Saturday Feb. 2
â€œRagtime & Chiliâ€
Celebrate Black History Month and our shared American music legacy with a performance by pianist Lawrence Kolakowski from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. Kolakowski will talk about all the great composers who created what many historians consider to be the first truly â€œAmericanâ€ art formsâ€”Ragtime and Jazz. Then enjoy chili and iced tea, foods that were popular during the Jazz Age, immediately following the performance. For more information, contact Diane Walker at (626) 744-7268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Pasadena African-American Genealogy Group from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Drive, to search your heritage and recover your past with this dynamic genealogy group. Call (626) 744-7266 for details.
Join the Black History Parade & Festival Planning Committee for its Opening Reception for the 31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival, with this yearâ€™s theme, â€œCelebrating Freedomâ€”Continuing the Dreamâ€ from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Alkebu-Lan Cultural Center, 1435 N. Raymond Ave. Call (626) 744-7300 for more information.
Friday, Feb. 8
â€œRed, Black & Green Honors Dinnerâ€
Join the Black History Parade and festival Planning Committee for this important sixth annual gala dinner to honor newly elected Assembly member (former Councilmember) Chris Holden; former Assembly member Anthony Portantino and LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey; and special memorial award tribute to Victor McClinton. This gala affair will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at the Hilton Hotel, 168 S. Los Robles. Tickets are $60 per person. Contact the Jackie Robinson Center, (626) 744-7300, to purchase tickets.
Sunday, Feb. 10
â€œBlack Film Showcaseâ€
Watch the historical film â€œCourage to Loveâ€ (2000) about Mother Henriette Delille who, in the 1840s, began assembling a group of young women who would become the Sisters of the Holy Family. The event is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.
Saturday, Feb. 16
â€œ31st Annual Black History Parade and Festivalâ€
Begins at 10:00 a.m. at Charles White Park in Altadena, heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. After the parade, from noon to 4:00 p.m., enjoy the Black History Festival at Robinson Park. Food for purchase, fun activities for kids, special displays, music and other entertainment.
Saturday, Feb. 16
â€œTraces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep Northâ€
Join a special screening of the documentary, â€œTraces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep Northâ€ (2008), the story of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. History on beginning at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. The film was created by filmmaker Katrina Browne who discovered that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. For more information, contact Diane Walker at (626) 744-7268 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Feb. 21
â€œWhere We Are, Where Weâ€™ve Been: Stories from Africa and African-Americansâ€
Join storyteller Michael McCarty for one of two events as he reveals the struggles, joys, triumphs and beauty of African and African-American history and culture. The first event begins at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 in Central Libraryâ€™s Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. and he gives a repeat performance at 4:00 p.m., at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. For more information, contact Pat Smith at (626) 744-4045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Feb. 22
â€œSenior Night Outâ€
Join the high-energy fun, good food and conversation at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., for this special Senior Night Out, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24
â€œPraise Dance Jubileeâ€
Enjoy the music, the dance and the fellowship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave., beginning at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.
Thursday, Feb. 28
â€œThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: An Evening with David â€˜Sonnyâ€™ Lacksâ€
Join the Pasadena Public Library and the City of Hope for an evening with David â€œSonnyâ€ Lacks, the son of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were taken without her knowledge and became the first immortal cell line called the HeLa or â€œHela Cellâ€ used for scientific breakthroughs around the world. Lacks will put a personal face on the story about his mother as told in the book â€œThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksâ€ by Rebecca Skloot. Event begins at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Central Libraryâ€™s Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. If you have a question that you would like to pose to Mr. Lacks, email it to email@example.com by Feb. 11
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-Photo by Terry Miller