Kwanzaa Celebration Set for December 26, 2015 thru January 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The Village Project will present its 10th annual Kwanzaa celebration throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st.   Highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba), there will be 15 free celebrations in 7 different neighborhoods.  Four new partners have been added to this year’s schedule, Glide Memorial Church, The Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, King/Garvey Housing Development and the Success Center, San Francisco.  Each hosting organization will present exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.  A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. The soulful performance of blues singer Tia Carroll will headline this year’s myriad of entertainers, along with the dance department of Laney College.  Storytellers, Phavia Kujichagualia and Kirk Waller will share African Folklore at the main library’s and at Glide Memorial’s programs, respectively. The seven day celebration will open at the Museum of the African Diaspora at noon on Friday, December 26th, and continue with an evening celebration at the African American Arts and Culture complex 7at pm. The closing celebration will take place at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Jan.1st, 6 pm, with Tia Carroll crooning some down home blues.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY  

Kwanzaa 2015 Schedule

 UMOJA (unity):  To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.      Friday, Dec. 26th:  12 Noon – Museum of the African Diaspora, 665 Mission Street @ 3rd; 7 pm, African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street @ Webster
 KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.  Sunday, Dec. 27th:   1 pm – San Francisco Public Library Koret Theater, 100 Larkin Street; 4 pm – Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister @ Pierce
 UJIMA (collective work and responsibility):  To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together.Monday, Dec. 28th: 12 pm – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda; 2 pm –Western Addition Senior Center/WAFRC 1390 Turk @ Fillmore; 6 pm – Bayview Y, 1601 Lane @ Revere
 UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. Tuesday Dec 29th1 pm – Hamilton Rec/MoMagic, 1900 Geary @ Steiner; 5 pm – Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol @ Montana
  NIA (purpose):  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.  Wednesday, Dec. 30th:1 pm Boys & Girls Club, 344 Fulton @ Gough; 4 pm – Glide Memorial, 330 Ellis; 7 pm – Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness, 601 Cesar Chavez @ 3rd St (near Pier 80)
  KUUMBA (creativity):  To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Thursday, Dec. 31st12 Noon – Potrero Hill Family Resource, Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas Street @ 22nd Street; 4pm – Success Center, SF/King/Garvey Center, 1680 Eddy @ Pierce
 IMANI (faith):  To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.  Friday, Jan. 1st:  6 pm – Union of Black Episcopalians/St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons

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Autism friendly family event:  Holiday Jazzmatazz! Sunday,12/6 @ 2:30 p.m.

Autism friendly family event: Holiday Jazzmatazz! Sunday,12/6 @ 2:30 p.m.

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This Bay Area Shakespeare  two-week Shakespeare Players Camp offers students the chance to stage a classic Shakespeare play.  Camps run from June to August throughout the summer. Players Camps meet for two weeks, Mon-Fri, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; optional aftercare available until 5:30 pm. Materials and supplies all included for $524 for both weeks (with aftercare, $664).

Great July 4th Jazz Celebration – 6 to 9 pm


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