Diversity Events May 2019

Diversity Events May 2019

Diversity Events May 2019

Here is your Monthly diversity event listing! Join the conversation! For more info: http://communitydiversitygroup.squarespace.com/

Thu, 5/2 – Black Caucus: 1st Annual Black Graduation

3 pm, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson

Black Graduation is free to the public!  Registration is now closed, but feel free to go and support the Black Graduates!

Fri, 5/3 – Latino Caucus: 1st Annual Latinx Bilingual Graduation” with Austin Channing Brown

12:30 doors open; 1:00 Ceremony starts; 233AB HUB

Latino Caucus will be hosting Penn State’s 1st annual Latinx Bilingual Graduation.  The ceremony is open to the public, please feel free to go and support the Latinx Graduates!  After the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to network, enjoy music and food!  If you are graduating, register here.   FB event here.

Fri, 5/3 and Sat 5/4 – Happy Valley Bonsai Club exhibit and demonstrations

Fri – 10 am – 5 pm, Sat – 9 am – 5 pm, Arboretum at Penn State

Bonsai is an Asian art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. The Happy Valley Bonsai Club will display several bonsai specimens in the Glass House in the children’s garden on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Throughout the day, visitors will also be able to see club members demonstrating the art of bonsai.

[Ed. Note: I went to the HVBC show at the Arboretum last year — the trees were beautiful and everyone was so warm and supportive.  At the HVBC sale a month later I became ‘Mom’ to three bonsais!  Now HVBC members are patiently teaching me how to care for them… and they’ve all lived through the winter!]  FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/614837078983604/

Sun 5/5 – Tues 6/4 – Ramadan starts


Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims — the Prophet Mohammed reportedly said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.” Find our more about the holiday here: https://www.vox.com/2017/5/25/11851766/what-is-ramadan-2019-start-date-muslim-islam-about

Tue 5/7 – Wed 5/8 – Centre Gives


Centre Foundation’s 36-hour online giving event is set to begin on May 7 at 8 am and conclude on May 8 at 8 pm. This event is designed to support the great work of local nonprofits serving Centre County.  Facebook event here.

Sat 5/11 -Tue, 5/14 – AAUW State College Used Book Sale – Advancing Equity for Women & Girls!

Daily 9 am – 9 pm, Penn State Snider Ag Arena

Sat 5/11 and Sun 5/12 – Regular Prices; Mon 5/13 – 1/2 Price Day; Tue 5/14 – BYO Bag Day $7.00 – make sure to bring your own bags!

With 250,000 books donated by the community, all individually priced and displayed in 30+ categories, this is one of the largest sales on the East Coast.  The sale brings out the entire community to 1) keep books out of the landfill, 2) foster reading, and 3) raise money for AAUW branch priorities including supporting projects run by Centre County non-profits that align with AAUW’s mission, and to fund educational scholarships awarded to women adult learner undergraduate students residing in Centre County. 

Fabulous selection, quality, and prices.  Cash and checks only, please.  FB event here.  More info on AAUW site here.

CASD: Dimensions of Diversity Noon Book Club continued

12 – 1:30 pm, Panorama Village Conference Room C

We will resume our noon meetings of the Dimensions of Diversity Parent Book Club. We will complete our discussion of So You Want to Talk About Race and start discussing Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria.  FB event here.

Sat, 5/18 – Jana Marie Fdn: J. A. M. Fest – Mental Wellness Day

12 – 5 pm, 127 S. Fraser, Downtown State College

J.A.M. Fest is a community-wide mental wellness day designed to help increase well-being, build connections, and foster self-expression since art, music, and creative expression are lifelong sources of resilience, self-confidence, and happiness. This annual event features live music, yoga, meditation, stations for creative expression, artwork to view, and more. 

