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.


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.

JANUARY  ISSUE


Events In Spokane – January 2022

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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Spokane Black Stories – Call for Submissions

Accepting Black art in all mediums that examine, expand, and celebrate the authenticity and creativity that lies
within the Black experience. Welcoming innovative pieces that showcase the beautiful nuances of human
experiences which include: essays and stories (1,500 words), poems (20 lines).art (PDF, JNP per PNG format), and
video & film (under 2 minutes).

Pieces selected will be displayed/preformed during Black History Month event of February 22, 3022.
Date: Deadline is January 22, 2022
Location: Submit via email to spokaneblackstories@spokesman.com, with subject line of last name – BHM
Symposium – Genre.
For more information email spokaneblackstories@spokesman.com.


National Mentoring Month
  • Acknowledging mentoring and the positive impact it can have on young lives is the goal of this month-long celebration. First observed in 2002, spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project and the MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership (nationalmentoringmonth.org). This celebration draws national attention to the need for mentors, as well as how individuals, business, government agencies, schools, faith communities, and nonprofits can work together to ensure healthy and productive lives for young people. Also visit mentoring.org for more information.
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Following the start of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with the help of non-government organizations, National Human Trafficking Day began and is observed annually on January 11th, nationaltoday.com/national-human-trafficking-awareness-day. Per the Washington Anti-trafficking Response Network (WARN – warn-trafficking.org), Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud, coercion to compel a person into any form of labor against their will. This can occur in any industry. Human Trafficking is also described a modern-day slavery or involuntary servitude. For more information, visit the website listed above, and Lutheran Community Services (lcsnw.org/office/spokane) for local information and resources.

