Community Cultural & Diversity Calendar

Stay in the know about what’s happening around Spokane!
Stop here to find family-friendly, educational, or racial & social justice oriented events going on in or around the area.


Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

  • Asian Pacific Americans, a term that encompasses many ethnic groups, worked tirelessly to build a national railroad infrastructure, paving the way for western expansion. The first Asian Pacific Heritage Week was celebrated in 1979, in response to little or no recognition of this population in the 1976 bicentennial celebrations. By 1990, the celebration was a month long and then made official in 1992. For more information visit https://asianpacificheritage.gov/ and the WA State Commission for Asian Pacific American Affairs https://capaa.wa.gov/.

Jewish American Heritage Month

  • In 2006, President George W. Bush designated May as the month to teach about Jewish history and culture and to recognize the important contributions of Jewish Americans to U.S. history. For more information visit https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov. In addition, visit the Washington State Jewish Historical Society at http://www.wsjhs.org/ for information about Jewish people in WA State.

Older American’s Month

  • It was established by Presidential Proclamation in 1963. The entire nation is encouraged to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. It is celebrated across the country through ceremonies and events.

The Black Lens

The Black Lens is an independent community publication focused on the news, events, people, issues, and information of importance to the Black community. Sandra Williams is the editor and publisher with a long history of anti-oppression work. She was a founding member of Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR) and a long time member of the Spokane NAACP.

Learn more about The Black Lens, how to support the paper, and read back issues at blacklensnews.com.

May Issue


Events In Spokane – May 2021

The below list of Spokane area diversity/cultural events and activities were compiled and provided by Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora. If you know of a diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to this diversity monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details. Thank you!

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Local Events In Spokane This May

