Black History Month

Black History Month

Wednesday/Feb. 8

<cal2>Creatures Great & Small Ñ African and Fantasy Creatures Confront Imagined Fears with Kathleen Jacobs and Puppets. 4:30 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Interactive program. For all ages. Call 703-737-8100.

<cal1>Thursday/Feb. 9

<cal2>Facing the Lion: Growing Up Massai on the African Savanna with Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton. Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., 7 p.m. Lekuton discusses his story about growing up Massai, one of Kenya's poorest tribes. For all ages. Call 703-430-9500.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 11

<cal2>Symphony Performance. The Loudoun Symphony presents Ebony Gifts, 4 p.m., at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn. Featuring special guest artists, soprano Marlissa Eaton, bassoonist Bryan Young and narrator Charles Williams, the program includes William Grant StillÕs "In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy," George GershwinÕs "Summertime," CharpentierÕs "Depuis le jour," Aaron CoplandÕs "Lincoln Portrait," Villa-LobosÕ "Ciranda das sete notas," and an Ellington "Medley." Free admission. Call 703-771-8287 or visit

<cal1>Monday/Feb. 13

<cal2>Black Diamond! Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues featuring Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 4:30 p.m. Four performers present the history of baseball, introducing African American baseball legend Satchel Paige, as the host. Includes portrayals of Fleet Walker, Andrew "Rube" Foster, Jackie Robinson and Spitfire Josh Gibson. For all ages.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 15

<cal2>Cultural Presentation Series. "African-American History and Culture in Loudoun County," at the Rust Library in Leesburg. This is the second of a series of cultural presentations. Part memoir and part history, the book demonstrates how rural African-Americans cultivated racial pride and civic activism that laid the groundwork for the civil rights movement. Sponsored by the Loudoun Human service NetworkÕs Diversity Focus Group. The public is invited and there is no charge. Participants will be awarded certificates for attendance for attending cultural diversity presentations.

Central African Music, Dance & Drum featuring Ingeli Rwanda. Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, 4 p.m. Jean-Paul Samputa and his Ingeli troupe present Rwanda's cultural heritage through dance, drum and music, representing a wide range of traditions including reggae, pygmy, soukous, Rwandan 5/8 rhythms and Afrobeat. For all ages. Call 703-444-3228.

<cal1>Thursday/Feb. 16

<cal2>The Exploring Frog and Other African Stories with storyteller Donna Washington. 4 p.m., Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place; 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Washington related folk tales from around the world. Ages 5-10.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 18

<cal2>African American Songs and Games with storyteller Ilene Evans. Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, 2 p.m. Learn about African-American traditions and culture through games, song and dance. For all ages. Call 703-444-3228.

<cal1>Sunday/Feb. 19

<cal2>Black History Program. The Loudoun County Virginia Chapter (LCVC) of Jack and Jill of America Inc. presents its annual Black History Program, at the Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, at 3 p.m. Theme is "Honoring our Past and Shaping our Future." LCVC will honor Irene Walker-Bobich, a life-long local community grassroots motivator inspiring social change. Special guests will include a local step team, lyrist Rafeal Ross, minister of music, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Herndon, and "High Praise" from Capital Community Church, Ashburn. Free. LCVC will also be collecting cleaning products as donations for LoudounÕs Transitional Housing Center shelter for homeless families.

<cal1>Wednesday/Feb. 22

<cal2>We Are All Storytellers: Awakening an Oral Tradition with storyteller Diane Macklin. Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, 4:30 p.m. Celebrate an ancient oral tradition, storytelling. Audience participation. For all ages. Call 703-430-9500.