Diversity Events Happy Valley – August 2019

Diversity Events Happy Valley – August 2019

Diversity Events Happy Valley – August 2019

Here is a list of all the community events that are diversity related for the month of August 2019. Will update as more events are shared with us. Please email jasonb@7mountainsmedia.com if you have an event to add. Please include a link.

8/2 – MLK Plaza –1st Annual Osaze Osagie Community Birthday Celebration

Friday  6:30pm – 8:30pm, PSU

In a celebration of life in loving memory of Osaze Osagie. On this day of his 30th birthday let’s send much love and light into our community for all to share in music, fellowship and remembering. It will be fun for the whole family. Special Music performances by Eric Ian Farmer, Melanie Morrison Zeigler, Black Soul Space Artists Anya Wallace, Nontalie Morrow, Jessica Henry, and Tori Thomas, and Gary Abdullah Sr on Bass. We will also have face painting, poetry reading and much more. We will be selling T-Shirts and yard signs. All proceeds will go to a State College Area High Scholarship in honor of Osaze Osagie.

Thu thru 8/1 – Bacchata Dance Lessons

·      5:15 – 6:15 pm Beginner; 6:30 – 7:30 pm Intermediate; 7:30 – 8:00 pm practica – SC Municipal Building

Come join the PSU Social Dance Club for a relaxing summer of Latin Dance with our FREE 9-week Bachata series with instructors Justin and Meghan! Come with friends, make more, and have fun learning fresh moves for any Latin dance event. No partner or specialized clothes/equipment required. Any shoes comfortable for walking is fine!  FB event here.

Bachata is a dance originating from the Dominican Republic that has since exploded in popularity the world over. It is danced in near every Latin Dance club or event. Where Salsa is fast, dynamic, and thrilling, Bachata is slower and emphasizes connection between the partnership. Bachata can be danced playfully and upbeat as well as sensual and expressive.  Here’s an example from world famous couple Ataca y la Alemana.

Thru 7/28 and 8/4 – Palmer Museum – “Under the Mexican Sky” and “Myth Meets Modernism: The Manuel Álvarez Bravo Portfolio”

Tue – Sat 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sun noon – 4 pm, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU

‘Under the Mexican Sky’ narrates the important story of modern photographers whose experience in Mexico in the mid-1920s (after the Mexican Revoultion) transformed their work,” said Erin M. Coe, director of the Palmer Museum. “It also demonstrates the incredible cultural richness to be found across the border, not to mention the vital cross-cultural exchange that historically has been integral to the development of art in the 20th century.”

Hand-selected by the artist in the late 1970s, the Álvarez Bravo portfolio includes 15 prints that span several decades and reveal the prodigious Mexican photographer’s career-long preoccupation with myth, folklore and death. 

News story here and info here.

Mon 8/12 – “They Shall Not Grow Old” WW I documentary – $7 adults, $4 students

·      3 pm and 7 pm showtimes, State Theatre, rated R

On the centenary of the end of First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents a

unique film which brings into high definition the human face of the First World War.  Using state-of-the-art technology to restore original archival footage, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men (sic) who were there. Using their voices, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.  Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.

Fri 8/22 – Healthy Aging and Inclusion: ABC’s of LGBTQ+– reservations required – free

·      9:30 – 11 am, Foxdale Village Auditorium, 500 E. Marylyn Ave.

Join us for a lecture discussing the lived experiences of middle and older-aged LGBTQ+ adults and how individuals and communities can create more inclusive environments.  A light breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the lecture will start at 10 a.m.  The speaker, Britney Wardecker, is an assistant professor of nursing and a faculty affiliate in the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State.  Reservations are required; please reserve your seat by phone at (814) 865-4776 or email at healthyaging@psu.edu.

The Healthy Aging Lecture Series is a community partnership between Foxdale Village, Juniper Village at Brookline, The Village at Penn State, Penn State Bookstore, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State.  News announcement here.


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