic Theatre lobby, featuring keynote speaker Leslie McClellon, RCTC President.

 

Women on Wednesdays: Everything is Gendered: Part II

Wednesday, January 21, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

Join the dialogue about how cultural and individual perceptions of gender influence who we are, what we do, and how much we allow society to define us. Can we create equality? What is necessary for social change? Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Reservations required by Monday to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org.

 

Diversity Council 25th Annual Celebration

Thursday, January 22, 5:30pm

Rochester Art Center

Featuring Minneapolis artist Wing Young Huie. RSVP by Monday, January 19, to info@diversitycouncil.org. FREE!

 

Vasant Panchami

Saturday, January 24

Hindus around the world celebrate this spring festival dedicated to the goddess of learning by wearing yellow and exchanging yellow sweetmeats.

 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Mondays, Jan 26 - Mar 2, 1:30 - 4pm at Redeemer Lutheran OR

Saturdays, Jan 31 - Mar 7, 9:30am - noon at Elder Network

This six-week workshop series will help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative aged 55 and older. Reduce stress, communicate more effectively, reduce guilt, anger or depression, learn to relax, find confidence to make tough decisions, and much more. FREE, but registration is required. 507-285-5272.

 

 

Winterfest

January 29 - February 15

Fun and fundraising with local nonprofits. More info

 

Put Life Back in Your Life: Living with a Chronic Condition

Fridays, Jan 30 - Mar 6, 1:30 - 3:30pm

Elder Network office (1130 1/2 7th St NW Ste 205)

Are you living with a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, or back pain? Would you like to FEEL better? Be in control? Do the things you want to do? This workshop series will give you support and help you find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and your family about your health. FREE, but pre-registration is required. 507-285-5272.

 

February is Black History Month

 

Groundhog Day

Monday, February 2

 

Boy Scout Day

Sunday, February 8

 

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 9 - 15

Share your random acts of kindness with #RAKweek.

 

Kitchen God Celebration

Thursday, February 12

Just before the Chinese New Year, Zao Jun the Kitchen God returns to heaven to report the activities of every household to the Jade Emperor. The emperor of the heavens either rewards or punishes a family based on the Kitchen God’s yearly report. You can read the folk tales of the Kitchen God’s origin on Wikipedia.

 

Our Collective Voice - A Celebration of Families

Friday, February 13, 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

An evening of inspiring and thought-provoking poetry, song and dance celebrating traditional and non-traditional families. You must sign up in advance in order to perform. Email mari@rochestercivictheatre.org by February 9. Free admission. Part of the Celebration of Diversity and Inclusivity sponsored by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council.

 

Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 14

This celebration of love dates back to the third century when the Christian priest Valentinus defied the Roman emperor's ban on marriage and was executed for marrying couples in secret.

 

Presidents Day

Monday, February 16

 

Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day/Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 17

The day before the 40-day Lenten fast in the Christian calendar is celebrated in different ways around the world. Traditionally it was a day of confession, or being shriven. In England, pancakes became traditional fare as a way to use up the milk and eggs that would be off limits during Lent. And on the other end of the spectrum... Mardi Gras, that colossal night of revelry and self-indulgence before the period of self-denial.

 

Shivratri

Tuesday, February 17

A Hindu festival dedicated to the god Shiva. 

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 18

The first day of the 40-day fast of Christian Lent, Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of marking a cross of ashes on the foreheads of worshipers as a sign of repentance.  

 

Women on Wednesdays: The Journey to Rochester

Wednesday, February 18, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

Listen to the immigration stories of five local women and how and why they arrived in Rochester. Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Reservations required by Monday to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org.

 

Lunar New Year

Thursday, February 19

The lunar New Year is celebrated all over Asia with gift giving, dumplings and other special foods, and extended family gatherings. This is the Year of the Goat. Find your animal sign

 

International Mother Tongue Day

Saturday, February 21

 

Families Are Made in the Heart

Sunday, February 22, 1 - 4pm

Rochester Art Center

An afternoon to showcase the public's input to Redefining Family activities. MLK poetry contest winners and art and written pieces from the January 17 event. FREE. Part of the Celebration of Diversity and Inclusivity sponsored by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council.

 

Clean Monday

Monday, February 23

The beginning of Lent for the Orthodox Christian community.

 

Women on Wednesdays: Women in the Performing Arts

Wednesday, March 11, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

Rochester has the good fortune of an abudance of talented women working in the performing arts. But does it come at a price? Area women talk about the difficulties encountered, the support and gratification received, and an intensified sense of empowerment developed as they pursue their artistic goals. Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Reservations required by Monday to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org.

 

Women on Wednesdays: Young Women and Their World

Wednesday, April 22, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

What is important to today's young women? How do they describe the issues that have value and significance for them? It's a changing world... or is it? Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Reservations required by Monday to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org.

 

Women on Wednesdays: Mothers as Mentors

Wednesday, May 6, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

More than a biological parent, women from all backgrounds find themselves raising, tending to, or nurturing young men and women and even peers who are exploring potential and striving for healthy, fulfilling lives. Often our greatest support comes from these women who have expanded and deepened the definition of mother. Hear their stories and share your experiences. Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre and the Diversity Council. No fee to attend. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Reservations required by Monday to mari@rochestercivictheatre.org.