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 23, 2014.

 

 

October is Diversity Awareness Month

 

October is Disability Employment Month

 

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. See November 8 and 22 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.

 

Diwali Party

Saturday, November 8, 5:30 - midnight

Kahler Grand Ballroom

Join the celebration for the Indian Festival of Lights! Enjoy an Indian buffet dinner (7pm) and dance to Bollywood and bhangra tunes. Tickets available at Rice and Spice. Adults $35, youth 12-17 $20, children 3-11 $12.

 

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, 5:30 - 9:30pm

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. Entrance fee includes Indian dinner (7pm). Tickets available at Rice and Spice or online. Adults $20, children (4-12) and seniors $16. Tickets $3 more at the door.

 

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

 

December is Human Rights Month

 

Rosa Parks Day

Monday, December 1

Honoring the woman who sat down in order to stand up for justice.

 

World AIDS Day

Monday, December 1

 

Laotian Independence Day

Tuesday, December 2

Many of our neighbors in Olmsted County are originally from Laos. What do you know about their history? A brief article to get you started.

 

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Tuesday, December 2

 

International Day for Disabled Persons

Wednesday, December 3

 

Pearl Harbor Day

Sunday, December 7

 

Bodhi Day

Monday, December 8

Commemorates the day that Buddha sat under a tree to meditate and found enlightenment.

 

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

 

Human Rights Day

Wednesday, December 10

 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Friday, December 12

An important Mexican Catholic celebration honoring the Virgin Mary.

 

Bill of Rights Day

Monday, December 15

 

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.

 

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.