Everyone's Place African Cultural Center at 1356 W. North Ave. offers a 24-hour Kwanzaa hot line giving information on local holiday events. Call Tabia Kamau-Nataki at (410) 728-0877 for information or to register an event.
Here are some of the local Kwanzaa events:
Today *Kwanzaa creator Dr. Maulana Karenga will be interviewed at 11 by Tea Montier of WEBB-AM, (1360).
Dec. 21 *Kwanzaa African Family Day at Freedom School, Sojourner Douglass College, 500 N. Caroline St. begins at 11 a.m. The day-long celebration will feature dancing, drumming, poetry and a potluck feast. Admission is free. Call (410) 664-7632.
Dec. 26 *A celebration of Umoja (unity) will be held at the Palladium, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. sponsored by the Kwanzaa Committee of Maryland. A progam of storytelling, poetry, fashion show, dance will follow the candlelighting ceremony. Childrens' activities will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Vendors and ethnic foods for sale. Adult tickets are $4 at the door and $3 in advance; children 5 to 12 $1; 4 and under free. Call Kromah Gallery at (410) 332-0300.
*The Urban Services Agency Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 409 N. Charles St., starts its five-day Kwanzaa festival with an Umoja (unity) candlelighting ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. Maria Broom & Company dancers will perform. A reception will follow the ceremony. Call (410) 396-1300.
Dec. 27 * The Urban Services Agency will be saluted during Kujichagulia self-determination) and Ujima (collective work and responsibility) festivities at its Cultural Center, 409 N. Charles St. There will be performances by students at the New Era School and by participants in the agency's youth programs. Call (410) 396-1300.
*A Kujichagulia ceremony will take place at City Hall, fourth floor, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Call (410) 664-7632 or (410) 747-7802.
*A Kwanzaa celebration, at Triumph Baptist Church, 2200 E. Oliver St. from 7 to 10 p.m., will include a Kwanzaa market. Call (410) 276-6459.
Dec. 28 * Triumph Baptist Church, 2200 E. Oliver St., will have a celebration for children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (410) 276-6459.
*The National Association of Kawaida Organizations, Baltimore Chapter, marks the 25th anniversary of Kwanzaa, with an Ujima night celebration at 9:30 p.m. at Celebrity Studios, 205 Clay Street. Featured will be performance artist Nzinga Ama, poet Abiola Valentine, a performance of "The Path," with dance, song and prose, and a buffet of African-American cuisine. The fee is $15. Call (410) 659-9363 or (410) 728-0877.
*There will be a Kwanzaa Jam starting at 10 p.m. at 429 N. Eutaw St., 2nd floor sponsored by Kromah Gallery and World Party Promotions. Third Eye reggae band will perform and there will be dancing. Tickets are $13 at the door and $10 in advance. Call the Kromah Gallery at (410) 332-0300.
* A Ujima celebration will start at 5 p.m. at the Park Heights Street Academy, 2716 Shirley Avenue. There will be drumming, poetry, dancing and a potluck dinner. Free. Call (410) 664-7632.
* The Urban Services Agency will hold an African Marketplace t mark Ujaama (cooperative economics) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Cultural Center, 409 N. Charles St. Items will include jewelry, art, oil and incense. Call (410) 396-1300.
Dec. 30 *Dr. William Benjamin, professor at Morgan State University, will speak on Kwanzaa starting at 1 p.m. for the day of Nia (purpose) at the Urban Services Agency's Cultural Center, 409 N. Charles St. A reception will follow. Call (410) 396-1300.
Dec. 31 *Father Edward Blackwell of St. Edward's Catholic Church will speak on Kuumba and Imani (creativity and faith) at 1 p.m. at the Urban Services Agency's Cultural Center, 409 N. Charles St. A local youth choir will sing and a griot will tell stories. A Kwanzaa feast will follow the program. call (410) 396-1300.
Jan. 25 *Butterfly Creations presents Kujichagulia: An Evening of Kulture the BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St. from 8 to 11 p.m. Kujichagulia (self-determination) is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The event features poetry, original fashions and a discussion of child-care issues. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 7 and under. Call (410) 669-4372.