Catholic Enrichment Center
3146 W. Broadway • 636-0296
Free (donations suggested); 5:30 p.m.
If you chose not to participate in the mass commercial ritual of purging discretionary income known as Christmas, consider this alternative: The Archdiocese of Louisville is hosting its 29th annual Kwanzaa celebration today. The seven-day, non-religious festival called Kwanzaa, from a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits of the harvest,” was inaugurated in 1966 primarily as a means for African-Americans to participate in a holiday free from the empty consumerism symbolized by the Coca-Cola Santa Claus. This year’s theme of Ujamaa, or “cooperative economics,” couldn’t come at a better time. The community-wide event will feature music, food and a clothes drive. —Jonathan Meador