Kwanzaa celebration Friday

The Austin African American Business Networking Association will holds its annual Kwanzaa celebration Dec. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd. Coleman’s BBQ will be honored as business of the year, and Darnell Shields of Austin Coming Together is the community service recipient; Marseil Jackson will receive the Delores McCain Community Award. Tickets are $50.

Poetry on the Patio lives on 17 years strong

Markell “Kell-O-G” Mooney, spoken word poet and founder of Word Life Productions, started the patio shows at his family’s home in the 5100 block of West Concord Place in March 2003 after the death of his father, Willie E. Mooney Sr.

Annual Austin art ‘affair’ set for Saturday

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 from 5900 to 5930 W. End Street. There will be a pop-up art gallery, peace garden, music and free refreshments. Sponsors include the Chicago Art Austin Council, Revelopment Management Resources, The Field Foundation, Central Austin Neighborhood Association, Third Unitarian Church, and Chicago Safe and Peaceful Communities.