  • Art Contest
    Faith leaders and Leaders of Conscience of Eastern Washington and North Idaho invites you to their art contest. Open to Middle School, High School, College/Adult. Create an artistic poster to “Celebrate Curiosity”
    One top prize of $150 and three $100 runner-up prizes (one in each age category).
    Submit no later than May 12, 2021. Announcement of winner by June 10, 2021.
    For more information for entry and rules, email FLLConscience@gmail.com.
  • Trauma and Healing in Asian American Communities Today
    Dr. Okazaki’s current research focuses on the twin impact of anti-Asian racism and anti-Black racism during the pandemic on Asian Americans’ wellbeing. Join them as she discusses the lessons emerging about individual and community actions promoting healing, resilience, and solidarity.
    Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
    Time: noon-1:00 pm
    Location: On -line Cost: Free, register at bit.ly/aapiheal
    For more information visit https://inside.ewu.edu/mcc/aapi-heritage-month-2021/. Sponsored by Eastern WA University. Hosted by the Anthropology Department, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and the WAGE Center.
  • Paint the Cracks Red
    Paint the cracks red is a project in support of May 5th MMIW Day of Action as a reminder to not let our loved ones fall through the cracks. They will be painting red handprints on the sidewalks and painting the cracks red in reflection of the high numbers of missing and murdered indigenous that are falling through the cracks in.
    Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Location: Starts in front of city Hall
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/MusicMovement509. Sponsored by MAC (Music, Art, Creative) Movement.
  • Always On: How to Turn Up the Volume on Everyday Communication
    Is there such a thing as an “authentic self?” Though the phrase looks great on an inspirational poster, we are constantly in flux. You may act differently as a friend or a romantic partner, as a worker or a boss, or as a student or a teacher. We are all performing every day, and these performances should be embraced—they influence our lives in profound ways and can help us have richer experiences.
    Drawing from philosophy and psychology, actor and public speaking expert Monica Cortés Viharo explores the roles we play in our lives and the performances all around us—and shows how to communicate confidently in all situations. This interactive discussion also introduces practice exercises for combating performance anxiety and being a confident public speaker. Viharo is earning a PhD in Drama and has twenty years of experience as an actor and public speaking consultant. Viharo lives in Seattle.
    Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register at https://fvrl.librarymarket.com/always-how-turn-volume-everyday-communication.
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-always-on-how-to-turn-up-the-volume-on-everyday-communication-2/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries.
  • From Mexican to Mexican-American: A Family Immigration Story – SCC Hagan Center
    As immigration has become more hotly debated in the United States, the arguments have become cartoonish, with one side often painted as naïve and another as xenophobic. What has become lost is the human story of immigration to America, with all its complexity, heartache, and hope.
    Professor Carlos Gil sought to understand immigration by tracing his family’s history from the 1920s to the 1970s. In the process, he discovered the excitement, culture shock, inter-family conflict, and questions of identity that many immigrants face when seeking a better life in another country. Based on his book, We Became Mexican-American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream, this talk explores Mexican immigration by spotlighting his own family’s experience in southern California, including parallels with Washington State. Carlos Gil is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Washington, where he has taught the history of Latin America for over thirty years.
    Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
    Location: On-line – this presentation will be in English and in Spanish.
    Cost: Free
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/from-mexican-to-mexican-american-a-family-immigration-story-26/ for am session; and https://www.humanities.org/event/online-from-mexican-to-mexican-american-a-family-immigration-story-8/ for pm session. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Cascadia College (am) and Walla Walla Community College (pm).
  • Celebrate Cinco de mayo with History and Culture!
    HBPA will be hosting an exhibit of the real history behind 5 de Mayo. It commemorates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over Napoleon III’s France at the Battle of Pueblo during the France-Mexican War.
    Dates: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
    Location: Spring Market at the Pavilion
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/HBPASPOKANE. Sponsored by Hispanic Business/Professional Association (HBPA) and Spokane Riverfront Park. and to register
  • She Traveled Solo: Strong Women in the Early 20th Century
    During a 5,000-mile solo bicycle ride from southern California to Maine, Tessa Hulls heard the same thing daily: that a woman can’t travel alone. Using historical photographs, primary documents, and hand-drawn illustrations, Hulls takes participants into the lives of intrepid female adventurers who lived through the turn of the 20th century—before the right to vote or the right to own property. In sharing these stories and her own, Hulls illuminates the power of history in today’s world and demonstrates why female role models are vital in affecting social change.
    Tessa Hulls is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and outdoorswoman who focuses on women’s stories, and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post and Atlas Obscura’s Kickass Women series.
    Dates: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register at website below.
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-she-traveled-solo-strong-women-in-the-early-20th-century-10/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Hearthstone.
  • No More Stolen Sisters: A Discussion of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
    Join the conversation for an important discussion on the urgent crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls and steps forward to secure safety and justice for them. This conversation will be moderated by Commissioner Vicki Lowe, and we will be joined by special guests: Representative Debra Lekanoff, , representing the 40th House district; Patricia Whitefoot, President of the National Indian Education Association; and Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and Executive Vice President at the Seattle Indian Health Board
    Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Location: On-line – us02web.zoom.us
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://www.wswc.wa.gov/. Sponsored by WA State Women’s Commission.
  • Grand Opening – Office of Latinos en Spokane
    Join the Latinos en Spokane team for an opening ceremony, tour of the office, music, and food.
    Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Location: 1502 N Monroe Ave. Cost: Free, please wear a mask and social distance.
    For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=latinos%20en%20spokane.
  • View the Pavilion in Honor of Missing & Murdered Indigenous (MMI)
