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African-American Heritage Month 2016 Program Announced

This February, St. James’ Episcopal School will celebrate African-American Heritage Month with a St. James’ Family Reunion. What better way to celebrate our wonderful community than with family-themed events throughout the month? And we have a lot of events planned, from old favorites like Skate Night to a few new additions to the calendar guaranteed to bring everyone together.

As February nears, we’ll be in touch about how to sign up for these events, but for now, you can start coming to Gospel Choir rehearsals, and we encourage to sign up ASAP for the St. James’ Family Reunion Picnic on opening day, February 1. More information about each African-American Heritage Month event is below.

AAHM Chapel Choir Rehearsals

All members of the St. James’ community (students, parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff) are invited and encouraged to take part in our annual African-American Heritage Month Chapel Choir performance. Rehearsals have begun! They take place on Tuesdays from 1:00–1:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 12:30–1:00 p.m. Dress rehearsal will take place in the church on Wednesday, February 24, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. The choir will perform at All-School Chapel on Thursday, February 25, at 8:45 a.m.

Contact Mrs. Phelondra Clifford (Cardosia, 5th grade) with any questions.

St. James’ Family Reunion Picnic

Monday, February 1 • 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kick off our month of celebration with a delicious meal of barbecued chicken (or veggie patties) and some good, old-fashioned fun. We will have lunch, music, games, and contests, as well as an official St. James’ family tree, so make sure you come and add your names to the branches. Regular hot lunch will not be served, so please make sure that alternate arrangements for lunch are made if your child won't be joining in the barbecue.

The whole family is invited. Sign up online now! Pre-orders close at noon on Friday, January 29. Price increases to $10 per person after deadline.

St. James’ Soul Food Cookbook

Please place your order A.S.A.P. for the upcoming St. James’ Soul Food Cookbook, in honor of African-American Heritage month and this year's Family Reunion theme. Your $17 purchase of this limited-edition cookbook may be tax deductible; donations can be made online. Thank you in advance for supporting our AAHM events. We’re excited to let you in on some of the secrets of our down-home culinary expertise and to share soul food recipes and dishes for our St. James’ family to enjoy.

AAHM In-N-Out Burger Lunch

Thursday, February 18 • 11:30–1:30 p.m.

At our regular February In-N-Out Burger Lunch, look forward to a surprise live performance! We will be learning how to step from the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) Fraternity. Eat your In-N-Out and come dance with us!

Adults’ Night Out – ’70s Throwback Party

Saturday, February 20 • 7:00 p.m. • House of Macau

This year, the African-American Heritage Month committee is throwing a P-A-R-T-Y! Adults only; show off your best ’70s dance moves and outfits, or just come as you are. Meet us at the House of Macau at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20. Boogie on over for the dance and costume contests, raffles, prizes, and just plain fun. Let’s get funky at 1600 W. Vine St., Hollywood. Tickets are $35 per person, and prizes will be awarded every hour.

Sign up now online!

African-American Heritage Assembly

Wednesday, February 24

This year's AAHM Assembly will feature MaryLouise Patterson and Evelyn Louise Crawford, editors of the newly released book Letters from Langston. Both women grew up with iconic Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes (“Uncle Lang”) and have published a collection of letters documenting the 40-year friendship among Hughes and their two sets of parents. Patterson and Crawford will also share their personal recollections of other African-American luminaries, including activist Paul Robeson and artist Elizabeth Catlett.

Event time is still to be determined and will be announced soon.

African-American Heritage All-School Chapel

Thursday, February 25 • 8:45 a.m.

Come and be blessed at this year’s African-American Heritage Month All-School Chapel service on Thursday, February 25. The St. James’ Choir will render musical praise; a 17-year-old youth minister, Ajamn Lee-Johnson from Corona African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the spoken word. As mentioned above, rehearsals for the gospel choir have begun; we encourage all interested members of the community to join us!

Skate Night!

Sunday, February 28 • 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Moonlight Rollerway, Glendale

It's an African-American Heritage Month tradition! Join us on February 28 at the Moonlight Rollerway, at 5110 San Fernando Road in Glendale, for an evening of food and fun. Skate, eat and wear your AAHM t-shirt for a fun-filled night.

Details, including ticket prices, will be announced on Wednesday, January 27! Sign up online after noon that day.