Community Cultural & Diversity Calendar

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July  Issue


Events In Spokane – July 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 July

  • Nominations are being accepted for the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards – Gonzaga University
    You are invited to nominate an individual or an organization working to counter hatred in the local, national, or global community.
    Deadline: Deadline extended to July 31, 2021
    To learn more about Eva Lassman, the TAAH award or to complete a nomination form go here: www.gonzaga.edu/TAAH. Questions, contact Contact the Eva Lassman TAAH Award committee members: Rachelle Strawther, Ed.D, (Chair), strawther@gonzaga.edu; Larry Weiser, J.D., weiser@gonzaga.edu; or Fr. Patrick Baraza, Ph.D., barazap@gonzaga.edu.
  • Ceramic Artist Kelsi Kimuar
    Luscious drippy gold details, classy creamy white glazed swirls, edgy moon faces, and “all seeing” eyes are how artist Kelsi
    Kimuar describes her work, but prefers small and precise places.
    Dates: Thursday, July 1-31, 2021
    Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Gallery open daily
    Location: Pottery Place Plus Gallery. 203 N Washington St, Liberty Building (next to Aunties)
    For more information call 509.327.6920 or visit their website at https://www.potteryplaceplus.com. First Fridays are back from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm to meet the artist and see their art.
  • Stage Left Theater Virtual Performance: Words that Changed the World
    An exploration of language through the reading of famous (and infamous) speeches from history. Directed by Robert Tomari, who also created the concept, Words that Changed the World is a journey into uncharted territory; a combination of theater, performance art, and the power of the spoken word. Each of these speeches is presented without bias or explanation.
    Date: Saturday/Sunday, July 3 and 4, 2021
    Location: virtual via https://www.facebook.com/events/143276904575895/?ref=newsfeed.
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit their Facebook page at
    https://www.facebook.com/events/143276904575895/?ref=newsfeed.
  • Oh Slay! Can You See? Drag show
    Featuring Sativa Heather Black St. James, Rachel Monroe, Angelic Black St. James Reigns, The DNA Experience, Beyoncé Black St. James and Lita Mon.
    Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
    Time: 8:30 pm
    Location: Lion’s Lair, 205 W riverside Ave.
    Cost: Free
    For more information, call 509.456.5678 or visit their Facebook page at
    https://www.facebook.com/LionsLairSpokane.
  • Spokane Buddhist Temple Virtual Services
    Virtual Dharma services.
    Dates: Sundays July 4, 11, 18, 18, & 25, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Location: Email SpokaneBuddhistTemple@gmail.com for the Zoom link
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at https://spokanebuddhisttemple.org or call 509.534.7954.
  • Fourth of July Carillon Concert
    Guest Carillonneur, Wesley Arai
    Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021
    Time: noon – 1:00 pm
    Location: St. John’s Cathedral, Cathedral Grounds, 127 E 12th Ave.
    Cost: Free concert picnic-style
    For more information, call 509.838.4277or visit their website at https://www.stjohns-cathedral.org/.
  • Spokane Community Celebration of the 4th of July
    Fireworks to be located at several venues in Spokane.
    Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021
    Time: 10 pm, parking lots open at 8:30 pm.
    Location: Dwight Merkel Sporks Complex (north side off Assembly), Ferris High School (south, off Regal), Avista Stadium (central 0ff Havana), and Plante’s Ferry Sports Stadium (valley off Wellesley).
    For more information visit www.Spokaneparks.org/4thofjuly. The shows are made possible by the generous support of underwriters: Great Clips, Gus Johnson Ford, MultiCare, No-Li, Numerica Credit Union, STCU, and Wakeup Call Coffee. Media Partners: The Spokesman Review and 93.7 The Mountain.
  • 53rd Annual Cheney Rodeo and Parade
    Dance follows the rodeo Friday and Saturday.
    Dates: Friday –Sunday, July 9, 10, & 11, 2021
    Time: Friday 7:10 pm, Saturday 11:30 am (parade downtown Cheney), 7:10 pm (rodeo), Sunday 4:00 pm (rodeo
    family day)
    Location: Bi Mart Arena, Michael P. Anderson Highway (SR 904), Cheney, WA
    Cost: $20 in Advance-on-line sales https://boxoffice.adventuretix.com/cheneyrodeo/events, check website below for specific dates and ages for tickets.
    For more information, visit their website at http://www.cheneyrodeo.com/.
  • 10th Annual PBS On-line Film Festival
    From fact to fiction, these films offer surprising stories. The 25 short films – times vary from several minutes to
    about 25 minutes.
    Dates: Monday, July 12, 2021 to Friday, July 23, 2021
    Cost: Free to watch on-line.
    Watch on-line and vote for your favorite short film. For more information about each film, visit their website at https://www.pbs.org/video/2021-sizzle-reel-esznuw/.
  • SCORE Workshop: Security Strategies for Small Businesses
    Learn strategies for keeping your business secure, including best practices and technology tools you can use.
    Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
    Time: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, register at website below
    For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/list?df=list&nd=150&kw=SCORE. Sponsored by Spokane County Library District.
  • KYRS Community Radio: Page Turner Show
    Discussion with Spokane author, Chet Caskey and his book Haunted Hillyard.
    Date: Friday, July 16, 2021
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: Listen on 88.1, 92.3 or at kyrs.org
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://kyrs.org/.
  • One Second of Hate: A Story of Forgiveness
    “Where are you from?”, his attacker asked before shooting Rais Bhuiyan during a killing spree in Texas shortly after 9/11. The attacker, a white supremacist, had been hunting for “Arabs” and perceived Muslims, though not one of his victims turned out to be from the Middle East. Despite being shot in the face, Bhuiyan survived, but two other victims did not. Remarkably, not only did Bhuiyan forgive his attacker, but he also spent months trying to save him from death row. In the process, his attacker, a man named Mark Stroman, renounced his white supremacist beliefs and expressed deep regret for his fatal actions. In his final words before his execution in 2011, Stroman said, “One second of hate will cause a lifetime of pain.”