Local Events In Spokane This January

  • Northwest Winterfest, A Celebration of Holiday Traditions
    Authentically crafted Lighted Holiday Lantern Displays. Immerse yourself in the holiday cultures of the world
    with traditions stretching every corner of the globe.
    Dates: Friday, November 26, 2021 – Sunday, January 2, 2022
    Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Location: Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N Havana
    Cost: Purchase tickets at northwestwinterfest.com/tickets. for cost (Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Sunday). Kid under 12 are free.
    For more information visit their website at northwestwinterfest.com or Facebook at
    facebook.com/NorthwestWinterfest.
  • Spokane Buddhist Temple Services
    The weekly Shin Buddhist Service, hosted by Reverend Melissa Opel and Minister Assistants Chad Donoho and Eric Kerkove.
    Dates: Sundays, January 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2022
    Time: 10:30 am
    Location: Virtual, email SpokaneBuddhistTemple@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at spokanebuddhisttemple.org
  • AARP Webinar: Brain Health Workshop
    Learn how learning more, being social, staying fit, eating right, getting enough sleep and managing stress can
    support brain health.
    Date: Wednesday January 5, 2022
    Time: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free
    For more information and to register visit local.aarp.org/aarp-event/aarp-wa-brain-health-workshopvirtual-1522-44n2sbns6gn.html
  • 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.”
    Our stories have the power to connect, inspire, heal, and even save lives. As divisiveness continues to permeate our communities, 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.
    Bhuiyan lives in Seattle.
    Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-one-second-of-hate-a-story-of-forgiveness-6/. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org. Hosted by Wallingford Community Senior Center.
  • KYRS Community Radio: Page Turner Show
    Kris Pomeroy discusses her book Sign Posts.
    Date: Friday, January 7, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at kyrs.org. To listen, go to 88.1, 92.3 or at kyrs.org.
  • The Hive Open House
    The Artists-in-Residence and one-writer in Residence have been working for nearly five months, come see their progress. Creators at the Hive are: Gwendolyn Zierdt Muzzy, Miguel Gonzales, Erin Pringle, Shantell Jackson, Stefani Rossi, Shawn Brigman, PhD. Also tours of the building will be given.
    Date: Friday, January 7, 2022
    Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Location: 2904 E Sprague Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.444.5300.
  • Why Deny Science
    Have you ever had a conversation with someone who denies a scientific finding? Perhaps that conversation was about something as big as climate change or something as small as the health effects of eating chocolate. But in most cases, there is a pattern to how people argue against scientific findings, no matter the scope of the issue at hand.
    In this talk, philosopher Michael Goldsby sorts through the tactics and reasons many people use to argue against scientific claims. Though science is far from perfect, science denialism can have far-reaching impacts, especially in an era of critical issues like global warming and vaccines. Discover how to discuss scientific issues without being dismissive and learn about the richer discussions one can have when science, philosophy, and logic intersect.
    Michael Goldsby (he/him) is an associate professor of philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at WSU. He is also a part of the Columbia FEW Storage Project, a team of researchers testing innovations to ensure food, energy, and water security in the Columbia River Basin throughout the 21st century and beyond. Goldsby lives in Pullman.
    Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Virtual – On-line
    Cost: Free
    For more information and to register, visit humanities.org/event/online-why-deny-science-4.
    Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org. Hosted by SILG.
  • DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer. 
    Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on January 10th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services.
    Date: Monday, January 10, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Online
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register visit ywcaspokane.org/training.
  • Will the 2020s Roar like the 1920s?
    A pandemic, protests, and economic jolts ushered in the so-called “Roaring Twenties.” Americans adjusted in ways both innovative and counterproductive. What lessons from the 1920s can we apply to our own looming 20s? Historian William Woodward charts the eerily familiar developments of a century ago: shattered idealism, social clashes, domestic terrorism, culture wars, disorienting technologies, and fearsome disease. How might stories from a particular moment in the past—one with remarkable parallels to the present—shed light on ways for us to move forward? As the 2020s unfold, what conversations should we have?
    William Woodward (he/him) is an award-winning professor of American and Pacific Northwest history at Seattle Pacific University. His teaching, research, and writing focus on iconic elements of regional and national culture, including the Woodward lives in Seattle.
    Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register visit humanities.org/event/online-will-the-2020s-roar-like-the-1920s-2. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org. Hosted by Senior Services for South Sound.
  • The Samurai Code: How Bushido Changes Lives
    Bushido—the way of the warrior—is the code of ethics practiced by the samurai warriors of ancient Japan, a code which includes courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty.
    Through her own story of using Bushido to overcome a traumatic brain injury, Lori Tsugawa Whaley shows how the code can help people find hope, resilience, and fulfillment in our rapidly changing world. She shows how Bushido instilled a determination and perseverance in Japanese society that remains evident to this day.
