Saturday, January 31, 2009

Celebrate Black History Month!

Did You Know? February is Black History Month. Here is a list of Ohio events (not comprehensive):

The Ohio Statehouse
Celebrates Black History Month during the month of February with a special educational display, special tours of the George Washington Williams Room and a special soul food menu at the Capitol Cafe each Wednesday and free Wednesday lunch-time concerts. Special Black History Month exhibition runs through February 28, 2009. Lunch-Time Concerts & Soul Food Wednesdays at the Capitol Cafe Each Wednesday in February; February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2009, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. George Washington Williams Room Tours; Visit the room which memorializes Ohio's first African-American legislator.
Price: Free

The Ohio State University
Black History Month Cultural Celebration, February 27, 2009 (All Day). The Black History Month Cultural Celebration will bring African American arts (i.e. dance, painting, music) and food to the Fisher College of Business campus. Art from local/OSU artists will be displayed and dancers/steppers will be asked to perform. The event is being planned as a culmination to our Black History Month .

The King Arts Complex
Click here for a full schedule of events.

Underground Railroad
As the gateway to the Northwest Territory - the first territory to outlaw slavery - Ohio was crisscrossed by Underground Railroad routes. Through displays, videos, and presentation, this exhibit will highlight the travels and travails of those who worked together on the journey to freedom.
Address (Homepage)
Historic Fort Steuben
120 South 3rd Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Admission: FREE

Ohio University
See this site for a full list. Also visit for additional information.

Youngstown State and City of Youngstown
Click here for all events

List of events from the Plain Dealer

Black History Month Jazz Lunch at OSU Mansfield. Monday, Feb 2, 200912 pm Presented By: OSU Mansfield. In the Eisenhower Campus Cafe, enjoy live jazz provided by the Ontario High School Dixieland Jazz Combo, along with jambalaya or blackened chicken with red beans and rice, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, and a beverage at a special discounted price. For more information, visit

List of University of Ashland events.
Ashland Community and Technical College Events:
Videos on influential African-Americans will kick off Black History Month at ACTC. The videos will be shown in the College Drive Campus Teleconference Room from noon until 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 2; The Roberts Drive Campus Cafeteria from 11 a.m. until noon Feb. 3; and the Technology Drive Campus Lounge Area from 11 a.m. until noon Feb. 4.
  • Feb. 18; Affrilachian Poet Frank X. Walker will speak at noon Feb. 18 in the ACTC College Drive Campus Teleconference Room. Walker is a founder of the Affrilachian Poets. He will discuss the origins of the word "Affrilachia" and assess the group's impact on regional literature. He will read some of his own poetry and works by such influential Affrilachian poets as Nikky Finney, Crystal Wilkinsen, Kelly Norman Ellis and Bernard Clay.
  • Feb. 28th; Dancing for Your Soul: a Hip-Hop Dance Revue, will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus. The program will feature hip-hop dance routines by performers from area dance studios and performing companies. The free program and reception are sponsored by the ACTC Multicultural Student Organization.

Three community black history programs are offered with the theme, "The Rhythm of Life: Celebrate Our Musical Roots."

  • A Night at the Apollo will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Paramount Arts Center.
    A Night at the Apollo gives amateur Tri-State performers a chance to share their talents in music, song, dance, poetry, comedy and drama. Audience admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. A Night at the Apollo is both a performance venue and a talent contest. Amateur solo and group performers may enter the contest. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50 for adults and $75, $50 and $25 for youths up to age 12. The entry fee is $5 per act, and registration is through the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. The registration deadline is Feb. 2.
  • Gospel Night will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.
    Previous Gospel Night performers have included the Antioch Male Chorus from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Huntington, Ashland Community Chorus, Christ Temple Choir from Ashland, Spiritual Expressions from Full Gospel Assembly in Huntington and the Men's Chorus of First Baptist Church of Burlington, Ohio. The free program and reception will be hosted by the Boyd County High School Celebration Club sponsored by Rhonda Salisbury. Attendees may also view an exhibit of paintings by Ashland native Jerry Johnson.
  • The Marshall University African Drumming & Dance Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. The Ensemble, specializing in traditional music of West Africa, was created in 1998 by J. Steven Hall, Marshall University Professor of Music. The free program and reception will be hosted by the Paul G. Blazer High School Human Relations Club sponsored by Lynn Revely.

Monday, January 12, 2009

National Healthy Weight Week

January 18-24 is National Healthy Weight Week. Many people make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, exercise more, and get in shape, but these resolutions do not always last. The goal of National Health Weight Week is to celebrate healthy diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems.

For more information on how to help make your New Year's resolution, or your every-day resolution to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle stick, please read this article.