    Bhuiyan shares his story of resilience and reconciliation. Stories can help us replace ignorance with understanding, fear with acceptance, and hate with empathy—all pathways toward a more equitable, just, and peaceful society. Rais Bhuiyan (he/him) is the founder of World Without Hate, a nonprofit focused on preventing and disrupting hate and violence and restoring peace and understanding through storytelling and empathy. His story is chronicled in The True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas.
    Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, https://www.humanities.org/event/online-one-second-of-hate-a-story-of-forgiveness/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Camas Public
    Library.
  • Domestic Violence 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.
    Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on July 19th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA’s free and confidential services.
    Date: Monday, July 19, 2021
    Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Location: On-line via Zoom
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information visit https://ywcaspokane.org/training.
  • NAACP Monthly Meeting
    Date: Monday, July 19, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 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/.
  • Whiskey and Wiretaps: The Northwest’s Rumrunning King
    On Thanksgiving Day, 1925, Roy Olmstead was trapped by federal prohibition agents and their Tommy guns on a lonely Puget Sound dock. His reign as the Northwest’s most prolific bootlegger had ended. But big questions—political, cultural, and legal—remained.
    Why did Olmstead, the youngest lieutenant in Seattle Police Department history, form a secret gang to take over Prohibition bootlegging in the Northwest? What can we learn today from “The Good Bootlegger’s” story of whiskey-driven politics culture wars, criminalization of popular social behavior, illegal surveillance, spies, sensational trials, and Constitution-bending trips to the Supreme Court? Using photographs, documents, newspapers, and court cases, Steve Edmiston breathes life into Olmstead’s story by exploring historical context, his entrepreneurial brilliance, his code of conduct, and the profound impact of his
    legal battles today.
    Steve Edmiston (he/him) is a business and entertainment lawyer with Bracepoint Law, an indie film screenwriter and producer, founder of Quadrant45, and co-founder of The Good Bootlegger’s Guild.
    Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, https://www.humanities.org/event/online-whiskey-and-wiretaps-the-northwests-rumrunning-king/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Skyline Retirement Community.
  • Washington State Poet Laureate
    Join Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest as she builds awareness and appreciation of poetry, including the state’s legacy of poetry, through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations across the state.
    Priest is a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation and the author of Patriarchy Blues.
    Dates: Friday, July 21, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: On-line
    For more information and to register, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/event-with-the-washington-state-poet-laureate-200/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Host is Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.
  • Domestic Violence 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.
    Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on July 19th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA’s free and confidential services.
    Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
    Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: On-line via Zoom
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information visit https://ywcaspokane.org/training.
  • KYRS Community Radio: Page Turner Show
    Discussion with Spokane author, Chris Crutcher.
    Date: Friday, July 23, 2021
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: Listen on 88.1, 92.3 or at kyrs.org
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://kyrs.org/.
  • This is the End: How Movies Prepared Us for the Apocalypse
    Great city streets emptied of people; a population panicked; misinformation in the air. If some of our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic seemed familiar, it might be because the movies already imagined them. Whether the cause is environmental factors (The Day After Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Contagion), nuclear disaster (On the
    Beach), or unexplained doomsday (Midnight Sky, Children of Men), film has explored what it looks like when the “Big One” hits—and how we might react.
    Robert Horton (he/him), a member of the National Society of Film Critics, was the longtime film reviewer for the Seattle Weekly, Everett Herald, and KUOW. His books include a critical study of Frankenstein. He now hosts the radio program, The Music and the Movies.
    Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, https://www.humanities.org/event/online-this-is-the-end-how-movies-prepared-us-for-the-apocalypse/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Upper Skagit Library.
  • Pathways Forward: Kids, Caregivers, Covid & Trauma
    Interruptions to schooling, missed significant life events and changes in routine have all taken their toll on kid’s and caregiver’s mental health this past year. Join YWCA Spokane as we engage the community with key Spokane experts and YWCA staff in a progress minded conversation about helping children and families recover from trauma.
    Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Location: On-line via Zoom
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register visit https://ywcaspokane.org/event/pathways-jul28.
  • Should We Build “Better” Humans?