    The Pavilion at Riverfront Park will be lit up RED to honor, remember and bring awareness for our missing and murdered community members and to show support to their loved ones. The MMIW (Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women) proclamation was signed by Spokane City to honor MMI people every year on May 5th. We encourage participation in this event as well as the community walk and art installations scheduled earlier in the day. Another positive way to support this cause is to wear red clothing on May 5th and donate to local organizations who work actively to address this systemic issue.
    Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park Pavilion Cost: Free, please respect others by wearing a mask in public settings.
    For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/MusicMovement509. Sponsored by MAC (Music, Art, Creative) Movement.
  • From Crime to the Classroom: How Education Changes Lives
    According to statistics, Omari Amili’s story should have turned out much differently. His parents suffered from addiction which led to him growing up in poverty and struggling in school. Eventually, he ended up serving prison time. Though Amili was a product of what’s often referred to as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” it was ultimately education that changed Amili’s life. Blending his personal story and scholarship, Amili leads a discussion on the benefits of another path: the “prison-to-college pipeline,” where incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people can take college courses and receive a degree. Studies have shown that education is one of the best ways to reduce the chance of returning to prison, and Omari explores how we all benefit—as individuals and a society—from the new perspective, sense of direction, and confidence education provides.
    Omari Amili earned a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington Tacoma, where his research focused on the benefits of college education for formerly incarcerated people.
    Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, visit the website below.
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-from-crime-to-the-classroom-how-education-changes-lives-9/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Anacortes Public Library.
  • Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion
    In March of 1942, 227 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on Bainbridge Island by the US Army. Starting with this small community, a national strategy began, with more than 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II.
    Clarence Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now? Moriwaki is the president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and a founder and former president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association.
    Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register at website below.
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-let-it-not-happen-again-lessons-of-the-japanese-american-exclusion-8/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by The Westport Timberland Library.
  • 12th Annual Lavender Graduation
    To protect the health and safety of our community, Lavender Graduation 2021 will be a Drive-Thru celebration. Lavender stoles will be given to students participating in our drive-thru celebration and for those who are unable to attend we will mail your stole to you or you can pick one up at the Pride Center by appointment. To receive a lavender stole, all graduates must register by April 30th.
    Date: Friday, May 7 2021
    Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Location: EWU Parking Lot = P15 (behind Hargreaves Hall), EWU, Cheney, WA. The celebration will be streamed live.
    Cost: $10 registration fee for non -EWU students graduates need to register, visit their website. For more information visit https://inside.ewu.edu/pridecenter/lavendergaduation/. For questions, please contact Vanessa Delgado, Interim Director of Student Equity and Inclusion Service at: vdelgado2@ewu.edu or (509) 359-4121.
  • SCC Hagan Center – Luis Rodriquez Rodriquez
    Luis Rodriquez Rodriquez is a poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist. He was the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. He is recognized as a major figure in contemporary Chicano literature. His best-known work is Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., which received several awards
    Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am on Facebook Live, 6:30 pm on YouTube
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free
    To view the presentation, visit https://scc.spokane.edu/News-Events/Live-Events.
  • What’s Age Got to Do With It?
    “You look good for your age.” “You’re too young to understand.”
    In employment decisions, family discussions, medical care, and even in birthday cards, assumptions about being “over the hill” or “a lazy kid” are common. What do you wish society would stop saying about your generation? How can we talk about age and aging in a more positive, affirming way? In this interactive and fun talk, Dori Gillam welcomes individuals from every generation to explore how we can begin valuing all ages—including our own.
    Dori Gillam has researched and spoken on ageism and aging for over 30 years.
    Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, visit website below.
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/whats-age-got-to-do-with-it-15/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by United Methodist Women.
  • The Complexity of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Identities: A Conversation
    The Asian and Pacific Islander communities, although often grouped into one acronym, are made up of large vibrant and ethnically diverse identities. Join us as we explore the shared experiences, unique challenges, and complexities from members of AAPI communities. Moderator and Panelists: Rowena Pineda (Moderator), Tamika Williams, Sam Lee, Ryann Louie, Sarah Dixit and Kiana McKenna.
    Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Location: On-line Cost: Free, register at bit.ly/aapicomplexity
    For more information visit https://inside.ewu.edu/mcc/aapi-heritage-month-2021/. Sponsored by Eastern WA University. Hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition – Spokane Chapter, Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and the Women’s and Gender Education Center, and the EWU AAPI Month Planning Committee.
  • 26th Annual Hispanic/Latinx Graduate and Young Scholar Recognition Ceremony
    All Hispanic/Latino(a) graduating students and young scholars (grades 7-11 with 3.0 gpa) from Spokane County schools and colleges/universities are invited to participate via on-line.
    Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021, deadline to register to be recognized is May 1, 2021.
    Time: 6:00 pm (new time)
    Location: Virtual, on-line via Facebook: www.facebook.com/HBPASPOKANE
    Cost: Free
    For more information email hbpaceremony@gmail.com, visit their website at www.hbpaofspokane.org.
  • Murder at Manito Book by Author Chris Bieker
    Can Detective Rex Begonia and his partner Ivy Lizei find the murderer of Manito Park’s head gardener before the Lilac Festival is ruined? Join local author Chris Bieker as she discusses her first novel, Murder at Manito. As a special treat Chris will do a reading from her book inside Gaiser Conservatory, the scene of the crime. You don’t want to miss this different angle on gardening.
    Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am Location: On-line via Zoom – Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87963348898?pwd=QlRUTE0ydGM3bGxrMUxreWdxR3ZtZz09&fbclid=IwAR3KIVmv8Z5_wkJ7FfrnZtBByze8mCspOyzf1lzvNyQo81FqHHleDO2vvUw#success, Meeting ID: 879 6334 8898, Passcode: 249708
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheFriendsofManito or website ay https://thefriendsofmanito.org/. Sponsored by The Friends of Manito.
  • NAACP General Membership Meeting
    Date: Monday, May 17, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line via Zoom
    Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone.
    For more information visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spokane.naacp/ or visit their website at http://spokanenaacp.com/.
  • What’s Age Got to Do With It?
    Read information at their May 12, 2021 presentation..
    Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, visit website below.
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-whats-age-got-to-do-with-it-7/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Hearthstone.
  • Cultural Conversation: Does Family Really Come First?
    Join us as we discuss the role of family in our lives, what truly makes a family, and how to balance familial expectations, individuality, and honoring our roots.
    Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    Time: noon-1:30 pm Location: On-line – bit.ly/aapifamily and Live streamed on Facebook @ewumcc
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://inside.ewu.edu/mcc/aapi-heritage-month-2021/. Sponsored by Eastern WA University. Hosted by the Hosted by Multicultural Center.
  • Sometimes Heroes: America’s Changing Relationship with Its Veterans
    “Support our troops” is a common phrase, seen on lawn signs and bumper stickers across America. Veterans are welcomed home by enthusiastic crowds, and thousands of service organizations help veterans find jobs, secure housing, and heal from the experience of war.
    But it wasn’t always this way. Veterans returning from Vietnam were often greeted by mobs accusing them of being “baby killers.” Veterans from Korea felt their war was forgotten and unknown. And veterans from World War I, destitute during the Great Depression, were treated like criminals by their government.
    Why and how has America’s treatment of its veterans changed over time? How have the country’s citizens responded to the call of duty from one war to the next? This presentation examines America’s relationship to wars and veterans over the last century, and what shapes our current national consciousness towards veterans and the wars they fight in our name. Jeb Wyman has been a faculty member for over twenty years at Seattle Central College.
    Dates: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and/or Thursday, May 20, 2021
    Time: 1:00 pm | 12:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, visit their website below.
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-sometimes-heroes-americas-changing-relationship-with-its-veterans-6/ | https://www.humanities.org/event/online-sometimes-heroes-americas-changing-relationship-with-its-veterans-4/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Walla Walla community College | Speakers Bureau Event Seattle.
  • From Mexican to Mexican-American: A Family Immigration Story – SCC Hagan Center
    Read information at their May 5, 2021 presentation.
    Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 | Saturday, May 22, 2021
    Time: 6:00 pm | 2:00 pm
    Location: On-line – this presentation will be in English and in Spanish.
    Cost: Free
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-from-mexican-to-mexican-american-a-family-immigration-story-9/ for session on the 21st; and https://www.humanities.org/event/online-from-mexican-to-mexican-american-a-family-immigration-story-10/ for 22nd session. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by North Olympic Library System (21st) and Speakers Bureau Event Port Angeles (22nd)
  • Virtual Screening Room: Minari & Kapaemahu
    Minari (run time: 115min) is a tender and sweeping story about what roots us. Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Kapaemahu (8min 24sec) reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. The name of their leader was Kapaemahu.
    Date: May 21, 2021
    Time: 6:00 pm – visit information below for time restrictions to watch the film. Location: Virtual, must RSVP at least 3 business days before screening schedule, register at http://bit.ly/virtualminari (limited slots available).
    Cost: Free,
    For more information visit https://inside.ewu.edu/mcc/aapi-heritage-month-2021/. Sponsored by Eastern WA University.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Minari & Kapaemahu
    See above for film descriptions.
    Date: May 21, 2021
    Time: 8:30 pm, gates open at 7:00 pm Location: Parking Lot 12, Register: http://bit.ly/aapiminari (Limited slots available)
    Cost: Free, will accept voluntary donations
    For more information visit https://inside.ewu.edu/mcc/aapi-heritage-month-2021/. Sponsored by Eastern WA University.
  • Higher Power: The History of Evangelicals in American Politics
    Explore the history and meaning behind a uniquely American movement: Evangelical Christianity. Evangelicals are the strongest religious voting bloc in America, despite being a relatively new coalition. How did they come to hold such power?
    In this balanced and respectful talk, WSU professor Matthew Sutton traces the history of the religious right in America, from its early roots to its rise to power under Ronald Reagan and into the current era. Feeling concerned about the rise in secularism, evangelicals have taken to the pulpit and the airwaves to explain how Biblical end-times prophecies make sense of a troubled modern world. How does this history help us understand our current political system? Matthew Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University.
    Dates: Saturday, May 22, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register at website below (registration to come).
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-higher-power-the-history-of-evangelicals-in-american-politics-3/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Online Speakers Bureau Event Seattle.
  • Heating Up: The Ethics of Climate Change
    Ethicist Brian G. Henning discusses how global warming itself is not the only problem—it’s a symptom of a larger issue concerning how we conceive of ourselves and our relationship to the natural world. Brian G. Henning is a professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University and has earned a PhD in philosophy.
    Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-heating-up-the-ethics-of-climate-change-13/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Friends of Third Place Commons, dba Third Place Commons.
  • Asian American Women’s Experiences Past and Present
    Dr. Doris T. Chang, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wichita State University, discusses the ways in which stereotypes and U.S. immigration laws affect Asian American women’s experiences and how the white majority society perceive Asian American women both past and present.
    Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
    Time: 4:00 pm (PDT) – 5:00 pm
    Location: On-line via Zoom
    Cost: Free, must register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316173076666/WN_5UvYNOmuSuqExgX–qQtYQ?fbclid=IwAR3902fKaFtyYbgK5rPHe_TUiaRliu9IlQIWQGhE46YzGxWs8Vu-WLVeWY8. For more information visit http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/. Sponsored by The Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence, KS.

