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 September 11, 2014.

 

 

Vietnamese Independence Day

Tuesday, September 2

 

Post Bulletin Dialogues: Proposed Police Oversight Committee

Monday, September 8, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Rochester Public Library

 

Harvest Moon Festival

Tuesday, September 9

The most important Chinese festival after the lunar new year (celebrated in February), the Harvest Moon Festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon in the 8th lunar month, when the moon is at its brightest for the year.

Make mooncakes

 

International Luncheon

Wednesday, September 10, 11:45am
Rochester Area Family Y
This week's program will be "Madagascar, A Developing Nation". The speaker will be Mamisoa Knutson. RIA and "Y" members $9.00, non-members $10.00. For reservations or more information call, 289-3359.

 

iFilm series: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Mandarin)

Wednesday, September 10, 6pm
Rochester Public Library
In this lighthearted comedy, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire. Free. For mature audiences


Day of Remembrance

Thursday, September 11

 

11th Annual Great Dakota Gathering & Homecoming

September 12 - 14

Unite Park, Lake Winona, Winona

Everybody is invited to this weekend featuring exhibits, demonstrations, traditional pow wow, moccasin game tournament, Dakota language bingo, lacrosse tournaments, dancing, unity feast, arts & crafts vendors, and more. More info

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15

 

Mexican Independence Day

Tuesday, September 16

 

Women in Business: Megan Tamte

Wednesday, September 17, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Ramada (1517 16th St SW)

The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce invites to this networking luncheon for women in business featuring Megan Tamte, CEO of Evereve. Since Tamte opened her first store in Edina in 2004, her boutique catering to professional moms has grown to a retail chain with 41 stories. Tamte will share her story and discuss Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. $35 for Chamber members, $45 for nonmembers. Register

 

Constitution Day

Wednesday, September 17

 

Confucius' Birthday

Saturday, September 20

"I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there." Learn more about the great wise man of the East.

 

International Day of Peace

Sunday, September 21

 

Interfaith Call for Tolerance: ISIS is NOT Islam

Monday, September 22, 5:30 - 7pm

Calvary Episcopal Church courtyard

As ISIS carries out a barbaric program of murder and religious persecution in Iraq and Syria in the name of Islam, the local Muslim community has launched the Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) to be the voice of Muslim opposition such extremist groups. CIDI invites the people of Rochester and their faith communities to attend this inaugural event. Members of the Muslim community will share background information on ISIS along with verses from the Qur'an and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad that promote peace and tolerance. Other local faith leaders will also share words of tolerance taught in their religions. Please RSVP to cidi@cidimn.org by Saturday, September 20.

 

Autumn Equinox

Tuesday, September 23

 

Rosh Hashanah

Thursday - Friday, September 25-26

Rosh Hashanah begins the High Holy Days, a 10-day period of repentance and reflection culminating in the Day of Atonement. The Jewish calendar, which counts from the Biblical account of the creation of the world, begins the year 5775. Celebrate by eating apples and honey for a year filled with sweetness.

 

Peer-to-Peer Mental Illness Recovery Program

Thursdays, September 25 - November 25, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Share your experiences with peers, learn how to cope with difficult circumstances, and experience new hope and inspiration for recovery. Call NAMI at 287-1692 for more information or to register. FREE.

 

October is Diversity Awareness Month

 

October is Disability Employment Month

 

International Day for the Elderly

Wednesday, October 1

 

Women on Wednesdays: Women and Leadership

Wednesday, October 1, 5 - 7pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

Join the conversation as RCTC's new president, Leslie McClellon, shares her insight and experiences about women in leadership roles. 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.

 

Gandhi's Birthday

Thursday, October 2

 

Day of Hajj

Friday, October 3

This important Muslim holiday commemorates the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which each Muslim is encouraged to make at least once in his lifetime.

 

National Diversity Day

Friday, October 3

 

Yom Kippur

Saturday, October 4

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, is a day for fasting and repentance.

This year the occasion falls on a Sabbath, giving the date added significance.

 

Eid-ul-Adha

Saturday, October 4

The Festival of Sacrifice is celebrated by Muslims worldwide in commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, who intervened and provided a lamb as the sacrifice. All Muslims who are able to, sacrifice an animal as a reminder of Abraham’s obedience, sharing the meat with family, friends, and the poor.

 

Dussehra

Saturday, October 4

Although the legend underlying the celebration varies by region, this festival is celebrated all over India and Nepal as a triumph of good over evil. It is considered an auspicious day to begin something new.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.