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Image Source: American Museum of Natural History

Over the past five decades, Kwanzaa has become a popular observation throughout the U.S. and more recently Canada and South America. This annual, week-long celebration of African heritage and African-American culture runs from Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013. The Afrikan Poetry Theater will hold a Kwanzaa celebration at the Springfield Gardens Educational Campus on Saturday, December 29, 2012. In addition to the traditional candle-lighting and distribution of Zawadi (gifts) to children, the event will include musical and dance performances as well as an African marketplace and food court.

Afrikan Poetry Theatre Kwanzaa 2012
Springfield Gardens Educational Campus
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Saturday, December 29
1pm – 8pm | Free admission

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The weekend is just about here, and we bet some of you will be out shopping for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice gifts. Where do you like to buy gifts locally?  Is there a shop you wish everyone knew about? Are you going shopping at a holiday market this weekend? We’d love to know – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

BTW, here are a couple of resources for your shopping this weekend, in case you’re stuck or need some inspiration:

How to be the coolest aunt or uncle: Hip kids’ gift and toy stores in Astoria, Corona, and Elmhurst [QNYC]
Queens Holiday Markets 2012 [QNYC]