Save the Date

  • AAPI Heritage Day
    Art Show, Performances, 50+ vendors, free kid’s activities, and Island Style Food truck.
    Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location Centerplace’s West Lawn Plaza. 2426 N Discovery Pl
    Cost: Free
    For more information contact charitydoyle@yahoo.com.
  • YWCA Spokane 14-Day Equity & Social Justice Challenge
    Coming in June, each challenge includes prompts suggesting you take a few moments each day to build more effective social justice habits by reading an article, listening to a podcast, or reflecting on a personal experience.
    Register: https://ywcaspokane.org/racialjustice/challenge/
    Location: Virtual, online
    Cost: Free

If you know of diversity/cultural events open to the public that you would like added to the monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details.

For other general events in Spokane, visit visitspokane.com or spokane7.com.


Radio

KYRS Radio Programs For Your Consideration. To learn more visit www.kyrs.org.

Art Hour
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Program includes in-depth interviews with local artists, cultural commentary, and announcements for the creative community and their fans. Hosted by Mike and Eric. On KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Can You Queer Me Now?
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hear voices directly from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Questioning community right here in the Inland Northwest. You will hear more about current events, local groups, and perspectives directly from the queer youth community. Hosted by Ian Sullivan on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Democracy Now
Day: Monday-Friday
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am & 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
A national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S. Link www.democracynow.org/. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Democracy Now! Headlines in Spanish
Date: Saturday
Time: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM Website: http://www.kyrs.org or www.democracynow.org.

Dragonflies on Thin Air
Day: Sunday
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
One of the few elementary age children’s radio shows produced by kids for kids in the country. The program is fun and educational for children and adults, and includes a mix of jokes, music, guests, stories, poetry, trivia and more. includes Alice, Elenor C., Lily, Rowan, Sicely, Finn, Eleanor M., Sophia, Aleric and Amara. They all go to Spokane Public Montessori elementary school. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Irish Music on Tap
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Music from Ireland, Scotland, and England as well as Celtic Brittany and Canada. Hosted by Don and Rick, on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Ke Buena.
Spanish language station. Oz 95.7.