    Lori Tsugawa Whaley (she/her) is a third-generation Japanese American and descendant of a samurai warrior. She is an author, speaker, life coach, and storyteller, and is passionate about sharing the code of Bushido and her Japanese heritage at universities, TEDx stages, libraries, and cultural venues across the West Coast. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. Whaley lives near Gig Harbor.
    Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Times: 1:00 pm | 6:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free
    For more information and to register, visit humanities.org/event/online-the-samurai-code-how-bushido-changes-lives-2 | humanities.org/event/online-the-samurai-code-how-bushido-changes-lives. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by Walla Walla Community College Library | Camas Public Library
  • Hispanic Business / Professional Association (HBPA) Monthly Meeting
    Speaker (Sabes Que): Community Meeting
    Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Via Zoom at us02web.zoom.us/j/86428722336?pwd=SjZla3NRUjRjSnowNFI3SkZCdlYvdz09
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at hbpaofspokane.org.
  • DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer. 
    Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on January 13th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services.
    Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register visit ywcaspokane.org/training.
  • 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.
    In this talk illustrated with clips, Robert Horton looks at the eerie imagery of apocalyptic movies, and how these films foreshadowed our responses during the pandemic: the extremes of divisiveness and community-building, the loneliness of isolation, and the tantalizing possibility of starting over again—but maybe doing it better this time.
    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. He has been a Fulbright specialist, a Smithsonian Journeys speaker, and an instructor at Seattle University and the Architectural Association in London. He now hosts the radio program, The Music and the Movies. Horton lives in Vashon.
    Date: Thursday, January 13 2022
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-this-is-the-end-how-movies-prepared-us-for-the-apocalypse-5. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library
  • KYRS Community Radio: Page Turner Show
    Dr. Kelli Pearson discusses her book, Eight Minutes to Agelessness.
    Date: Friday, January 14, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at www.kyrs.org. To listen, go to 88.1, 92.3 or at kyrs.org.
  • NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting
    Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone
    For more information contact spkncpbr@gmail.com or visit their Facebook at facebook.com/spokane.naacp.
  • KPBX Kids Concert – An American Celebration
    Special encore broadcast with Western Reunion. Listeners of all ages will journey back in time to the old west as they listen to cowboy music and poetry originally recorded and performed in front of a live audience at The Bing Crosby Theater in April 2015. The four-piece band plays a variety of great cowboy songs and western swing numbers to get your toes tapping and singing-a-long.
    Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: Streamed on-line at spokanepublicradio.org.
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at spokanepublicradio.org/post/kpbx-kids-concert-american-celebration-jan-16-1-pm. Sponsored by the Spokane Piston & Rotary Club.
  • 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. Edmiston lives in Des Moines, near the site of Olmstead’s final arrest.
    Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm am
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-whiskey-and-wiretaps-the-northwests-rumrunning-king-4. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by Westport Timberland Library.
  • Telling Your Story: A Personal Essay Workshop
    Our life stories are a means for connection—a tender offering in a troubled era. Part reportage and part reflection, personal essays can reveal hidden truths about ourselves, our families, and our societies. In this interactive and generative writing workshop, Kristen Millares Young will help participants tell their own stories.
    Available in English and Spanish, each hourlong session will begin with a one-page reading to inspire group discussion, followed by timed prompts that guide individual writing sessions. With plans for a bilingual statewide anthology focused on marginalized voices. Young invites participants to submit what they’ve written in response to her teaching. By weaving together community narratives, we can craft a vision for our future that includes hope and the capacity for unexpected change.
    Kristen Millares Young (she/her) is a prize-winning journalist, essayist, and teacher. Named a Paris Review staff pick, her novel Subduction was a finalist for Foreword Indies Book of the Year and two International Latino Book Awards. The editor of Seismic and a former Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, Young was the New York Times researcher for “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. Young lives in Seattle.
    Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-telling-your-story-a-personal-essay-workshop-4. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by Spark Central, Spokane.
  • KYRS Community Radio: Page Turner Show
    A discussion with authors of One Block Revolution.
    Date: Friday, January 21, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at kyrs.org. To listen, go to 88.1, 92.3 or at kyrs.org
  • Eastern Washington Legislative Conference
    Keynote speaker: Fr. Pat Conroy SJ recently retired as Chaplin of the U.S. House of Representatives and now serves as campus minister at Gonzaga University. Also, an interfaith panel and workshops.
    Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
    Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 pm with nonprofit displays before and after conference
    Location: Virtual on-line, must register in advance.
    Cost: $20 donation
    For more information and/or to register call 509.535.1813 or email event@thefigtree.org.
