The celebration will include live music on the R.D. Bonds Main Stage, where up-and-coming acts are showcased. The Lothario Lotho Stage will feature dance, spoken word, fashion, and community performers. There will also be free health screenings, a two-on-two basketball tourney, historical exhibits, art activities for children and more. Juneteenth celebrates the message delivered to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865 that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the emancipation proclamation. That message arrived two and one-half years late and the Civil War had ended more than two months before the proclamation was delivered.
Teachers part of Library of Congress program, Las Lomas High School teachers Marie Laws and Mary Walfoort have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to take part in the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute the week of July 20-24, Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C, During the five-day program, participants work with the ballet slippers ribbon Library’s education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website..
Johnson is involved in two time-consuming and worthy projects as she readies for the Jan. 29 pageant. The 2010 Freedom High grad is collecting and repairing used eyeglasses, and donating them to the international charity Gift of Sight. So far, she has collected more than 200 pairs (about a $10,500 value.) For people with no-longer needed eyewear, Johnson has donation boxes set up at Antioch Opticians (Lone Tree Way) and Walnut Creek’s Kaiser Permanente. She said the collection has been “very successful so far; better than I had originally expected.”.
“Death of a Salesman.” By Arthur Miller, Pear Avenue Theatre, Through March 20, Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View, $15-$30, 650-254-1148 or www.thepear.org, “Metamorphosis: Junior Year.” World ballet slippers ribbon premiere of play based on the novel by Betsy Franco, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 4:30 p.m, today-Saturday; 2 p.m, Saturday, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, $8-$12, 650-463-4930, “The North Pool.” TheatreWorks, In previews; opens Saturday, Through April 3, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, $24-$79, 650-463-1960 or theatreworks.org..
Born completely deaf in one ear and with little hearing in the other, he grew up in West Oakland without connections to other kids, either deaf or hearing, and feeling like an outcast. But as a student at Oakland’s Skyline High School in the late 1990s, he experienced an epiphany that launched him on an innovative path as a choreographer, and eventually led to the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival. Now in its fourth year, the event takes place at San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater Aug. 12-14, with numerous workshops around the region.
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