Latin Lounge
Day: Monday
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
A wide spectrum of Latin music. Hosted by “Corazon” on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Layali Arabia
Day: Monday
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arabic songs from a multitude of different genres to come out of the Arab World. Hosted by Rachel on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org

Queens of Noise
Day: Wednesday
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
You will hear best in female vocalists/musicians. Hosted by Luscious Duchess, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

QueerSounds
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
QueerSounds is a radio show dedicated to playing music by and for LGBTQ people. Music, interviews, community events, and forums. KYRS FM 92.3 or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

The Persian Hour
Day: Saturday
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
The Persian Hour’s consists of a variety of Iranian music from hip hop to traditional, Jazz, blues, rock and roll and the usual. Also, they will share stories, recipes, and interviews. Hosted by Shahrokh, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Raise Your Voice
Day: Friday
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A teenage-run music and current events program. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org

The Science of Poverty
Day: Saturday
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Explores the topic of poverty. Hosted by Jesse Quintana, official Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/TheScienceOfPoverty, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org

SOS-Spokane
Day: Thursday
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The show addresses critical issues facing the Inland Northwest via research, in-depth news, information, analysis, and reasoned opinion. Hosted by Paul Potocky. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org

Sounds of Science
Day: Sunday
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lively discussion of what’s happening in the world of science, from how it is affecting our lives to the ways we are shaping it. Hosted by Blake, Amaya, and Adam. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Two Brown Ladies and a Microphone
Day: Sunday
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Soul conversations. Life advices. Things that make us think, reflect, cope and ultimately stay the course. Hosted by Duncan & Brown. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org

Welcome Home
Day: Thursday
Time: 10:00 am – noon
A multi-genre roots based folk show. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Women’s Media Center Live
Day: Wednesday
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
WMC Live with Robin Morgan tackles today’s hottest topics; whether it be sex, politics, art, humor, religion, culture, or news stories that go unreported, each is engaged regularly, insightfully, and intelligently. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

Workin’ Woman Blues
Day: Sunday
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tunes to help you shake the blues out of your hair with a mix of Funk, R&B, Soul and Blues. Hosted by Jukebox Jennie. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM. Website: http://www.kyrs.org


Have a library card? Check out Spokane County District Library. They have large digital resources including eBooks/audio books with Overdrive/Libby. With Flipster browse, download and read digital magazines and with hoopla stream popular movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics and tv shows along, with many other online services. They offer curb side pickup and yes, you can still request a library card.

If you have a library card to Spokane Public Library, they also have a large digital Library resources including eBooks/audio books with Overdrive/Libby. Along with hoopla, Kanopy (movies and tv) and RBDigital (magazines) and other online resources. They also offer curb side pickup and yes, you can still request a library card.