    Should we use biotechnology to make humans “better?” Gene editing, pharmaceuticals, and computer tissue implants, among other interventions, will soon be used not just to treat problems, but to enhance human abilities. Everything from our physical capacities to our emotions, intelligence, and personalities could soon be enhanced or altered according to our wants—or the wants of others. How might biomedical enhancement reshape humans and society? Should we support and prioritize this research? What are the ethical questions that we as individuals and a society need to answer? Join Bill Kabasenche, professor
    of philosophy, for a discussion on what defines humanity, and how technology could change that forever.
    Bill Kabasenche (he/him) is a professor of philosophy at Washington State University’s School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs. He has written about the use of pharmaceutical and genetic interventions to enhance human capacities for memory, moral behavior, and athletic performance.
    Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, https://www.humanities.org/event/online-should-we-build-better-humans/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by KCLS Foundation.
  • Drag Culture: Beyond Entertainment
    Typically held at bars and nightclubs, drag is a form of entertainment in which a performer uses clothing and makeup to impersonate a particular gender identity, usually of the opposite sex. Yet drag is so much more than nightclub entertainment—it provides community, instills self-confidence, and can even save lives.
    Join drag king performer Ceasar Hart and explore the history of drag culture and why it is so important for many in the LGBTQ+ community. Discover the impact of this art form, and how it can be used not only to raise awareness and advocate for LGBTQ+ acceptance, but also as a powerful vehicle for individual self- expression.
    Ceasar Hart (he/him) has been a drag king performer in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. Alongside graduating recently from WSU with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he has produced his own drag shows in Grays Harbor and co-hosted stages for both Seattle Pride and Seattle PrideFest.
    Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Time: noon
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, https://www.humanities.org/event/online-drag-culture-beyond-entertainment-3/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.
  • After the Blast: Mount St. Helens 40 years later
    On May 18, 1980, the world watched in awe as Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 people and causing hundreds of square miles of destruction. Everyone thought it would take ages for life to return to the mountain, but scientists who visited soon after were stunned to find plants sprouting up through the ash and animals skittering around downed trees.
    Ecologists have since spent decades studying life’s resilience in the face of seemingly total devastation. Through their work, the eruption of Mount St. Helens has become known as the greatest natural experiment in Pacific Northwest history. In this talk, Eric Wagner takes you on a journey through the blast zone. He explores not just the surprising ways plants and animals survived the eruption, but also the complex roles that people have played, all while showing how fascinating Mount St. Helens still is 40 years after the blast.
    Eric Wagner (he/him) is a writer and biologist. He holds a PhD in biology from the University of Washington, where he studied penguins. He is the author of three books, including After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens.
    Date: Friday, July 30, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, https://www.humanities.org/event/online-after-the-blast-mount-st-helens-40-years-later-2/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Upper Skagit Library.
  • 53rd Annual Art on the Green and Festival
    Annual event features vendors, art, food live entertainment and children’s activities.
    Dates: Friday-Sunday, July 30, 31 and August 1, 2021
    Time: Friday – 10:30 am-10:00 pm, Saturday – 10: 00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for festival,
    Friday – noon-7:30 pm, Saturday – 10: 00 am – 7:30 pm, Sunday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for artist booth ours
    Location: North Idaho College campus, Coeur d’ Alene, ID,
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information visit their website at www.artonthegreen.org.
  • Friends of Manito Art Festival
    Meet local artists and browse their wares. Featuring children’s activities and food trucks.
    Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Location: Manito Park, Duncan Gardens, 1702 S Grand Blvd
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information visit their website at http://www.manitopark.org/.
  • Humanity in Print: Literature and Human Rights
    We don’t extend human rights to people we don’t see as fully human. So how do we develop empathy for those we view as alien or inhuman? One way is through literature, which takes us inside the lives and actions of others. By instilling empathy, and by giving voice to cries for justice, literature forms the foundation for human rights.
    Professor Richard Middleton-Kaplan shares stories about human rights activists he has encountered throughout his academic career. What these activists endured was shocking, yet they found meaning and beauty in literature, and so can we. In this talk, audiences will discuss literary works that illuminate how to respond to those around us who have suffered human rights violations, and those who have committed incomprehensible acts. These works can even help us to make sense of the wrongs that we ourselves have endured.
    Richard Middleton-Kaplan (he/him) is the dean of arts and sciences at Walla Walla Community College. In 2011, Richard spent a sabbatical at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at University of York, helping to develop a course on literature and human rights.
    Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, https://www.humanities.org/event/online-humanity-in-print-literature-and-human-rights/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, https://www.humanities.org/. Hosted by Upper Skagit Library.

