Health and education are two themes of the 2013 Kwanzaa Festival to be held at the 175-acre Evergreen Valley Community College in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, December 14.
From 9:30am-4:30pm the day’s festival brings a variety of activities to the community including a blood drive by American Red Cross, vision and dental health screenings in the Healthy Living area, and an introductory discussion on Mental Health First Aid by the Santa Clara County Learning Partnership Program.
Fun activities for the entire family are also scheduled throughout the day giving participants opportunities to enjoy the eastern foothills of the San Jose campus backdrop. Students ages 9-17are encouraged to participate in the Kwanzaa Spelling Bee, or anyone can sign up for the Kwanzaa Bowl to test their Black History knowledge, and lastly the whole family can join in on the Scavenger Hunt to learn cultural facts and their historic significance.
One of the main festival events is a *special engagement called Author’s Corner where three of today’s best selling African-American authors will each take the stage at the performing arts theater to interact with fans and discuss questions about their written works.
Author’s Corner schedule
• 11:00am: Victoria Christopher Murray author of fifteen adult novels including Never Say Never, a USA Today’s Book Club Recommendation.
• 12:00pm: Wanda B. Campbell author of Silver Lining and Right- Package Wrong – Baggage.
• 1:00pm: Author J.D. Mason author of several bestselling novels including, And on the Eighth Day She Rested and One Day I Saw A Black King.
“Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history,” says Habiba Hall-Bey, owner of Habibatique Ethnic Collections and host of the 2013 Kwanzaa Festival. “It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection–a time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa officially begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.”
Proceeds from the 2013 Kwanzaa Festival will be donated to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.
Admission to Kwanzaa Festival 2013 is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors. Children 12 and under are FREE. Adults donating a shoe box full of items for children will receive $5.00 off admission. School parking is $3.00 per car.
*Special Engagement Author’s Corner admission is $50.00 which includes VIP seating, a book and a picture with the Author. General admission is $40.00 or $30.00 for student and seniors on a limited availability.
For information about the festival please visit http://www.sjkwanzaa.com.