2014 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 October 6, 2014.

 

 

October is Diversity Awareness Month

 

October is Disability Employment Month

 

Mental Health Peer Specialist Training

Weeks of October 6 and 13

Do you live well with mental illness and want to help others? If so, becoming a Peer Support Specialist may be for you! 80 hours of training will equip you to inspire hope, promote empowerment, built relationships, and educate providers about mental illness. Send application to Lynn Skinner, 2100 Campus Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904 (not to address on application).

 

Lunar Eclipse

Wednesday, October 8

The second in a series of four 'blood moons' occurring in 2014 and 2015.

 

Council on Black Minnesotans Community Engagement Meeting

Thursday, October 9, 5:30 - 6:30pm

City Hall 104

The Council on Black Minnesotans invites the community to join them as they share results of their latest survey and focus group. Volunteer opportunities will also be presented.

 

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

October 9 - 15

This Jewish harvest festival commemorates the ancients Israelites' 40 years of wandering in the desert. Traditional Jewish families celebrate by building booths outside their homes and eating or sleeping in them.

 

World Mental Health Day

Friday, October 10

 

National Coming Out Day

Saturday, October 11

 

Journey of Peace V: Repairing Our Fractured World

Sunday, October 12, 4 - 6pm

Assisi Heights

This fifth annual interfaith event is an invitation to people from all cultures and faiths to experience the power of connecting diverse customs, practices and beliefs. Dialogue, bridge building, and cultural food. Freewill donations accepted. Register

 

Columbus Day

Monday, October 13

 

National Boss Day

Thursday, October 16

 

Shemini Atzeret

Thursday, October 16

A Jewish holiday immediately following the Feast of Tabernacles. No work is permitted on this day.

 

Simchat Torah

Friday, October 17

Hebrew for "rejoicing in the law," Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of the annual cycle of reading the books of Moses in the synagogue. Celebrations are held in the synagogues, frequently accompanied by drinking and dancing.

 

International Day for Eradication of Poverty

Friday, October 17

 

Women's Summit I: Success and Equality

Monday, October 20, 7 - 9pm

Assisi Heights

Successful women of Minnesota will offer their perspective on the historical contributions and the pathways to success in their fields. Speakers include Lynn Anderson, Executive VP of Holiday Companies; the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson, U.S. District Judge; Micah Hines, General Counsel for Governor Mark Dayton; and Gail Olson, General Counsel for the Minnesota State Colleges and University Systems. $15/person. Registration

 

Women on Wednesdays: Daily Devotion

Wednesday, October 22, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

What is it like to truly live your faith on a daily basis? Panelists will share what they have in common and their differences in daily practice and offer insight into the connections that enrich their lives. 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.

 

Solar Eclipse

Thursday, October 23

 

Diwali

Thursday, October 23

The most important festival in India, Diwali is celebrated with the lighting of lamps, decorating the home, feasting, new clothes, and firecrackers. The fourth day of Diwali is the Hindu New Year. Watch our calendar for information on local celebrations.

 

1st Muharram

Saturday, October 25

The Islamic New Year commemorates—and counts from—Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D. The year 1436 begins today. Wondering why the math doesn’t add up? The Islamic year is only 354 days long, being based on a lunar calendar.

 

Halloween

Friday, October 31

 

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

Saturday, November 1

More details to come

 

November is National Native Month

 

Dia De Los Muertos

Sunday, November 2

On the Mexican Day of the Dead, people visit cemeteries, clean their family graves, and leave offerings for the souls of the dead.

 

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday, November 2

Don't forget to fall back!

 

Ashura

Monday, November 3

This Shia Muslim holiday commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala.

 

Guy Fawkes Day

Wednesday, November 5

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!" This English holiday commemorates a failed plot to blow up Parliament. It is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.

 

Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Mondays, monthly beginning November 10

6 - 7:45pm

Hawthorne Education Center

Parents of children birth - grade 5 who have a delay, disability, or illness are invited to this discussion group led by a licensed parent educator. Child care provided. Topics are chosen by parents. Register for one or all classes. FREE. More info and registration

 

Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11

 

Birth of Baha'u'llah

Wednesday, November 12

This Baha'i holiday commemorates the birth of the religion's founder.

 

World Kindness Day

Thursday, November 13

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." Aesop

 

International Day of Tolerance

Sunday, November 16

 

Women on Wednesdays: Everything is Gendered, Part I

Wednesday, November 19, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

What is gender? What does it really mean? Has it always been a man's world? Learn the fascinating history behind our current understanding of such concepts as gender and sex in our society today. 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.

 

Discovery Day

Wednesday, November 19

This official Puerto Rican holiday commemorates the day Christopher Columbus (Don Cristóbal Colón) landed on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico near Aguada on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. As Columbus' discovery led to the enslavement and exploitation of the native population of the island, the day is not named in his honor.

 

Universal Children's Day

Thursday, November 20

Universal Children's Day was instituted by the U.N. in 1954 in order to promote the rights of children, the most vulnerable members of our societies. Since then many nations have adopted a Children's Day on various dates throughout the year, celebrating with gifts, fairs, athletic competitions, or simply taking children out for a fun afternoon. Although Children's Day is not widely celebrated in the United States, it actually predates both Mother's Day and Father's Day, being observed as early as the 1850's on the second Sunday in June.

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

 

Diwali Cultural Celebration

Saturday, November 22, 5:30pm

Century High School Auditorium

Hindu Samaj Temple invites you to join them for a celebration of the Indian Festival of Lights. Performances include music and dancing. Food will also be available. Tickets will be sold at Rice and Spice.

 

International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

Tuesday, November 25

 

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 27

 

Mayor's International Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 27

Details to follow

 

Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Monday, December 8, 6 - 7:45pm

Hawthorne Education Center

Parents of children birth - grade 5 who have a delay, disability, or illness are invited to this discussion group led by a licensed parent educator. Child care provided. Topics are chosen by parents. Meets second Monday of each month. Register for one or all classes. FREE. More info and registration

 

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.

 

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.