There are as many ways to celebrate Kwanzaa as there are principles to embrace in the cultural holiday. Here is list of some events and activities in the greater southwest Atlanta area:
West End Mall Kwanzaa Holiday Display. Large display of lighted candles, includes visual explanation of the Kwanzaa principles. On view during mall hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays. West End Mall, 850 Oak St., Atlanta 30310. Free. (404) 755-1001.
Holiday Storytelling at Wren's Nest. For adults and children. Includes a tour of the Queen Anne Victorian home. Dec. 27-31. 1 p.m. each day. $8, $7 students and seniors, $5 children. Wren's Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta 30310. (404) 753-7735. wrensnestonline.com. (see Cascade Patch Directory listing on for more information about the historic West End home).
Ujima Celebration: A Family Event. Explanation of Kwanzaa, storytelling, entertainment includes dancers and drummers. Refreshments. Dec. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Sponsored by Hammonds House Museum. Event held at: West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy, Atlanta 30310. 404-612-0481. http://www.hammondshouse.org.
Kwanzaa Founder Maulana Karenga on "Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba: An Ethics of Sharing Good in the World." Lecture and Kwanzaa Celebration. Food, vendors, candle-lighting ceremony, libation to ancestors. Dance performance by Giwayen Mata, an all-female drumming troupe. Dec. 29. 5-9 p.m. Free. Shrine of the Black Madonna, 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta 30310. 404-752-6125.
Healthful Essence Holiday Program. Drummers, food, poetry, storytelling. Dec. 30. 6:30 p.m. Free. Healthful Essence, 875 York Ave., Atlanta 30310. 404-806-0830.
Kwanzaa at Greenbriar Mall. Presentation by Blackstone School. Other student and youth performances. Dec. 31. 3 p.m. Free. Sponsored by Medu Bookstore. Inside mall on stage in front of Burlington store. Greenbriar Mall, 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy., Atlanta 30331. 404-831-4811, 404-346-3263.
(Editor's note: This calendar is for the Cascade and West End communities. For other Kwanzaa events in greater Atlanta, go to makakwanzaa.net and http://patch.com/buPoM or on Facebook see "Maka Kwanzaa.")