Save the Date

  • Unity in the Community (UIC) – Celebrating 27 Years
    UIC consists of five key vendors areas: Youth Fair, Career and Education Fair, Health Fair, Early Learning Fair, and general vendors. Along with our vendors we also have a Cultural Village and a stage consisting of a diverse group of performers and acts to keep you entertained all day. Whatever your age, you will find something to do at UIC.
    Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
    Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit www.nwunity.org.
  • 6th Gonzaga International Conference on Hate Studies, Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope
    The Conference on Hate Studies is one of the leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems, and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities. Speakers and panelists include: Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburg; Thomas Brudholm, University of Copenhagen, Connie Chung Joe, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Robert Sapolksy. Stanford university; and Eric Ward, Wester States Center.
    Dates: Thursday-Saturday, November 4-6, 2021
    Location: Virtually
    Cost: Conference attendees/presenters before Sept. 30 $80.00, after Sept.30 $120. Conference student/living light attendees before Sept. 30 $20.00, after Sept. 30 $30.00
    For more information on the conference, visit www.gonzaga.edu/ICOHS. For more information about the Gonzaga Institute of Hate Studies (GIHS),visit www.gonzaga.edu/hatestudies.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


July 2021 International/National Cultural Celebrations Calendar

  • June 1
    • Gawai Dayak – Malaysia
      This is a festival marking the traditional rice harvest. Rituals performed to express thanks to the spirits of the paddy with requests for better harvest during the next planting season. It is an open house for friends and relatives with celebrations usually lasting three days.
    • Children’s Day – Laos
      Guided by the belief that the children of today are the future of tomorrow, the celebration of Children’s Day is celebrated every first of June every year.
    • Global Day of Parents – UN
      This day was proclaimed by the UN in 2012 to honor parents throughout the world.
    • Independence Day – Samoa
    • Labor Day – Bahamas
  • July 1
    • Canada Day – Canada
      On this day in 1867, the British North America Act created the Canadian federal government. The BNA proclaimed ‘one Dominion under the name of Canada’, and the day was titled ‘Dominion Day’. It was renamed ‘Canada Day’ by an act of Parliament on October 27, 1982.
    • SAR Establishment Day – Hong Kong
      Commemorates the reversion of the city from British to Chinese rule in 1997. SAR stands for Special Administrative Region.
    • Independence Day – Burundi
      In 1962, gained independence from Belgium.
    • Independence Day – Rwanda
    • Constitution Day – Cayman Islands
  • July 3
    • Emancipation Day – USA
      Recognizes the abolition of slavery in the Danish West Indies in 1848.
  • July 4
    • Independence Day – USA
      In 1776, representatives from the 13 Colonies signed the Declaration of Independence proclaiming their separation from England and formed the United States of America. It is celebrated with picnics, fireworks, parades and outdoor activities.
    • NAIDOC – Australia
      NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It’s a week-long celebration around Australia to focus on the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • July 5
    • Independence Day – Venezuela
      On July 5, 1811, Venezuela became independent from Spain.
  • July 6
    • Dalai Lama’s Birthday – Tibet, Buddhist
      His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. Born to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet, he was recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama (Mongolian for “Ocean of Wisdom”). In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is believed to be an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
    • International Day of Cooperatives – UN
  • July 7
    • Tanabata – Japan
      Meaning “seven evenings” it is a Japanese star festival derived from Obon traditions and the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi. The festival is usually held on July 7 and celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year.
  • July 9
    • Independence Day – Argentina
      In 1816, become independent from Spain. At that time Argentina was part of the United Provinces of South America.
    • Martyrdom of the Báb – Baha’i
      Commemorates the arrest, torture, imprisonment, and execution of the 31-year-old Báb, the prophetherald of the faith, in Tabriz, Persia, in 1850 C.E. The event is observed at noon. Work and commerce are suspended on this day.
