Learn about the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa 1 to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Madison Public Library, Goodman South Branch, 222 S. Park St.
Kwanzaa is a celebration of community, family and culture and was created as a time to honor simplicity and one’s African roots. Fabu, a storyteller and Madison’s former Poet Laureate (2008-2011), will explain the seven principles that serve as a guide to spiritual and economic healing after centuries of slavery.
There will be free, family-friendly crafts and activities both days, and Saturday will include traditional African-American tea cakes and Kenyan sweet tea.
More information www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/new/celebrating-kwanzaa-poet-fabu; or phone 608-266-6395.
Year End Bash gets a jump on New Year’s
Get an early start on your New Year’s festivities with Oregon Public Library’s Community Year End Bash held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. At the library, 256 Brook St., Oregon, you’ll find crafts, a photo booth, and a photo scavenger hunt. The senior center, 219 Park St., Oregon, will have toss games and “tattoos,” snacks for purchase, and music from David Landau at 6:30 p.m. Games and activities will be in Netherwood Elementary big gym, 123 E. Grove St., Oregon (enter by district offices); and water games for students in 5th to 8th grades will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the pool, 249 Brook St., Oregon. All activities are free.
More information www.oregonpubliclibrary.org/community-bash; or phone 608-835-3656.
Play-filled fun on
New Year’s Eve
The Madison area’s My Family New Year’s Eve celebration runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday (see story above). There’s also New Year’s Eve fun in Sun Prairie at the Prairie Athletic Club (PAC), 1010 N. Bird St., Sun Prairie, and Sun Prairie Ice Arena, 838 Grove St., Sun Prairie, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Large inflatables, a DJ, games, face painter, Zoo-Zort animal display, photo booth, swimming, racquetball, basketball and more will be going on at PAC, while an open skate and cake walk is happening at the ice arena.
Online tickets are available until 3 p.m. Sunday and are $20/PAC member, or $25/non member, for family tickets (up to two adults and three children), or $7.50/individual tickets. Concessions will be available for purchase.
More information and buy tickets at www.prairieathletic.com/Club-Information/Events-and-Updates/New-Years-Eve-Party; or phone 608-837-4646.
— Robyn Norton