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June 2010 Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebrations Listing For The United States

Written by Staff Writer

CALIFORNIA

What: Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & the Arts
HonoringActress- Tatyana Ali, Art Director, Walt Disney Animation – Ian Gooding, VP, Jackie Robinson Foundation – Nichol Whiteman
When: Friday , June 25th, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 pm
Where: The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 South Lucerne Blvd. ,Los Angeles, CA
About: Proceeds to benefit Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis’ Hollywood Unites for Haiti www.HUFH.com
Contact:  For Sponsorship and Ticket Information, please call Wade & Associates  310.674.6700  – [email protected]
Website: www.caribbeanheritage.org

 

FLORIDA

What: CACANA invites you to Caribbean American Heritage Month Launch
When: June 1st, 2010
Time: 5:30pm 
Where: Orlando City Hall – Rotunda, 400 South Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
About:  In Celebration of the 4th Anniversary of JUNE as “National Caribbean-American Heritage Month” honoring the contributions that Caribbean-Americans have made to the fabric of the United States since it’s inception.
Contact: Guenet (407) 421-8118
Information: http://caribbeanamericanheritagemonth.eventbrite.com

 

What: Break Away Moments hosts ‘A View of Forever Paradise’
When: Fri. June 4th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Hilton North Hotel boutique located at 350 Northlake Blvd, Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32701
Admission: Free
About:  View the newest additions to the ‘Forever Paradise’ Caribbean wear fashion line and meet the actual designer from Jamaica, Yola Gray of House of Flayva as she visits Orlando, Fl.
Contact: Sandy Isaacs at (407) 272-7522 or email [email protected]
Information: www.breakawaymoments.com

 

What: Goombay Festival Coconut Grove
When: June 3-6, 2010
Admission: Free
Where: Grand Ave/Douglas Rd (S.W. 37 Avenue) through Margaret Street, in Coconut Grove
Information:  305-448-9501 or www.goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com
About: Event Details: One of the largest Black heritage festivals in the United States.  Enjoy colorful costumed junkanoo groups dancing to Caribbean rhythms. Featuring entertainment on three stages and more than 300 vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts and food. 

 

What: First Fridays of Florida & HOT 105- Celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month
When: June 4, 2010
Time: 10pm
Where: Grand Palms Resort, 110 Grand Palms Dr, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33027
Information : www.firstfridaysweb.com

 

What: 2nd Annual Caribbean American Fashion Show
When: June 20
Time:  8:00pm – 12:00 am
Where: The Renaissance Hotel, 1230 South Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL 33324
About: Come join us for a night of haute couture fashion, where over fifty beautiful and sexy models grace the stage and exhibit the unique styles of ten of the most talented designers from different Caribbean Islands and America.  The collection consists of chic, elegant, and trendy dresses, pants, jackets, boots, bags and other accessories, AND the models will be displaying body art using sophisticated application of seductive body paint.
Contact: (954) 639-6922 or email: [email protected]

 

What: The Anancy Festival
When: June 26th, 2010
Where: South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Time: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Admission: Free
About: The Anancy Festival is a celebration of Caribbean cultural heritage and designed with particular appeal to children and teenagers curious about the Caribbean. Anancy (or Anansi) is the West African trickster hero of numerous folk tales that are popular across the Caribbean, indeed popular throughout the African Diaspora. This clever and conniving character is familiar to millions of people around the world and an appropriate icon for the festival’s blend of Caribbean culture on a platform geared for children and adolescents.
Information: 954-201-8825 or visit http://www.anancyfestival.com

 

What: 21st Anniversary Miss Jamaica Florida 2010 Presented by Partners For You Foundation In Association with ABI Startime
When: 
June 27th, 2010
Where: Coral Springs Center For The Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs
Time: 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults $30; $35 at the door Children Under 12: $15
Information: 954-600-0334 or 561-317-4479

 