Live Music on Allen Street: 12pm: Eric Ian Farmer; 1pm: Corner Brothers; 2pm: Biscuit Jam; 3pm: Pure Cane Sugar Band; 4pm: Cousin NeddieStage at Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza: 12:15 Outdoor Yoga Class with Justine Andronici, Path to Calm; 1:15  Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania; 2:15 Poetry by Jon Vickers-Jones and Friends; 2:30 Interactive demonstration by Happy Valley Improv; 3:15 Poetry and Songwriting; 3:30 Interactive demonstration by Monarch Martial Arts Academy; 4:15: Magic with Tim Cook.  Stations on Allen and MLK, Jr. Plaza include bracelet making, self-defense, mobile fitness, mindfulness, digital painting, instant poetry, spontaneous songwriting, henna tattoos, face-painting and more.
Hosted by Jana Marie Foundation.  FB event here.

Fri, 5/24 – Nittany Valley Benefit Dinner for Amish Community

$18 adult, $16 ages 11-17 and 65+, $5 ages 5-10, free 4 and under – reservations recommended

1-hour seatings from 12 – 7 pm, Walker Township Fire Company, 125 Fire House Lane, Howard, PA

Sat 5/25 Benefit Auction – Clinton County Fairgrounds 98 Racetrack Rd, Mill Hall Pa 17751

Proceeds help offset the medical expenses for families within our (local Amish) community in time of need.  We promise to try hard to give you a wonderful dining experience. We will have a buffet style meal — all you care to eat and drink, with the food being prepared by the best cooks in the community. We will also have our friendly youth available to help you fill your plates and to pour your drinks. [I went for the first time last fall — the food was really delicious.  I want to go back.] 

For the menu and more info see the FB event here.  Take outs are available if you are in a hurry, or for you to take along home to enjoy later!  Walk-ins are welcome, however we recommend you to make reservations and buy your tickets in advance so we can serve you better.  Eight time slots to choose from: Noon-1 pm, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-8 pm.

For reservations and to purchase tickets or if you have ANY questions, please call: 1. Katie (814) 383-2008 2. Carolyn (814) 349-4387
Payment can be made to: John Glick 196 Hoy Rd Howard, PA 16841

(The next dinner will be Sat, Sept. 21, 2019)

Thu, 5/30 – Share Your Opioid Story Presents: Centre County CC!

$65 per person including lunch – register by 5/15 here.

8 am – 6 pm – Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel

Our 2017 conference, attended by over 200 people,met with unprecedented success and attendees have requested we do it again! Join us for a full day of thought-provoking discussion, engaging breakout sessions and a complimentary community networking social immediately following the conference.  Local business owners, educators, administrators, Human Resource professionals, legal counsel, college students and community members are all encouraged to attend.

Conference Participants will have the opportunity to:
•  ENGAGE in dialogues and self-awareness exercises that will improve multicultural competence
•  ENHANCE personal and professional skills as it pertains to communicating across differences
•  EXPLORE dimensions of diversity, social justice terminology, and learn how to interrupt bias

Schedule and break-out sessions are here.

Register online by May 15 here.  The registration fee covers all instruction, program materials, refreshment breaks, the luncheon, as well as the networking social. 

Please consider becoming a recognized sponsor and/or nominate a local business or organization that supports and fosters diversity and inclusion within the Centre Region for the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Award. Nominations are due by May 15, 2019. Nothing has been posted on the CDG website yet, so if interested, please call Carol Eicher at 814-865-6614.

Tue, 6/11 – CDG: 3rd Community Diversity Conference: Embracing and Implementing Inclusion

4 – 6:30 pm, Congregation Brit Shalom, 620 E. Hamilton Ave.

Rabbi Ostrich has offered to introduce us to the experience an authentic Jewish Seder a few weeks before Passover! He will give us some instructions for how to prepare the ceremonial food, tell us the story of Passover, and introduce us more about the Jewish culture. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. It will be a fun and exciting event!
Rabbi David Ostrich is spiritual leader of Congregation Brit Shalom and a lecturer of Jewish Studies at Penn State. His focus as a teacher and liturgist is on the spiritual process—how religion developed/develops and how it works in personal and communal processes. He has taught classes in the Hebrew Bible, Modern Judaism, Jewish and Christian Foundations, and Jewish Mysticism.  He is also a regular teacher for OLLI, a senior adult outreach program of Penn State.
Hosted by Culture Exchange Group.   Facebook event here


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