We have a few community events to mark Kwanzaa, the annual celebration held to appreciate the African American culture.
Here's what's scheduled:
The 18th annual Cary Kwanzaa Celebration is 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The event includes music, ethnic foods, vendors, arts and crafts and special activities for children. The theme is "social change through community involvement" and includes a special tribute to former Cary Town Council member Jessie Ward. The event is free and open to the public.
The Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St., will host a Kwanzaa celebration in Durham from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. The free family event includes entertainment, food, speakers, a community market, activities for kids and more. The event's highlight is the Kwanzaa Unity Ceremony at 2 p.m. Area leaders will light candles to signify unity in Durham. There will be youth and adult drumming performances.
Also in Durham, Kwanzaafest is slated for Jan. 1 at the Durham Armory. Doors open at noon for the 2:30 p.m. performance featuring the African American Dance Ensemble and Chuck Davis. This is a free event.