GEORGIA

What: Caribbean Crick-Crack – A Childrens Summer Workshop (Ages 6-11)
When: June 14th – June 25th, 2010
Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Flats Shoals Elementary School, 3226 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur, GA 30034
Admission: $60 per child each week inlcuseive of Field Trip ($50 per child for 2 or more sibling)
Information:  Fun filled Storytelling – Anancy & Folktales, Folk songs, ring games & dance, Art & craft.
Contact: 678 458 7919

 

 

ILLINOIS

What : The Third Annual Chicago Caribbean JerkFest
When  : Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Admission:  Suggested donation – $10.00 in advance  Children 10 and under are free with an adult over 21 *Seniors 65 and over also free
Where: Stateway Garden Park, 3658 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m
Why: To Promote, To Educate and To Raise Awareness of the HIV/AIDs epidemic among people of Color in the Midwest and the Caribbean
About: A culturally rich celebration of 34 Caribbean islands will treat you to a day of wholesome family fun in a beautiful atmosphere with a line up of authentic island sounds of reggae, roots, reggaeton, punta, and gospel, poetry, island skits and creative dances on stage, the pulsating sound of the steel band; all that’s complimented by a marketplace of Caribbean fashions, souvenirs, arts and craft, a “tings” Caribbean village, a children’s corner, and domino tournament. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful culture of the Caribbean during Caribbean-American Heritage Month – JUNE. It’s all about the culture: arts, music, food and fashion!!! A potpourri of people and a wonderful Caribbean time! The theme this year is “divided by water…connected by culture!!!”
Information: [email protected] or http://www.chitownjerkfest.com 

Networking Event – Thursday, June 3rd
Mr. Brown’s Lounge, 2301 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Happy Hour” style networking event held at a Chicago’s newest Caribbean Lounge & Bar. This networking opportunity is open for all to attend, and we
encourage everyone attending to bring business cards to exchange.
Come and meet Ms. Peggy Llewellyn and Fres Oquendo – 1st woman of color and Jamaican heritage to win a motorsport event. She will be in the Chicagoland area June 3‐
6, 2010 to participate in the 13th annual United Association of Route 66 NHRA Nationals
in Joliet, IL. Fres Oquendo (Puerto Rico), NABA and WBC Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

Gospel Extravaganza – Sunday,June 6,2010
Trinity United Church of Christ: 400 W 95th Street, Chicago, IL
The Caribbean Association of Midwest America, in association with Caribbean Connection Ministry of Trinity United Church of Christ, is proud to announce the first annual Midwest Caribbean Day of Praise on June 6, 2010. On this weekend, Saturday highlights a Caribbean film fest with a round of discussions to follow and followed by a Caribbean filled day of praise on Sunday featuring Fred Baker and the West Indian Folk Dance Company.

Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Town Hall Meeting –Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Pegasus Theatre, Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 9a -12 noon

The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to lead the effort to eliminate HIV/AIDS with ethnic and racial health disparities, also building capacity and bridges to care in
communities of color. There will be Health & HIV/AIDS prevention presentations, refreshments, displays, giveaways, and entertainment.

Our featured presenter will be Ms. Michelle Lopez. She is the Treatment Administrator at Community Healthcare Network in NYC. She was diagnosed in 1990 after the birth of her daughter. She emigrated from the island of Trinidad in the West Indies to New York in 1984.

Immigration and Caribbean Investment Forum – Thursday, June 10, 2010 Columbus Park, 500 S. Central, Chicago, IL 60644 2pm – 5pm
Caribbean migration to the United States remains economically motivated for the most part. However, recent immigration for political reasons has made it difficult to distinguish between economic and political refugees, and has complicated the American immigration policy making process. But, Caribbean migration to the United States has largely resulted in capital investment in the region.

Networking Event – Thursday, June 10th
Mr. Brown’s Lounge, 2301 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 5:30pm – 7:30pm
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Happy Hour” style networking event held at a Chicago’s newest Caribbean Lounge & Bar. This networking opportunity is open for all to attend, and we
encourage everyone attending to bring business cards to exchange.

