By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Summer seems to have wizzed by us - we're in August already!  New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are rocking down to the last minutest as we wind out the summer.  New York has HARLEM WEEK, Philadelphia has SANKOFA FESTIVAL,  THE WIZ IN THE HOOD, AND  And this is now the second week of HARLEM WEEK - for those of you who come from another planet, Harlem Week is an annual event we celebrate in Harlem USA, founded by brother Lloyd Williams and others, to celebrate the great things that happen in Harlem.  It started out as a week, but because there so many more things than could be encompassed in one short week, it expanded to two weeks, and is now a month-long celebration of events, workshops, forums, award ceremonies - all celebrating Harlem!  So if you haven't done so already, it's time to hit the streets and check out what's going on.  And there's a lot to do, see, and partake of.  This calendar will give you some indication of what you're in for:

As you can see from the headlines, this is a two-part event alert!  there's simply too much to be included in one blog posting.  Harlem Week alone is already a blog and a half.  So when you add and Philadelphia, it's incredible.  You just can't take it all in.  It has to be done in two parts or you'll be totally overwhelmed and find your self running around the tri-state area trying to keep up.  Which, by the way, is not a bad idea.  

So for Part One we have Harlem Week; Part Two will be Philly Events



Schedule of events for HARLEM WEEK 2014. Please note this calendar is subject to change.

Sunday, July 27

Sunday August2

Sylvia, Queen of Soul Food's 52nd Anniverary 

Sylvia's Queen of Soulfood restaurant is my favorite restaurant, and my go to place when I want to be around family/friends.  Congratulations to them on 52 great years of serving fine food and great hospitality in Harlem.

GRANTS TOMB MEMORIAL PARK:  “A Great Day in Harlem” attendance of 40,000+ , “A Great Day in Harlem” was a day long family-oriented event.  Participants can enjoy an Outdoor Festival, Picnic, Fashion Show and Concerts, saluting Gospel, Dance, Theater, Latin, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz.  There will also be arts & crafts, food from around the world, vendors, exhibitions, corporate exhibits, career recruitment and much more! 

Tuesday, August 5

NY City Senior Citizens Day

Members of the Senior Citizens community can enjoy a farmers market, senior expo as well as the Elder’s Jubilee Awards Luncheon.
Time:  9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  A.C. Powell, Jr. State Office Building – 125th Street & A.C. Powell, Jr. Boulevard
Admission:  Free

Thursday, August 7

NYC Economic Development Day

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM  International Business &  Health Conferences
10 AM – 3 PM              Indoor  Business & Professional Services Expo
10 AM – 5 PM               Outdoor Farmer’s Market
12 Noon – 2 PM            Annual Business Award Luncheon
Location:  Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, 115th Strert & Broadway
Admission:  Registration required

Thursday, August 14 thru Sunday, August 17

HARLEM WEEK Tri-State Jr. Tennis Classic

Held in concert with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the U. S. Open and HARLEM WEEKthis four-day competition for youth throughout the tri-state region.  Presented by the Harlem Junior Tennis Program Les Halles Cup, showcases the best tennis male and female players ages 12 through 18.
Time:  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location:   Aug. 15 & 16 – Mill Pond Park Tennis Courts – Exterior Street & E. 150th Street, Bx, NY
Aug. 17 & 18 - Special Tennis Exhibitions & Championships at Howard Bennett Playground
W. 135th St. (bet. 5th Ave. & Malcolm X Blvd.)
Admission:  Free

Saturday, August 16

“Summer in the City”

Part I • 12 NOON – 5 PM
NY City “Children’s Festival”(Day I) 
Featuring exhibits, games, arts & crafts, live music,
dance, free health testing, exhibits, and sports clinics.
W.135th St. (bet. – Malcolm X & A.C. Powell Jr. Blvd.
Part II • 11 AM – 3 PM
Harlem Honeys and Bears
Senior Citizens Swimming Demonstrations
For the whole family – Hansborough Recreation Center
W. 135th St. (bet. Malcolm X Blvd. & Fifth Ave.)
Part III • 12 NOON – 5 PM
Historic Black College Fair & Expo
Over 50 historic Black colleges,
Universities and public, private, city and
state colleges and universities, will distribute
information on admissions, scholarships and financial aid.
W.135th  St. (bet. Malcolm X & A.C. Powell Jr. Blvds.)
Part IV • 12 NOON – 2 PM
Everyone will be “Dancing In the Street”
W. 135th  St. (bet.  F. Douglass Blvd. & St. Nicholas Ave.)
Part V • 2 PM – 3 PM
The Fabulous Fashion Flava Show 
Featuring the best in Urban Fashions
Part VI • 3 PM to 5 PM
        “Uptown Saturday Concert”
Part VII • 12 NOON – 5 PM
International Vendors Village
Featuring Arts & Crafts, Music, Clothing,  Jewelry, Hats,
Sculptures, Foods, Job Recruitment,  Product Sampling, and Corporate Exhibits  W.135th  St.
Part VIII • 7PM -10PM
Outdoor Film Festival
Presented In Concert With Imagenation
On The Great Lawn of St. Nicholas Park
W. 135th St. & St. Nicholas Ave.
www.imagenation.us – 212-694-2887

Sunday, August 17

Site I
W. 135th  St. (bet. 5th Ave. & Malcolm X Blvd.)
10 AM – 4 PM
Upper Manhattan Auto Show
12 Noon – 6 PM
•   The NY City Health Village
Health testing, education and information
•    Upper Manhattan      Small Business Expo & Fair
• HARLEM WEEK /USTA Tri-State Junior  Tennis Clinics
At Howard Bennett Playground
•    5th Avenue Stage • 1PM – 7 PM
salutes to South African Music Legends
•  International Vending & Exhibits
Site II • 12 NOON – 7 PM
W.135th  St. (bet. Malcolm X & A.C. Powell Jr. Blvds.)
NY City “Children’s Festival” (Day 2)
Theme: “Back to School”
• On the YMCA Stage 12 NOON to 6 PM
- Dance, Jazz, Spoken Word, Hip-Hop, R&B
-    “Dress for Success”
A “Back to School” Children’s Fashion Show

Site III • 1 PM – 7 PM
St. Nicholas Main Stage
W. 135th  St. and St. Nicholas Ave.
Celebrating The Music of Motown
Site IV • 12 NOON to 7 PM
International Exhibitors & Vendors Village

Saturday, August 23

Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run & NYC Walk Saluting the 50TH Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill Honoring Civil Rights Heroes James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner

Thousands of participants from all over NYC, the tri-state region, nationally and internationally participate in the Annual Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run & NYC Family Health Walk-A-Thon  through Historic Harlem.This year’s Walk-A-Thon to bring us all together to combat gun violence, bullying and domestic violence & to encourage city-wide unity and to bring about peace in our communities.
Event Registration:  6:00 am/ Run Start Time: 8:30 am  / Walk Start Time: 10:00 am
Location: 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue
Admission:  Registration required

Saturday, August 23

Golden Hoops @ Rucker Park

“Each One Teach One” Showcases the finest boys and girls high school athletes in the NY region
Time:  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location:  Holcombe Rucker Park – 155th Street & Frederick Douglas Boulevard

Saturday, August 23

HARLEM WEEK Outdoor Film Festival in Concert with ImageNation

Presented In Concert with ImageNation
Time:  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location:  The Great Lawn of St. Nicholas Park – W. 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue
Admission:  Free


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