Sun Kulcha

sat., jan. 18

Art fundraiser: From Here to Haiti will hold its annual art show fundraiser featuring the works of more than 75 Haitian and international artists from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at 14-46 Utopia Parkway, Whitestone, NY 11357.

Sun., Jan. 19

MLk celebration: Rev. Clarence Norman, Sr. & The First Baptist Church of Crown Heights invite you to celebrate the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 10:30 a.m. 450 Eastern Parkway at Rogers Ave. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries – 8th District, Brooklyn will be the speaker.

Art fundraiser: From Here to Haiti will hold its annual art show fundraiser featuring the works of more than 75 Haitian and international artists from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at 14-46 Utopia Parkway, Whitestone, NY 11357.

interfaith MLK observance: You are invited to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 16th annual New York Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Observance for religious and racial harmony. The observance begins with “Words Of Inspiration” at 2:00 p.m. at the Islamic Cultural Center, 1711 Third Ave. at E. 97th St. There will also be an Interfaith service at 4:00 p.m. The service will be held at St. Bartholomew Church (Park Avenue and East 51st. street). For more information on the day’s events, contact: New York Metropolitan Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for non-violence (718) 589-7858, EXT 30 or visit

mon., jan. 20

day of service: Join our first Martin Luther King Day of Service and Healthy Fun – the Crown Heights 5K -Walk/Run to Park Slope. There will be fun activities for all from 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. The Walk/Run starts at noon. Please get pledges so Seeds in the Middle can offer more healthy, fun, enriching programs for youth to keep them safe and build opportunity. First 50 people to register with $20 or more in pledges will get a free t-shirt. Every $10 in pledges gets a free raffle ticket for iPod Touch. First five people to get $200 in pledges get either an iPod Touch or iPod Nano! We look forward to seeing you on Jan. 20 at 10:00 a.m. For more information, send email to: [email protected]. Public School 221, 791 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn.

Family celebration: Join us for the 29th Annual Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Family celebration at Medgar Evers College at 1:30 p.m. There will be cultural performances, contests, raffles and gifts for every child. The event is sponsored by Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Leadership Commission. Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave.

MLK Tribute: Pay tribute to Martin Luther King and his dream at the annual tribute concert at 6:00 p.m. Brooklyn College/Walt Whitman Theater. State Senator Kevin Parker will sponsor the event. Tickets are free and distributed on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call (718) 629-6401. 2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

tues., jan. 21

english classes: Registration for our intermediate and beginner level English classes is only two weeks away! from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.. Classes will start on Feb. 4. If you have any questions, please contact Imtiaz Hossain at [email protected] or at 718-478-3848.

wed., jan. 22

immigration forum: Come out for ALL FACES, ALL RACES: A forum on immigration sponosored by The Black Institute & CCC at 6:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Pastor A.R. Bernard, senior pastor, Christian Cultural Center (CCC). Special guest will be Mrs. Chirlane Mcray, first lady of the city of New York. The panelist will be Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, CUSH/New Hope Christian Fellowship and Bertha Lewis, The Black Institute. Space is limited. Please RSVP at (212)871-6899 or [email protected]. 120-20 Flatlands Ave.

Thurs., jan. 23

english classes: Registration for intermediate and beginner level English classes are from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Classes will start on Feb. 4. If you have any questions, please contact Imtiaz Hossain at [email protected] or at 718-478-3848. 37-43 77th street, 2nd floor Jackson Heights, NY 11372.

homebuying seminar: Rent is high but buying a home can be tricky. Learn about the process step by step including affordable mortgages, closing cost assistance, grants, homebuyer education and much more from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. M&T Bank, 354 Flatbush Ave. (between 8th & 7th aves.) Brooklyn, NY 11238. To reserve space, call 718-469-4679 or email [email protected] Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not for profit housing organization.

women’s right discussion: Take part in a discussion of the connections between women’s control of their own bodies and abortion rights, healthcare, domestic violence, rape and self-defense. Brainstorm organizing ideas on how to advance reproductive rights on all fronts under capitalism at Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St., Harlem, between Malcolm X Blvd. and 7th Ave. The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m and admission is free. There will be a dinner served at 7:00 p.m for $10.00 donation. Hosted by Radical Women, thr event is open to all genders. Children welcome. Info: 212-222-0633 or [email protected],

sat., jan. 25

homebuyers fair: Chhaya will be holding its 5th Annual Homebuyer Fair from 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at P.S. 69, 77-02 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens. Come meet with lenders and industry experts and learn more about the homebuying process. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or you can reach us at 718-478-3848. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email us at [email protected].


flood relief: Donations are being accepted at the Friends of Crown Heights Center located at 671 Prospect Place in Brooklyn. Donations will also be accepted by Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna from Honduras, who operates Hondurans Against Aids out of Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Casa Yurumein is located at 874 Prospect Ave. in the South Bronx, corner of Westchester Avenue. Checks and money orders are welcomed and should be made out to “SVG Community Inc.” Anyone in the Long Island area who wishes to make a donation but cannot drive to Brooklyn, please call 347-488-4395 to arrange a drop off or to arrange for Colon to pick up the donation. Items needed include medical supplies, non-perishable food, clothes, shoes, candles. Monetary donations can be made in the form of checks or money orders addressed to “SVG Community Inc.”

passport application center: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a second Passport Application Center at the Kings Highway Library providing a convenient facility for Brooklyn residents and new immigrants to apply for passports. Hours are temporarily set for 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. Saturdays are currently closed until further notice. 2115 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11229. To make an appointment, call (718)230-2292 or (718)375-3037 ext. 128.

Featuring Home REpair: Is your boiler, water main or roof in need of fixing? Do you need major repairs done but lack the finances? Now is the best time to fix it. Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization can assist you. For more information on the Home Improvement Programs, call (718)469-4679 or visit

Foreclosure: Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? Come in for free services and assistance. We will help you as much as possible to keep your home. Referrals for free legal assistance are also available. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (718)469-4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, not-for-profit organizations.

Home Help for disabled: If you are a disabled homeowner living in Brooklyn or have someone disabled living in your household, you may qualify for up to $5,000 in home repair grants. Repairs must be geared toward making the home accessible and convenient for the disabled person. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization, and the New York State Housing Trust Corporation. For more information, please call (718) 469-4679.

Community Center: Are you looking to improve your life? Take a class at Community Learning Center: How to Write a Book or Script, Create a Resume, How to Create Wealth, Get/Keep a Spouse, Start a Business. Classes for everyone. Community Learning Center, 147-12 Archer Ave., Queens. For more information/RSVP, call (718) 291-1094.

Donations: St. Robert Bellarmine Church is joining efforts with the Diocese of Trenton to bring relief to victims in the hardest hit areas. The church has organized a sorting sub station in the parish and will be delivering donations to various locations shortly. The church is seeking donations of cardboard shipping boxes for packing or rubber bins for storage for victims. Donations are tax deductible and the church will provide you with a receipt upon request. Feel free to contact St. Robert Bellarmine Church at any time Attn: SRB Hurricane Relief Effort, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728 or [email protected], Pam Stengel (732) 580-0075, Linda Altini (917) 578-4852. Phone: (732) 462-7429 or Fax: (732) 409-3496.

Farmers Market: Seeds in the Middle is sponsoring The Crown Heights Farmers Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, including calaloo and Caribbean favorites and accepting EBT, WIC, Snap, FMNP, Health Bucks, and Fresh Connect. The market will be operating every Thursday from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Metz Park at Albany and Lefferts avenues, Brooklyn. For more information, visit

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Compiled by Natalie Y. Henry

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