  • KPBX Kids Concert – Special Encore Broadcast: Western Reunion
    Special encore broadcast with Western Reunion KPBX. Listeners of all ages will journey back in time to the old west as they listen to cowboy music and poetry originally recorded and performed in front of a live audience at The Bing Crosby Theater in April 2015. The four-piece band plays a variety of great cowboy songs and western swing numbers to get your toes tapping and singing-a-long.
    Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: Streamed on-line at www.spokanepublicradio.org.
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at spokanepublicradio.org/post/kpbx-kids-concert-special-encore-broadcast-western-reunion.
  • Robert Burns Night
    Enjoy an evening of Scottish culture to include traditional toasts and Burns poetry readings in addition to short travelogues on the Scotland of three-quarters of a century ago, and a trivia quiz with prizes for the winners.
    Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Virtual Event
    For more information, email the Society at spokanescots@gmail.com and we will send out a Zoom link or visit their website at inlandnwscots.org/calendar.html.
  • DV 201 Training: Learning In Action
    Join YWCA Spokane for this new free, virtual training on January 24th. Learn more about the unique barriers and challenges survivors navigate on a daily basis and talk through how you might help a survivor.
    Date: Monday, January 24, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: Online
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register visit ywcaspokane.org/training.
  • Life After Prison: The Prison-to-School Pipeline
    You may have heard stories about tragic outcomes related to the “school-to-prison pipeline.” In this discussion, Omari Amili introduces new possibilities and challenges fear-based narratives through his exploration of a potential new pipeline that runs from prison to college. While sharing his story and exploring the history of mass incarceration, especially in Washington State, Omari explores how society as a whole benefit when people pursue higher education after incarceration.
    Omari Amili (he/him) is an author, speaker, and community organizer. Since his release from prison in 2008, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Washington Tacoma, where his research focused on the benefits of college education for formerly incarcerated people. Amili lives in Spanaway.
    Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-life-after-prison-the-prison-to-school-pipeline. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by Walla Walla Community College
  • 10th Annual Homeless Connect – One Community, One Goal
    Connect offers different services for anyone experiencing homelessness or those at risk of becoming
    homeless. Masks required.
    Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Location: Spokane Convention Center
    Sponsored by CHAS Health, Molina Healthcare, The Elimination Awareness Tour, Dentist Link, Empire Health
    Foundation and Humana.
  • DV 201 Training: Learning In Action
    Join YWCA Spokane for this new free, virtual training on January 27th. Learn more about the unique barriers and challenges survivors navigate on a daily basis and talk through how you might help a survivor.
    Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Online
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register visit ywcaspokane.org/training.
  • An Appetite for Film: Food in the Movies
    A film can build tension through editing, just like a simmering stew builds flavor through a slow dance between ingredients. Putting food and film together, however, opens movie lovers up to a slew of wonderful experiences and shared memories. Food can help us to identify with characters who bond over meals, explore ideas about identity and belonging, or make a romantic tale more seductive.
    Join film historian John Trafton to explore the complex relationship between food and film throughout history, and how this relationship continues to impact our cultural landscape. Take a deep dive into how movies from The Gold Rush and Get Out to Parasite and Pan’s Labyrinth use food to reveal hidden messages and enhance our experience. John Trafton (he/him) teaches film and media history at Seattle University and for the Seattle International Film Festival’s Education program. Trafton lives in Seattle.
    Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register, see below
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-an-appetite-for-film-food-in-the-movies-4. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by Wallingford Community Senior Center
  • 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.” Our stories have the power to connect, inspire, heal, and even save lives. As divisiveness continues to permeate our communities, 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. Bhuiyan lives in Seattle.
    Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
    Time: 12:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-one-second-of-hate-a-story-of-forgiveness-7. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by WA State Department of Enterprise Services
  • 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.
    In this talk illustrated with clips, Robert Horton looks at the eerie imagery of apocalyptic movies, and how these films foreshadowed our responses during the pandemic: the extremes of divisiveness and community-building, the loneliness of isolation, and the tantalizing possibility of starting over again—but maybe doing it better this time.
    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. He has been a Fulbright specialist, a Smithsonian Journeys speaker, and an instructor at Seattle University and the Architectural Association in London. He now hosts the radio program, The Music and the Movies. Horton lives in Vashon.
    Date: Thursday, January 27 2022
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, must register
    For more information and to register, humanities.org/event/online-this-is-the-end-how-movies-prepared-us-for-the-apocalypse-5. Sponsored by humanities Washington, humanities.org.
    Hosted by Spokane Public Library