Come and meet our Caribbean authors living in Chicago: Mr. Robert Allen (Jamaica), Mr.John Alexander Watler (Belize) and Ms. Arlene Jones.

Dance Culture of the West Indies – Friday, June 11th
Columbia College, 1112 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605 TIME: 10am – 3pm
The West Indian Folk Dance Company is dedicated to preserving traditional Afro‐Caribbean dance forms and infusing them with modern, jazz, and other contemporary
North American dance forms. It is also dedicated to the education of young people, using the arts to instill in them pride, perseverance, and a deeper understanding of their culture and history. Featuring the islands of Barbados, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica

Chicago International Peace Walk “Planting Seeds of Hope”– Saturday, June 12th Wilson and Lake Shore Drive to Hollywood and back…5.5mile walk along the Lakefront 7:00 am – 1pm

A walk to address the issue of violence that is growing among our children in Chicago. Cosponsored by Chicago Partnership for Peace & Non‐Violence, International Violence Prevention Foundation, we are spreading a message to stop killing our kids and stop kids from killing kids and trying to create an atmosphere of peace in the communities in which we live.

Networking Event – Thursday, June 17th
Mr. Brown’s Lounge, 2301 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 5:30 pm – 7:30pm

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. “Happy Hour” style networking event held at a Caribbean place of business. This networking opportunity is open for all to attend, and we encourage
everyone attending to bring business cards to exchange.
Come and meet Chicago Caribbean Media Personalities: Mobay 1 ‐ WNUR, DJ BoomBostic – Power 92, Slacky J – WLUW, Mr. Mongoose – Reggae Café Radio, Dave Castro – WDCB, Crucial Lloyd – WHPK, Astor Black – WRMN, Randolph Coleman and
the Ladies of Reggae ‐ WNUR

Puerto Rican Day Parade – Saturday, June 19th
MEET AT COLUMBUS AND BALBO IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO 10:30am
Our Theme: The Rest of The Caribbean!!! CAMA will be recruiting other Caribbean nationalities to participate in the 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade. The parade route runs
on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe. It is one of the largest parades held in the Midwest.

Over 300,000 people of different ethnic and racial groups from all over Illinois and the surrounding suburbs come together to celebrate. For a $5.00 participation fee the
organizers will provide light refreshments; for those who choose not to pay the participation fee be sure to bring water to prevent dehydration.

Caribbean Flag Party – “Display Your Colors”– Saturday, June 19th Tonik Bar & Grill 7247 W. Roosevelt Road, Forest Park 9pm – 3am
Bring your rags…your flags…just get something to wave in the air and show your cultural pride, while you display the colors of the Caribbean. DJs from around the Caribbean will
get a chance to showcase their stuff on the turntables.

Fiesta Puertorriquenas ‐ Tuesday, June 15th – Sunday, June 20th Humboldt Park 1400 North Sacramento Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Come summer, the party in Humboldt Park never seems to end. The neighborhood’s fiesta season begins with one of the largest and lengthiest fests in Chicago. Originating in
1964, this Puerto Rican heritage celebration includes performances by local and well known entertainers, carnival rides, food and arts and crafts vendors.

Networking Event – Thursday, June 24th
Mr. Brown’s Lounge, 2301 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 5:30 pm – 7:30pm
5:30 to 7:00 p.m. “Happy Hour” style networking event held at a Caribbean place of business. This networking opportunity is open for all to attend, and we encourage
everyone attending to bring business cards to exchange.
Official JerkFest Kickoff Party – Thursday, June 24th

Mr. Brown’s Lounge, 2301 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 7:30 pm – 1:30am
Hundreds of JerkFest supporters, alike, will converge upon one of the areas “hottest” nightclub for this inaugural rite which serves as the “Official Welcome” and start of the
Chicago Caribbean JerkFest. This exciting event will include remarks from sponsors,organizers and a special teaser performance by some of the Midwest best local
performers to conclude the evening’s festivities.

