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 March 5, 2015.



March is Women's History Month



Friday, March 6

Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is also a spring harvest festival in India, celebrated on the day after the full moon in March with feasting, squirting friends with colored water, and riotous merrymaking. The annual local celebration allows you to join the party and 'play with colors.' See April 18


World Day of Prayer

Friday, March 6


International Women's Day: Grace in the Margins

March 5, 6-7:30pm

Assisi Heights
Three ordinary women tell their stories of life lived in the real world and their understanding of "Grace in the Margins." Speakers include Deb Brossoit, sharing her family's experiences with addiction; Nisha Kurup, a Diversity Council board member originally from India whose faith helped her overcome adversity; and Renae Claeys, sharing her story of helping impoverished children in developing countries with reconstructive surgery. $28 per person, includes light supper. Register


Faith Talk Show 4: In the Flesh

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Rochester Public Library Auditorium

Explore the Mormon tradition with Breanna Bly, a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in this fourth installment of the interfaith series.


Daylight Saving Time begins

Sunday, March 8

It's time to spring forward!


International Women's Day

Sunday, March 8

A major holiday in many countries around the world, International Women's Day is a day to honor the women in your life, celebrate the achievements of women, and raise awareness of violence and discrimination against women. At the official IWD website, you can read about the history of the day, learn about IWD events, and download logos and other resources to help you plan your own event. See March 5 for a local celebration.


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.


Surviving Tsunami Waves: Opening Reception

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 p.m.
Mayo Clinic Siebens Building, Hage Atrium

Commemorating the fourth anniversary of 2011 tsunami, this event features a short program by a poet, Yuko Taniguchi, an exhibition of sashiko work, and a meet and greet with the artists and guests from Otsuchi Sashiko Project and Senninbari Project. The exhibit itself will be on display at Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Art Center until March 20. This event is open to the public and no registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. More info


International Film: To Kill a Man

Wednesday, March 11, 6:00pm
Rochester Public Library Auditorium
In this Chilean film, hardworking family man Jorge is just barely making ends meet. When he gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge's son decides to confront Kalule, only to get himself shot in the process. Sentenced to a scant 2 years in prison for the offense, Kalule, released and now intent on revenge, goes on the warpath, terrorizing Jorge's family. With his wife, son and daughter at the mercy of a thug, Jorge has no choice but to take justice into his own hands, and live with the emotional and psychological consequences.


Girl Scout Day

Thursday, March 12


St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 17

Wear green, drink green beer, and get your Irish on!


Coaching Up Our Bench

Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 - 5pm

This event is designed to develop mentoring relationships between young women and established women leaders and to provide networking opportunities for women just starting their careers. Register


Spring Equinox

Friday, March 20

The first day of spring! Unless you live in Minnesota...


Naw Ruz

Saturday, March 21

Baha'i New Year


International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Saturday, March 21


Harmony Day (Australia)

Saturday, March 21


Zarathustra's Birthday

Thursday, March 26

Zarathustra is the founder of the Zoroastrian religion, the state religion of the Persian empire until the 7th century. After the Islamic conquest, Zoroastrians fled to India, where they continue to live today.


Prince Kuhio Day

Thursday, March 26

Prince Kuhio was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii at the time that the islands became a United States territory. He later became a territorial delegate to Congress and sponsored the first Hawaiian statehood bill.


Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 29

The beginning of Holy Week leading up to Easter, Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus entered Jerusalem and was hailed as King of the Jews.


April is Multicultural Communications Month


April Fools Day

Wednesday, April 1


Good Friday

Friday, April 3

Commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.


Total Lunar Eclipse

Saturday, April 4



April 4 - 11

This Jewish festival commemorates the Israelite's escape from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. On the first night, a special symbolic meal called the Seder is eaten. For the remaining week of the festival, observant Jews abstain from eating bread and all other foods with leavening.



Sunday, April 5

Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Holy Friday

Friday, April 10

Commemorates the death of Jesus Christ in the Orthodox calendar.


World Festival

April 10-11

Multicultural stage show, Parade of Nations, exhibits, ethnic food, children's activities, fashion show, ethnic bazaar.



Sunday, April 12

Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Orthodox calendar.



Monday, April 13

Thai/Lao/Cambodian New Year. Celebrate by throwing water at your friends!



Monday, April 13

This ancient harvest festival is celebrated across northern India, especially in the state of Punjab. This date also commemorate the institution of Khalsa, an important Sikh baptismal ceremony.


Yom HaShoah

Thursday, April 16

A day for remembering the Holocaust


Holi Cultural Festival

Saturday, April 18, 5pm

Willow Creek Middle School

Cultural performances and 'playing with colors.' More info to come.


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.


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.


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.