Save the Date

  • Spokane Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Tiger
    Live performances, vendors, food trucks, demos and craft stations with fireworks at 7:00 pm.
    Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park
    Cost: Free
    For more information email vvb.hbpa@gmail.com.
  • 16th Annual Viva Vino & Brew (Scholarship Fundraiser)
    Wine and beer tasting, dinner, music, silent and live auction to be followed by dancing,
    Date: Saturday, February, 19, 2022
    Location: Shriner’s Event Center, 7217 W Westbow Blvd (Geiger Exit off I=90)
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Cost: $50.00 HBPA member, $55.00 non-member
    For more information email vvb.hbpa@gmail.com.

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.

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


January 2022 International/National Cultural Celebrations Calendar

  • January 1
    • New Year’s Day – International
      The first day of the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar is probably the most widely
      observed event in the world, marked by most nations, religions, and cultures.
    • Gantan-Sai – Japan, Shinto
      Gantan-sai, also referred to as Shogatu, is the Shinto New Year holiday. The faithful visit shrines,
      often at midnight, praying for renewal of heart, health, and prosperity. During the seven-day
      holiday, people wear their best clothing and visit the homes of friends and family to express their
      wishes for the coming year.
    • St. Basil’s Day – Greece
      The Greeks call New Year, St. Basil’s Day. Traditionally, gifts are exchanged.
    • Independence Day- Haiti
      Haiti gained its independence from France in 1804. Haiti made history by being the first Black
      Country to gain its independence. According to Haitian custom, whatever happens to someone
      on New Year’s Day is indicative of what will happen during the coming year, thereby motivating
      people to put on new clothes, visit friends, and exchange gifts in the hope that these efforts will
      be rewarded.
    • Independence Day – Sudan
      Egypt and Britain signed a treaty guaranteeing Sudanese independence in 1956.
  • January 2
    • Berchtold’s Day – Switzerland
      This day honors Duke Berchtold V, who founded Bern, the capital of Switzerland. He promised to
      name the city after the first animal he killed on a hunt. The bear (bern in German) then provided
      the city’s name.
  • January 4
    • Independence Day – Myanmar (Burma)
      Commemorates independence from Great Britain in 1948.
  • January 5
    • Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – Sikh
      He was the 10th and last living Guru of the Sikh faith. He founded the “Khalsa” brotherhood
      where the initiated adopted the five ‘K’s: Kangha (wooden comb), Kara (steel bracelets), Kipan
      (sword), Kaccha (pair of shorts), and Keah (long hair).
  • January 6
    • Christmas – Armenia Christian
      Armenian Christmas is celebrated on January 6th around the world (except in Jerusalem) placing
      more emphasis on the Epiphany.
    • Epiphany – Christian
      In the Western church, this day celebrates the journey of the three Wise Men to Bethlehem to
      offer gifts to the infant Jesus. In the Eastern Church it is associated with the baptism of Jesus by
      John the Baptist. On this day as well, the Armenians celebrate Christmas.
    • Three Kings’ Day – Christian
      In South America, Latin America and parts of Europe, the end of the Christmas season is a
      traditional time for gift giving.
  • January 7
    • Christmas – Christian- Coptic and Eastern Orthodox
      On this day, some Eastern churches celebrate the birth of Jesus according to the Julian calendar,
      which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian and Western calendar.
  • January 10
    • Seijin No Hi – Japan
      This day celebrates Coming-of-Age of the youth of Japan who are twenty years old. They wear
      traditional clothes and visit the shrines where the family announces their adulthood to the
      spirits. This is a national holiday.
  • January 11
    • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
      Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National
      Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Following the start of National Slavery and
      Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with the help of non-government organizations, National
      Human Trafficking Day began and is observed annually on January 11.
  • January 13
    • Lohri – Hindu – Sikh
      Bonfires are lit to mark the change from the decrease to the increase of the sun.
    • St. Knut’s Day- Finland, Sweden
      King Knut who ruled Sweden from 1080-1086 is honored as a saint for his virtue and generosity.
      He had declared that Christmas should be celebrated for twenty days, officially ending the
      season on January 13th. The days between Christmas and Saint Knut’s Day are filled with parties
      for children and adults. After this day, trees are taken down to mark the official close of the
      season.
  • January 14
    • New Year – Eastern Orthodox Christian-Coptic and Eastern Orthodox
      The Eastern Orthodox Christians include Bulgarian Orthodox, Georgian Orthodox, Greek
      Orthodox, Macedonian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, and Serbian Orthodox.
    • Makar Sankranti – India, Hindu
      The transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern
      hemisphere is known as Makar Sankranti. The days gradually lengthen in the northern
      hemisphere.
  • January 17
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – USA
      This day commemorates the leader of the ‘Civil Rights’ movement in USA. People of all races and
      religions have benefited from the sacrifices and accomplishments made by this great man. He
      was a Nobel Prize winner (Peace Prize 1964) and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. He
      was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
    • Tu B’Shevat (Arbor Day) – Jewish
      This day celebrates Judaism’s roots in the natural world. It is a holiday and known as the New
      Year for Trees. Special meals include eating the seven fruits of the land – wheat, barley, figs,
      grapes, pomegranates, olives and dates. Trees are also planted.
  • January 18
    • Thaipoosam Cavadee-India, Mauritius
      Celebrated by Hindus of Tamil origin in honor of Kartikeya, Granter of Wishes, and the second
      son of Shiva Devotees with their tongues, cheeks and body pierced with needles, hooks and
      skewers, dance their way trance-like to the temple carrying the ‘Cavadee’ – a wooden arch
      covered with flowers with a pot of milk at each end of its base.
  • January 19
    • Sultan (17th Month) – Baha’i
      Sunset – The first day of the seventeenth Baha’i month. The English translation of Sultan (Arabic)
      is Sovereignty.
  • January 20
    • Martyrs’ Memorial Day- Azerbaijan
      Honors the citizens killed by Soviet troops on this day in 1990 as they fought for independence.
      Also called Black January. As the date falls on a weekend, it will be celebrated on January 22,
      2018.
    • Timkat/Theophany – Christian- Coptic & Eastern Orthodox
      The Eastern Orthodox Church Associates’ Theophany with the baptism of Jesus by John the
      Baptist.
    • Anniversary Day- Wellington, New Zealand
      Celebrate the founding of the province of Wellington in New Zealand.
  • January 25
    • Robert Burns’ Night – Scotland
      Robert Burns Night honors Scotland’s national poet, born in 1759. The night is celebrated by the
      Scots with a sit down ‘Burns Supper’ and with speeches, poetry and song.
    • Kitchen God Celebrations – China
      The custom is based on the traditional farewell ceremony for T’sao Wang, Prince of the Oven,
      before he leaves for his annual trip to heaven to report on families’ good behavior during the
      year.
  • January 26
    • Australia Day – Australia
      Commemorates the anniversary of the first Britain settlement in 1788, which was a penal colony
      established to help relieve overcrowding in British prisons.
    • Republic Day – India
      Marks India’s severed ties from Great Britain in 1950.
  • January 30
    • Sadeh – Iran, Zoroastrian
      Sadeh in Persian means “hundred” and refers to one hundred days and nights past the end of
      summer in ancient Persia/Iran. Sadeh is a mid-winter festival where bonfires are lit to honor fire
      and to defeat the forces of darkness, frost, and cold. People gather and pray, and then they will
      hold each other’s hands, form a circle and dance around the fire.
    • Education Day – Greece

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!


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