May 2021 International/National Cultural Celebrations Calendar

  • May 1
    • International Labor (or workers) Day – International
      Observed in more than 140 counties under various names, this day is a celebration of the central contributions of workers to the economic life of their nation, and of worker solidarity. The day was designated by the international Socialist Congress of 1889, though it had been observed earlier, partly in commemoration of the Haymarket massacre in Chicago in 1886.
    • Vappu Day – Finland
      Known as May Day around the world.
    • Beltane – Wicca
      Greets the summer. It takes its name from the Celtic God Bel who mates with the Earth Goddess on this day. It was a midsummer fertility festival in Celtic paganism. Maypole dances are presently held.
    • Santa Cruzan Day – Philippines
      Filipinos consider this the first day of spring. It commemorates the corresponding day in the 4th century A.D. when St. Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine of Rome found the holy cross on which Jesus was crucified.
  • May 2
    • Pasha/Easter – Christian-Coptic & Eastern Orthodox
      This day celebrates the resurrection ofJjesus from his grave. Most Christians welcome Easter Sunday with a sunrise service.
    • Mother’s Day (Día de la Madre or Día de las Madres)– Portugal and Spain
      Honors mothers and mother figures in Spain on the first Sunday in May.
  • May 3
    • Easter Monday – Christian-Coptic & Eastern Orthodox
      This day commemorates the meeting of the women at Jesus’ tomb with an angel who assured them that Jesus had been resurrected from death. It is observed as a holiday in some countries.
    • World Press Freedom Day – UN, 26th Celebration
      A day to promote press freedom in the world and to remind the public that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.
    • Constitution Day – Japan
      Commemorates the 1947 democratic constitution.
    • Constitution Day – Poland
      Commemorates ratification of the first constitution in 1791.
    • May Day Bank Holiday – N. Ireland, Scotland, UK
  • May 4
    • Midori-No-Hi – Japan
      Previously known as Showa Day stemming from the celebration of the Emperor Showa’s birthday on April 29, this celebration was moved to May 4 in 2007 and renamed Greenery Day, acknowledging the emperor’s love of plants and to appreciate nature.
    • Memorial Day – Netherlands
      Celebrates the day on which Nazi forces were driven out of Holland by the Allies in 1945.
    • Matsu Festival – China, Taiwan
      Matsu saved her brother from drowning and at the age of 28 ascended into heaven. She earned the title of Goddess of the Sea and is the patron of fisherman. There are rites and processions at Matsu temples.
  • May 5
    • Cinco de Mayo – Mexico, USA
      The 5th of May in Spanish. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Batalla de Puebla in 1862. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, it came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. It is celebrated on a much larger scale in the US than in Mexico. People of Mexican descent in the US celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folkloric dancing and other festive activities.
    • Kodomo-No-Hi (Children’s Day) – Japan
      A national holiday known as Boy’s Day. Kites in the shape brightly colored caps are flown. Carps are a symbol of longevity and strength.
    • Liberation Day – Netherlands
      Commemorates the celebration of freedom and the end of the Second World War for the Netherlands
    • National MMIW Awareness Day
      Bring recognition to the disappearance and murders of Native women and girls, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)
  • May 6
    • National Day of Prayer – USA
  • May 7
    • Laylat al-Qadr – Islam
      Night of Power, commemorates the revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad in 620 CE.
  • May 8
    • World Red Cross Day – International
      The American Red Cross is celebrating more than 150 years of humanitarian work and the local and global impact.
  • May 9
    • Mother’s Day – USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark
      In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May as an official holiday in honor of mothers. Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia first suggested a day on which to honor mothers and motherhood.
    • Victory Day – Russia
      Commemorates the 1945 surrender of German forces in Eastern Europe and honors the 20 million Soviet people who died in World War II.
    • Liberation Day – Channel Islands
      The Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to be occupied by German forces. The five-year occupation came to an end on May 9, 1945.
  • May 10
    • Yom Yerushalayim) – Israel
      This day marks the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
  • May 13
    • Our Lady of Fatima – Portugal
      On May 13, 1917 in Portugal, three shepherd children saw and conversed with the Virgin Mary in a vision. This occurred on the 13th day of the month for six months in a row.
    • Eid-ul-Fitr – Islam
      This marks the end of the Ramadan fast and is celebrated for 3-days. Date of observance may vary according to sighting of the new moon. Dates vary by a day depending on whether the Saudi Arabia or North American Calendar is being observed. This calendar follows the North American dates which are a day later.
    • Ascension Christian
      This day commemorates the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.
  • May 15
    • Independence Day – Paraguay
      A two-day celebration of independence from Spain in 1811.
    • International Day of Families – UN
      Proclaimed in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. Provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families.
    • Armed Forces Day – USA
      Proclaimed in 1949 to pay tribute to those serving in all the US armed forces.
    • Akshaya Tritya – Jain
      This day celebrates the day when Lord Rishabha broke his first year-long fast by drinking sugar cane juice. To begin anything new is considered very auspicious on this day.
  • May 16
    • Ázamat (4th Month) – Bahá’í
      The first day of the fourth Bahá’í month. The English translation of Azamat (Arabic) is Grandeur.
  • May 17
    • Constitution Day – Norway
      The Constitution of Norway was signed on May 17, 1814 declaring it to be an independent nation. Referred to syttende mai (meaning May 17th).
    • International Day against Homophobia
      LGBT May 17 was chosen as the day of the event because homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17, 1990. Idaho seeks to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights and violations.
    • Shavuot (May 17-May 18)
