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 December 16, 2014.

 

 

Hanukkah

December 17 - 24

This Jewish holiday commemorates the rededication of the temple after it was desecrated by the Greeks, who sacrificed a pig on its altar. Although there was only enough consecrated oil for one day, the lamp continued to burn for the full eight days of the cleansing ceremony. Today Jews commemorate the Hanukkah miracle by lighting candles for eight days, giving gifts, and eating foods high in oil, like deep fried jelly donuts. Mmmm.

 

International Migrants Day

Thursday, December 18

 

Winter Solstice

Sunday, December 21

The shortest day of the hear, and a Wiccan holiday.

 

Christmas Day

Thursday, December 25

Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

Death of the Prophet Zarathustra

Friday, December 26

A Zoroastrian holiday.

 

Kwanzaa

December 26 - January 1

An African-American celebration of family, community and culture.

 

New Year's Day

Thursday, January 1

 

Eid Milad-un-Nabi

Saturday, January 3

This Muslim holiday commemorates the birth of the prophet Muhammad.

 

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.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 19

Local celebrations all week, including 'We Have a Dream' breakfast, rally, march, birthday party, concert, commemorative church service, and more. Check back later for details.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Winterfest

January 29 - February 15

Fun and fundraising with local nonprofits. More info

 

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.

 

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.