Wed, Jan 8, 5:30 pm-7 pm: Coffee with Council. The council invites you help them "plan the new year with the right priorities in mind. Join us for a cup of coffee while we listen to your ideas." At Holland City Hall, 270 South River, Holland. (See also Sat, Jan 11.)
Thurs, Jan 9, 7 pm: "Discrimination and Stereotyping of Immigrant Populations," by Yore-Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout of Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates. Presented in conjunction with current exhibit Us versus THEM. Free; donations appreciated. At Holland Museum, 31 West 10th St, Holland.
Thurs, Jan 9, 7:30 pm: Opening night for film "Just Mercy," the story of Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative to free innocent African Americans unjustly incarcerated (from the book of the same name). At Celebration Cinema, Rivertown Crossings mall, Grandville. Check online for other venues and dates.
Sat, Jan 11, 9 am-11:30 am. Coffee with Council. The council invites you help them "plan the new year with the right priorities in mind. Join us for a cup of coffee while we listen to your ideas." At Civic Center Place, 150 West 8th St, Holland.
Sat, Jan 11, 1 pm: "What's Different?" Program for parents/guardians and their children ages 4 to 8 with early childhood educator Jen Griffith, on how to talk with children "so they understand differences are just that; learn how our response to those human differences can make 'all the difference in the world.'" Free, donations appreciated. At Holland Museum, 31 West 10th St, Holland.
Tues, Jan 14, 6:30 pm: Storytime in Spark Lab. Children's program to hear a story about diverse inventors and their creations; afterwards, kids can take what they learn and invent something in Spark Lab. Free; donations appreciated. At Holland Museum, 31 West 10th St, Holland.
Wed, Jan 15, 5:30 pm to 8 pm: New Mentor Training. Escape Ministries invites people in the community to mentor a young person, one-on-one, once a week, and says "our mentoring relationships are beautiful, difficult, diverse, and mutually transformative. Get to know a young person who needs somebody to trust. It will change your life and theirs." For questions or more info, call (616) 396-4481. At Escape Ministries, 202 East 32nd St, Holland.
Wed, Jan 15, 7 pm: 2019 Social Justice Awards. Presentation by Holland Human Relations Commission. At Holland City Council Chambers, 270 South River, Holland.
Thurs, Jan 16, 7 pm: "Us versus THEM: Understanding Images of Separation," by Dr. David Pilgrim, director of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University. Introduces audience to the creation, mission, and work of the museum, the nation's largest collection of publicly accessible racist artifacts. At Holland Museum, 31 West 10th St, Holland.
Fri, Jan 17, 7-8 pm, dance instruction; 8-10 pm dancing: Latin Dance II. Hosted by Westcore Neighbors, a 501(c)3 organization in Holland, connecting people to help create a thriving neighborhood. $10; pay cash at the door. At Merchant Hall, 438 Washington Ave (Washington Square), Holland.
Fri, Jan 17, 7 pm, support; 8:10 pm program: PFLAG meeting. Video of interview with Ed Smart re his advocacy on behalf of missing and abused children and his own struggles with same-sex attraction (In 2012, Smart's daughter Elizabeth was abducted from the family home as a teenager and held captive for many months). Gender SAFE (Supporting All For Equity) meets 6 to 8 pm. At Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave, Holland.
Sat, Jan 18, 10 am to 1 pm: "Cultural Immersion: Across the Bridge." Panelists Dale Nesbary, Jarrett Ruffin, Carolyn Taylor, and Charlene Smith discuss the cultural and racial divide between Muskegon and Grand Haven and why they are motivated to try to help narrow that gap through a series of planned experiences in 2020. No registration required for Jan 18 event; pizza lunch will be served. Info at (616) 414-9111 or email barbara@MomentumCenterGH.org At Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven.
"(re)collection" opens Mon, Jan 6 through Thurs, Feb 6. Chicago-based artist and professor Nate Young uses family oral history and artifacts to interpret the life of his great-grandfather, who was part of the African American experience during the Great Migration of the 20th century. At DePree Art Center and Gallery, Hope College, 275 Columbia Ave, Holland.
THEM: Images of Separation runs to Feb 22: Items from popular culture loaned from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State, Big Rapids, that are used to stereotype groups of people. For info and events, www.hollandmuseum.org At Holland Museum, 31 West 10th St, Holland.