Kwanzaa is the celebration of family, community, and culture, of looking back to what people have endured and risen above, and working hard for the future that we want to actualize. The Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition invites the Rochester community to celebrate Kwanzaa 2012 at six different arts and cultural institutions in Rochester.
On Wednesday, December 26, 3-6 p.m., Umoja (Unity) will be celebrated at Dr. Freddie Thomas School, 625 Scio St. On Thursday, December 27, 2-5 p.m., the celebration of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) will be held at Wheatley Library, 33 Dr Samuel McCree Way. Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility) will be held Friday, December 28, noon-5 p.m. at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.
On Saturday, December 29, 3-6 p.m., the Rochester Museum Science Center, 657 East Ave, will host the celebration for Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). Nia (Purpose) will be commemorated Sunday, December 30, 3-6 p.m., at Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave. And Kuumba (Creativity) will be hosted by Memorial AME Zion Church, 549 Clarissa St., on Monday, December 31, 6-9 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Kwanzaa hotline at 436-6453.
Special Event: Cinema Theatre (957 S. Clinton Ave.) will host a screening of "Praying with Lior" as part of the Reel Mind Film and Theatre Series tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and include a Q&A with filmmaker Ilana Trachtman and Lior Liebling via Skype. For more information, visit reelmindfilmfest.com.
Recreation: Take part in the Red White and Blue Balloon Rally, to be held at the Letchworth State Park (1 Letchworth State Park, Castile) this week.