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Library examines Asian cultures through food traditions

Library examines Asian cultures through food traditionsAsian Americans make up approximately six percent of Hennepin County residents. The largest groups are Hmong, Vietnamese, Asian Indian and Chinese. Asian celebrations are centered around food and Asian cuisine is known the world over for its rich flavors and spices.

This May, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Hennepin County Library's Spice and Slice of Asia 2010 series explores the role food plays in Hmong, Indian, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. Local culinary professionals and community figures will share the history and traditions of food and festivities within their respective communities.
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Minnesota celebrates Mexican independence and culture

Minnesota will celebrate the Bicentennial of the Independence of México and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution in festivities that include the famed Marimba Nandayapa, performing as part of the Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference.

Marimba Nandayapa, a musical group whose origin starts from its founder and director, Maestro Zeferino Nandayapa, native of Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, México.  performs in different venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Marimba Nandayapa performances are:

8pm Wednesday, April 28, at Ted Mann Concert Hall, the opening concert for the Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference
11am Thursday, April 29, performance by Javier Nandayapa at Weisman Art Museum
8am-5pm Friday, April 30, Marimba 2010 Festival
8pm Friday April 30,  VocalEssence Concert at St. Paul Cathedral for a world premiere of “Aquí ha Nacido el Tiempo” by Mexican composer Jórge Córdoba
8am Saturday, May 1,  Lecture/demonstration at Ted Mann Concert Hall

For additional information about the festival please visit www.marimba2010.org
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MayDay Fundraiser MayDay

MayDay Fundraiser MayDay The Haiti Rebuild Fund presents a Mayday Fundraiser featuring Chicago Blues Singer Barbara LeShoure, Wain McFarlane and Stu Blue & Company on Sunday, May 2, 2010, 8:00 PM @ The Red Sea, 320 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis (Cedar Avenue & Riverside Avenue — Minneapolis West Bank.). Donations accepted at the door and donations can be made on line at www.communityfirstusa.net. Please mail donations to Haiti Rebuild Fund, PO Box 580367 Minneapolis MN 55458

Please Support our Efforts! Look for us in the May Day Parade on May 2nd (starting at 25th & Bloomington Ave at 11 a.m.) along the Bloomington Avenue route in Minneapolis and ending at Powderhorn Park with the Sun Celebration.

For further information contact us at . 612-239-4336 or info@communityfirstusa.net

We must teach our children about gun violence

We must teach our children about gun violenceAs parents we teach our children not to speak to strangers, to look both ways before crossing the street, not to use drugs and other common sense practices. But we don’t teach them how to avoid being injured or killed by gun violence.

Homicide is the leading cause of death for African American males 15 to 24 years of age. Ninety percent of these young boys/men are killed with firearms. And gun violence is popping up all across the Twin Cities. Recently, a 14-year-old boy from Hastings Middle School who brought a .22 caliber loaded handgun to school; a 16-year-old Red Lake Senior High boy killed his family and proceeded to the high school to open fire and killed and injured 21 persons before turning the gun on himself. Two 17-year-old Somali boys shot three persons in a botched robbery. Minneapolis is not immune to this national epidemic of gun violence. Our youth are risking their lives, endangering others and facing years of incarceration, paralyzing injuries and violent death.
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Twin Cities marks 25th anniversary of Juneteenth Celebration

Twin Cities marks 25th anniversary of Juneteenth CelebrationAs it celebrates its 25th anniversary, the local Juneteenth Celebration continues to highlight the wellness and improvement of the African American community in the Twin Cities. The theme for this summer’s event is “Celebrating the Spirit of Freedom and Community.”

Juneteenth, the oldest celebration of the end of American slavery, began in Galveston, TX, in 1865, when Union troops enforced the Emancipation Proclamation declaring all slaves freed in revolting states. Upon notice of their freedom two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, the former slaves held community festivals oriented to support the former slaves in their efforts to realize their new freedoms through voting, education, and community welfare as well as picnics, family games, arts and music.
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Parks superintendent receives diversity leadership award

Parks superintendent receives diversity leadership award Jon Gurban, superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), received the 2010 Pan-African Student Leadership Conference Award from the Office of Institutional Diversity at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MnSU). The award was presented at the April 7 meeting of the MPRB Board of Commissioners.

Gurban is honored as a pathfinder in the Park Board’s journey into diversity and celebrating emerging African communities within Minneapolis,” said Michael Fagin, Special Presidential Advisor at MnSU. “This award recognizes his contributions for providing culturally-sensitive programming and employment opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse Pan-African community.”
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Just what the kids need

Project Diva and Above the E.D.G.E. youth programs will present a “Pillow Talk” on Saturday April 24.  This event is designed to be an intimate conversation in which youth and mentors can catapult progress towards the concepts of personal development that give them the esteem base needed to be successful in our fast paced society.

Community leaders will help to kick off discussions, followed by having the young adults break off into smaller groups to further the discussions on their own. The topics of discussion include: Leadership, Social & Emotional, Academic, Physical, and Financial Literacy.

Considering the many powerful national headlines regarding troubled youth, it seems that this face-to-face intimate conversation is just what the future ordered.

Mentor speakers are still being accepted. The event will be held at the U.R.O.C. on Plymouth Ave North. Contact Quadree Drakeford through is website www.protecttheedgenow.com
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