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 April 13, 2015.

 

 

April is Multicultural Communications Month

 

International Film Festival

April 17 - 24

Wehrenberg Theatres

Rochester's 20th annual international film festival. Titles and showtimes will be posted at www.rifg.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.

 

Invitation for Public Transportation Plan Review

Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 - 7:30pm

County Campus (College View Dr SE), Bldg 2122, Planning Dept. Main Meeting Room.

The Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments invites the public to an open house featuring exhibits on their long range transportation plan. Public review, comment, and discussion will be solicited. The draft may be reviewed here.

 

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22

 

Administrative Professionals Day

Wednesday, April 22

 

Arbor Day

Friday, April 24

Plant a tree!

 

Walpurgis Night

Thursday, April 30

A traditional Scandinavian spring festival celebrated with dancing and bonfires.

 

May is Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

 

May is National Older People's Month

 

May Day

Friday, May 1

This ancient holiday originating in pagan England celebrates the end of winter and the first spring planting. Learn more about the history and traditions of May Day and its political significance for peasant uprisings and for the modern labor movement.

 

National Day of Prayer

Friday, May 1

 

World Press Freedom Day

Sunday, May 3

 

Wesak

Monday, May 4

Wesak is the celebration of Buddha's birth & enlightenment, & in some traditions also his death.

 

Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 5

Not Mexico's Independence Day, as is commonly thought, this festival celebrates the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French at the battle of Puebla. The French loss forced them to withdraw support for the Confederate Army (then embroiled in the American Civil War), contributing to the victory of the Union troops.

 

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.

 

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10

 

Syttende Mai

Sunday, May 17

Norwegian Independence Day

 

Day Against Homophobia

Sunday, May 17

 

Armed Forces Day

Sunday, May 17

Recognizing those who serve.

 

Victoria Day

Monday, May 18

A Canadian holiday celebrating the birth of Queen Victoria and the reigning monarch of the Commonwealth (currently Queen Elizabeth). The holiday kicks of the Canadian summer season, similar to America's Memorial Day.

 

Alliance Francaise Cine Club

Wednesday, May 20, 6pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

The French film interest group will be showing three free films in Rochester, one each in May, July, and September. The first installment will be the comedy Amitiés Sincères. All films have English subtitles.

 

International Day for Biological Diversity

Friday, May 22

Diversity is everywhere!

 

African Liberation Day

Saturday, May 23

African Liberation Day was instituted in 1958 to unite African countries in the struggle to end colonialism and win independence. Today the celebration is used to raise political awareness and organization in African communities worldwide.

 

Pentecost

Sunday, May 24

This Christian holiday celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Christian church. Called Pentecost because the commemorated event occurred during the Jewish festival of that name, the two celebrations were separated in the fourth century when the church, influenced by anti-Semitism and a desire to fix church holidays on Sundays, established its own system to determine the dates of Easter and Pentecost. This year the two events coincide in a rare meeting of the two calendars.

 

Shavuot

May 24-25

Shavuot is the Hebrew name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. In Greek it is called Pentecost, because it takes place 50 days after Passover (for its relation to the Christian celebration of Pentecost, see above). This Jewish festival commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai and celebrates the harvest season in Israel.

 

Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

 

Buddha's Birthday

Monday, May 25

 

National Sorry Day

Tuesday, May 26

We could all use this Australian holiday!

 

Joan of Arc Day

Saturday, May 30

Celebrating the young woman who led the French armies in winning freedom from the English.

 

Pentecost (Orthodox)

Sunday, May 31

Orthodox Christians celebrate Pentecost a week after Protestants and Catholics this year.

 

Walk Around the World

Saturday, June 13, 11am - 2pm

Peace Plaza

Celebrating World Refugee Day. Featuring cultural performances, music and dancing.

 

Alliance Francaise Cine Club

Wednesday, July 15, 6pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

The French film interest group will be showing three free films in Rochester, one each in May, July, and September. The second installment will be the comedy Jour de fête. All films have English subtitles.

 

Alliance Francaise Cine Club

Wednesday, September 16, 6pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

The French film interest group will be showing three free films in Rochester, one each in May, July, and September. The third installment will be the drama L’Enfer. All films have English subtitles.