  • July 10
    • Independence Day – Bahamas
      In 1973, became independent from the United Kingdom.
  • July 11
    • Imamat Day – Islam Ismaili
      Imamat Day is celebrated every year by Ismailis on the day that their Imaat or religious leader transferred from the past Iman to the present Aga Khan.
    • Naadam Festival – Mongolia
      The festival lasts 3 days where men compete in the three manly national sports of horse riding, archery, and wrestling competitions.
    • World Population Day – UN
  • July 12
    • Katimat (7th month) – Baha’i
      The first day of the seventh Baha’i month. Katimat translates as “Words.”
  • July 13
    • Battle of Boyne – Northern Ireland
      Dutch Prince William of Orange defeated the deposed King James II of England and Scotland at the Battle of Boyne in Ireland. After the battle, which took place on July 1, 1690, King James was forced to flee to France.
  • July 14
    • Bastille Day – France
      Commemorates the event that launched the French Revolution. On this day in 1789, the Bastille, which held political prisoners and became a symbol of oppression by the monarchy, was stormed and prisoners freed.
    • Republic Day – Iraq
  • July 18
    • Nelson Mandela’s Birthday – South Africa
      Known as Mandela Day, has been celebrated since 2009.
    • Tish’a B’Av – Jewish
      Jews mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E. and 7- C.E. It is a day of mourning and fasting.
  • July 19
    • Day of Hajj (Day of Arafat) – Islam
      Muslims perform the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The pilgrimage is one of the five Pillars of Islam. All Muslims are expected to perform the Hajj at least once in their lifetime if they have the physical and financial capacity. About 6-million Muslims from over 70 counties journey to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. In one of the rites of the Hajj, pilgrims move in a circular, counterclockwise procession around the Ka’bah.
  • July 20
    • Eid-ul-Adha – Islam
    • Munzo-Rivera Day – Puerto Rico
      This day celebrates the anniversary of Luis Munoz-Rivera, a Puerto Rican patriot, poet and journalist.
    • Independence Day – Colombia
      In 1810, became independent from Spain.
  • July 21
    • Independence Day – Belgium
      In 1931, became independent from the Netherlands.
  • July 22
    • Umi no hi (Marine Day) – Japan
      Japanese honor the importance of the sea and its role in Japanese history on this day.
  • July 24
    • Pioneer Day – Christian – Mormon
      This day honors the pioneers who came across the U.S. plains led by Brigham Young to Utah in 1847. The day is celebrated with parades to remember their pioneering ancestors.
  • July 24
    • Simon Bolivar Day – Venezuela, Ecuador
      Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) was one of South America’s greatest generals. His victories over the Spaniards won independence for Bolivia, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. He is called El Liberator and the “George Washington” of South America.
    • Guru Purnima – Jain, Hindu
      Celebrated by disciples to revere and honor their Gurus (spiritual masters).
    • Wassana/Dhamma Day – Buddhist
      This day marks the beginning of the 3-month “Rains Retreat” for self-examination and peace-making for monks and nuns. It also celebrates Buddha’s first teaching.
  • July 26
    • Day of National Rebellion – Cuba
    • Independence Day – Liberia
  • July 28
    • Independence Day – Peru
      In 1821, became independent of Spain.
  • July 30
    • Oh-Harai-Taisai – Shinto
      Japanese worshippers participate in a Grand Purification Ceremony as an act of purification for sins and offenses committed during the first half of the year. This ritual is observed twice yearly.
  • July 31
    • Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola – Spain
      Commemorates the life of St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1559) who founded the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order whose members are known as Jesuits.
    • Caribana Parade – Afro-Caribbean, Canada
      Held in Toronto, Caribana commemorates Canada’s diverse Caribbean community with the giant street parade, based on the Carnival of Trinidad and Tobago. It attracts nearly one million spectators including celebrants from the U.S.
    • Emancipation Day – Bermuda

Source: The majority of the Diversity/Cultural Celebrations with permission are from Creative Cultural Communications 2021 Diversity Calendar: http://usa.multiculturalcalendar.com/v/home.html


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!