      Begins the previous sundown at 6:00 pm. Called the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost which means 50 and therefore celebrated on the 50th day at the end of Passover. Shavuot celebrates the time when the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. This feast lasts 2-days.
    • World Information Society – UN
  • May 19
    • Buddha’s Birthday – Hong Kong, Korea
      Buddhism, the fourth largest religion in the world, being exceeded in numbers by Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism was founded in Northern India by the first know Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. In 535 BCE he attained enlightenment and assumed the title Lord Buddha (one who as awakened).
    • Ataturk Commemoration and Youth and Sports Day – Turkey
      Commemorates the landing at Samsun in 1919 of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the beginning of a national movement for independence. On this day, young athletes carry torches to the sites of the athletic contests.
  • May 20
    • National Day – Cameroon
      Commemorates the establishment of the Republic of Cameroon on this day in 1972.
  • May 21
    • World Day for Cultural Diversity – UN
      The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
    • Navy Day – Chile Commemorates Battle of Iquique.
  • May 22
    • National Day – Yemen
      Commemorates the unification of North Yemen and South Yemen, which took place on this date in 1990.
    • International Day for Biological Diversity – UN
      The goal is to raise awareness and promote the conservation of biodiversity on a local and global level. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems on Earth.
  • May 23
    • Pentecost – Christian
      The holy Spirit was felt amongst the 12-apostles after Jesus’ death. New members of the church are baptized on this day. It is called White Sunday because of white clothes are worn for baptism.
  • May 23
    • Declaration of Báb – Bahá’İ
      The Bahá’İ faith began in Persia (now Iran) on this day in 1844, by the prophet Báb who announced his mission as the founder. The event is celebrated about two hours after sunset.
    • Labor Day – Jamaica
      This holiday is in commemoration of Alexander Bustamante who led a labor rebellion, leading Jamaica to independence on May 23, 1938, however it was not until 1961 that this day was officially celebrated as Labor Day.
    • African Liberation Day – International
      Anniversary of the 1963 formation of the Organization of African Unity by 30 African leaders. The day is marked by sports contests, political rallies, and tribal dances.
  • May 24
    • Victoria Day – Canada
      Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24, 1837)was declared a holiday in Canada in 1845. The UK celebrates her birthday in June.
    • Day of the Patriots – Quebec, Canada
      Commemorates French patriots of 1837-1838 for their contribution to freedom and national recognition.
    • Independence Day – Eritrea
      Independence from Ethiopian rule in 1993 after a 30-year civil war.
    • Bermuda Day – Bermuda
  • May 25
    • Independence Day – Jordan
      Commemorates the 1946 treaty that established the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and independence from Great Britain.
    • Indigenous Awareness Week Indigenous – Canada
      First introduced in 1992, held on the four days that follow the Victoria Day long weekend. It was designed to increase awareness of Aboriginal peoples among federal public service employees.
    • Revolution Day – Argentina
      The anniversary of a revolution that took place in 1810 which led to Argentina’s independence.
  • May 26
    • Independence Day – Guyana
      Independence from British rule in 1966.
    • Wesak – Buddhist
      The most important Buddhist festival, Wesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha as one event. Different cultures observe his day with different customs, for example, Sri Lankans light lanterns, Vietnamese purchase captive animals and release them, Koreans host a lantern parade.
  • May 27
    • Republic Day – Azerbaijan, Nepal
      Celebrates the founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan in 1918.
    • Republic Day –Nepal
  • May 28
    • Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahá’İ
      Commemorates the 1892 death near Haifa, Israel of the prophet-founder of the Bahá’İ faith. The event is observed at his actual time of passing at 3:00 am.
  • May 29
    • Peacekeepers Day – UN
      This pays tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations and honors the memory of those who have lost their lives in this service.
  • May 30
    • Joan of Arc Day – France
      St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. A peasant girl who, believing that she was acting under divine guidance, led the French army in a momentous victory at Orleans. She was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 at the age of nineteen.
    • Mother’s Day – France, Sweden
  • May 31
    • Memorial Day – USA
      A day of remembrance for those who died in service to their country. The 3rd U.S. Infantry places American flags at about 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.
    • National Sorry Day – Australia
      Also known as Journey of Healing Day; commemorates the history of forcible removal of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children from their families and the painful repercussions of that action. In 1998, over half a million Australian people responded, signing Sorry Books and taking part in ceremonies on Sorry Day.
    • World No-Tobacco Day – UN
      The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

Source: The majority of the Diversity/Cultural Celebrations with permission are from Creative Cultural Communications 2021 Diversity Calendar.


Thank you again to Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora for providing this list of diversity/cultural events. If you know of a diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to this diversity monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details. Thank you!


Asian and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

Every May, we celebrate the diverse cultures and communities represented by Asians and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States — and recognize the contributions that AAPI people make to our country every day. If you’d like to celebrate AAPI stories during May, you can find dozens of books for children and teens starring Asian American and Pacific Islander Mighty Girls! From charming picture books to inspiring middle grade novels to thoughtful YA historical fiction, these stories showcase the diverse experiences of AAPI people in America. They also highlight universal experiences shared by all children and youth, that of discovering your passions and finding your path in the world. They’re perfect for sharing with the kids in your life during AAPI Heritage Month and all year round!

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