Upcoming Diversity & Multicultural Events

Thurs, Dec 29, 6:30 pm: Annual Kwanzaa Celebration 
The greater Holland community is invited to celebration Kwanzaa, jointly hosted by Maple Avenue Ministries, Pillar Church, Fellowship Reformed Church, Zion Dominion International Ministries, Calvary Reformed Church, and Engedi. Contributions will be accepted for the annual Black Graduate scholarships for graduating seniors. At Maple Avenue Ministries, 427 Maple Ave, Holland.

Fri, Dec 30, 3 pm to 6 pm: Unconferenced Community Conversation: Dialogue and Break-out Sessions 
Follow-up
 to Community Conversation held in the fall of 2016 to discuss local issues and solutions. Panelists will be ACLU field director Rodd Mont; attorney Timothy Vanderberg; and community activist Germaine Pellebon-Smith; facilitated by Kim Harris of AAADO. Everyone is welcome. At Herrick District Library auditorium, 300 South River, Holland.

Community Opportunity: Reciprocal Language Partnership
The Reciprocal Language Partnership (RLP) seeks to build unity and cross-cultural understanding through the teaching and learning of languages. RLP classes pair native English speakers who want to learn Spanish with native Spanish speakers who want to learn English. Class fee is on a sliding scale based on household income. Winter 2017 classes will run Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8:15 pm, Jan 17 to Apr 18, with instruction for basic beginners and one for higher-level beginners. Classes and informational meetings (see below) are held at Eagle’s Wings Church/Iglesia Alas de Aguila, 635 Riley St, Holland. Questions? Call Rachel Patmos at (616) 738-3850. Prospective students must attend one of the following meetings before enrolling in RLP:
Tues, Jan 3, 6 to 7 pm: native English speakers and 7 to 8 pm: native Spanish speakers OR Tues, Jan 10, 6 to 7 pm: native English speakers and 7 to 8 pm: native Spanish speakers

Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 5 pm: Annual Heart 2 Heart Community Celebration
A Potluck and Cultural Sharing Party, hosted by the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH). Music, performances, silent auction, family activities, fabulous food, fun, fellowship. Everyone is welcome! At First United Methodist Church, 57 West 10th St, Holland.

Information From the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony: “Diversity, Unity, and Justice Are at the Heart of ACEH”

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