Diversity, Inclusion, & Cultural Activities

Below is a list of various activities you can do (by yourself or in a group) to enhance your knowledge of diversity and inclusion and various cultures.

Maps

  1. Get a world map; identify the various countries the group participants have visited by using push pins (one color for each person).
  2. Get a map of North/South America and identify the various states and countries your group participants have visited.
  3. Get a map world map; identify the various cities/counties your group participants were born in by using push pins (one color for each person).
  4. Travel to other countries to intentionally learn about the people and cultures represented via travel shows, etc.

Food

  1. Discuss comfort foods that each participant eats when needing “comfort”. What memories does the food invoke?
  2. Have a potluck and ask participants to bring a food item from their culture. Ask what would it be and why they choose that particular food item?
  3. Invite a friend and make a dish from the friend’s culture or the two or more make a dish from another culture/country.

Media

  1. Invite friends and/or co-workers to see a movie about a different culture or an international film (with English sub-titles). Discuss the movie, was it an accurate portrayal of the culture
  2. Start a book club or read a book (fiction) about another culture, what did you learn about the other culture and was it an accurate portrayal of the culture. Or choose a book (fiction/non-fiction) by a BIPOC author.
  3. Visit a museum or exhibition and learn about history or culture. Even if you cannot make the trip to a museum, there are several virtual exhibitions you can tour. For example, the National Gallery has a virtual tour of 18 rooms that lets you get up close to the paintings.
  4. Listen to music from other cultures including different languages even if you don’t understand the words. The internet has created a forum where music can be shared around the world, with sites such as https://www.last.fm/ that allows you to discover music from every corner of the globe.
  5. Ask each participant what type of music they enjoy, who their favorite musicians are, etc. or what type of music they listened to growing up, have their music tastes changed.
  6. Subscribe to local BICOP newspapers (The Black Lens, La Presna Bilingue, etc.) and/or national newspapers/magazines from BICOP communities. What you read may influence your thinking of various topics/communities.

Other

  1. Ask each participant to fill out an index card with a fact about themselves that the majority of the group does not know (and, of course, are willing to share). Shuffle the cards, have each participant select a card, read the fact out loud, and try to guess who wrote it. If you can recognize the handwriting – print out the fact, tape or glue it to an index card.
  2. Have each participant bring a personal item that is important to them from home or their work space. Have them explain the significance of the item.
  3. For a generational aspect, as a group identify those events that were headliners for a specific generation and the impact for that generation (traditional, baby boomers, gen x, gen y).
  4. Have each participant identify one event that has occurred in their life-time that they will never forget.
  5. Have each participant discuss their name (first or last). Were they named after someone in their family or a friend or how did their parent(s) decide on their name? What significant does their name have for them and/or anything they want to say about their name (how unusual or common their name is, etc.).
  6. Have each participant identify their favorite holiday. Why did they choose this holiday and how do they celebrate it?
  7. Have each participant identify an aroma they associate with childhood. What made them think of this aroma and what do they associate it with?
  8. It’s easy to talk about the people who inspire us — heroes, sports stars, activists, etc., but what is it about them that causes us to be truly inspired? Name one or two women who inspire you. Why is what these women do/did inspirational to you?
  9. Volunteer with an organization working for diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, etc. You never know who you will meet or what new information you may learn, or the influence this could have on your life.
  10. Join a community organization working for diversity/inclusion, equity, social justice, etc. such as NAACP, Hispanic Business/Professional Association (HBPA), Unity in the Community, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS), Filipino American Association of the Inland Empire (FAAIE), OutSpokane, etc.
  11. Learn another language then travel to the country to try your language skills or watch a movie from that county without English subtitles.
  12. Attend workshops/ presentations about diversity/inclusion or on various cultures. The Spokane Libraries (Spokane City and Spokane County District Libraries) often have 1-1.5-hour  presentations from community members addressing diversity/inclusion, equity, cultures, etc. These presentations are usually free.
  13. Attend workshops, presentations about diversity/inclusion or on various cultures at one of Spokane County’s colleges/universities (Eastern WA University, Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College. Spokane Falls Community College, WA State Health Sciences or Whitworth University). Many of their presentations are free and open to the public.
  14. Attend an event listed in this calendar via Zoom or in-person. This past year I have been able to attend various presentations both outside WA and from organizations all over WA due to Zoom.