Friends & Family Picnic – Sunday, June 27th 2010
Oak Hill East Park, 2600 W. 171st Street Hazel Crest, IL Noon – until 12 Noon Celebrating 20 years of Friends and Family getting together in the south suburbs to eat, drink, share a laugh or two, listen to some good reggae, soca, calyso, punta, and listen to the beat of the irons. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, insectrepellant and umbrellas. Meet old friends, break bread with new ones and remember those who have passed on.

Closing Ceremony – Saturday, July 3rd 2010
Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 5:30 pm ‐ until 5:30 pm This closing ceremony celebrates the ending of the month and all the programs
done in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month. Courtesy of Tech‐Global Enterprise in association with Caribbean Cuts, a cultural stage play “Bashment Granny 2.”
Bashment Granny 2 (The Saga Continues) is a story that explores friendship, loyalty and trust. It looks at the influence of money as a social divider and as a tool of corrupt

 

NEW YORK

What: Book Signing – Keep On Pushing by Devon Harris 
When: June 2nd, 2010
Time: 6-8PM
Where: Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe, 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd,(Between 124th and 125th Streets), New York, NY 10027
About: In Keep On Pushing: Hot Lessons From Cool Runnings Devon talks to you about some of the life lessons he learned on his journey from Olympic Gardens to the Olympic Games.
Information: 212-665-7400

What: Poets & Passion: Man Talk  with Thomas Glave & Mervyn Taylor
When: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Where:  St. Francis College – Callahan Center, 182 Remsen Street (Court & Clinton Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11201
About:  Our monthly after-work literary lime returns with a schedule packed with featured writers who are not only celebrated, critically acclaimed artists in their own right but are also actively involved teaching, mentoring and critiquing other writers.”
Information: [email protected]

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

What: Carifest Symposium
When: June 17th, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where:  Arnold Hall  (Jewish Center), College of Charleston , 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424
Admission: Free
About: Synagogues and Solidarity: Jewish Connection between Charleston and the Caribbean
Contact: [email protected] or  843-557-6258    
Information: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com    

 

What: Masquerade Fete/ Mardi Gras Party
When: Friday, June 18th, 2010 
Time: TBA
Admission:      $30.00
Where: International Longshoreman’s Hall,       1142 Morrison Drive (top of East Bay Street)
About: Dinner & Dance Fundraiser in support of the Carifest Children’s Steel Band Project – Reggae, Soca,Calypso. Latin Caribbean Dance Troupe, Caribbean Food, Drinks and Craft.
Contact: [email protected] or  843-557-6258    
Information: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com 

 

What:  Carifest After Party
When: June 19, 2010
Time: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Where:  Tropix Bar and Grill1531 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC
Admission: $10.00
About:  Wine down and Whine down after the  Charleston Carifest Carnival
Contact: [email protected] or  843-557-6258    
Information: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com 

 

What: Carnival Street Parade
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time:  2:00 PM
Location/Parade Route: Visitor’s Center on Ann Street to King Street to Carolina Street cross Rutledge to Fishburne into Brittle Bank Park
About: View the splendor of the Caribbean with colourful Revelers in beautiful costumes dancing to the beat of Reggae and Soca music through the streets on their way to Brittle Bank Park. “Playing Mas” Caribbean style.
Contact: [email protected] or  843-557-6258    
Information: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com 

 

What: Caribbean Carnival Celebration in the Park
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Where: Brittle Bank Park, 180 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC 29403 (across from Charleston Police Station)
Time:  2:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Admission: $5.00 in advance $10.00 at gate
About: Cultural Festival in the Park- Steel Bands, Reggae/Soca Music, Caribbean Dancers, Indian Dancers, Caribbean Food, Drink, Crafts.
Contact: [email protected] or  843-557-6258    
Information: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com 

 

WASHINGTON DC/MARYLAND

What: Caribbean American Legislative Conference Week
When: June 21-24th, 2010
Where: See the following website for locations & time – http://www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org/legislative_conference_week
About: The Organization of American States (OAS) and  the World Bank/IMF Caribbean Staff Association (CAWI) are among the organizations partnering with ICS to organize events in Washington DC.

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