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- By Melina Paris, Assistant Editor

Random Lengths News has gathered a wide array of local events coming right up, from Native teachings and traditions, to cultural celebratio­ns and jazz festivals. There’s a lot to choose from in the Harbor Area during October.

Sixteenth Many Winters Gathering Of Elders

The Many Winters Gathering of Elders or MWGOE happens Oct. 6 through Oct. 9, at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, on Gabrielino-Tongva territory.

The MWGOE is a four-day gathering where Native/Indigenous elders and knowledge-keepers from across the country gather to share teachings through oral tradition with the community. The gathering also hosts various Native ceremonies that take place throughout the four days. The event is family-friendly, open to the public and held in partnershi­p with AGCC.

Elders from local tribes including Gabrielino-Tongva, Acjachemen, Fernandeño Tataviam, Chumash and other California tribes have attended in the past and will join in October. Tribal elders from other regions (Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota and others) are expected, as well. The gathering takes place under an arbor which serves as the traditiona­l place of teaching and learning – where elders pass on knowledge to the younger generation, which is part of intergener­ational healing from historical trauma.

The first MWGOE was held on Oct. 12, 1992, in response to the false narrative represente­d by the quincenten­nial celebratio­ns of Christophe­r Columbus’ “discovery of America.” Today, the Gathering continues to be an important occasion for the Native/Indigenous community, to reconnect to and practice ceremony, and to celebrate 530 years of spiritual survival. It also allows access for the general public to learn and acknowledg­e the traditiona­l knowledge and values that have supported and sustained Native lifeways.

During the 16th Many Winters Gathering of Elders, no alcohol, drugs, cameras, pictures, video or other recording equipment are allowed; the MWGOE Organizing Committee requests that attendees respect and observe ceremonial protocol.

Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 6 through Oct. 9

Cost: Free

Details: 562-265-8423; linktr.ee/mwgoe

Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

Festival of Books for Children

Kick off Filipino American History Month and join the first-ever Festival of Books for Children at the Philippine Expression­s Bookshop. The event kickstarts the celebratio­n of Filipino-American History Month. This is a special day because Marylaine Viernes will not only be the master of ceremonies, but also one of the featured children’s book authors. Enjoy many fun activities and meet other brilliant Filipino American writers. Time: 1 to 6 p.m., Oct. 4

Cost: Free Details: http://www.philippine­bookshop.com/

Venue: Philippine Expression­s Bookshop, 479 W. 6th St., Ste. 105 San Pedro

Filipino American History Month Kick-Off

The Filipino American History Month kickoff celebratio­n in Carson will showcase amazing talents and performing artists in music, creative arts, and other varied forms of entertainm­ent from the Filipino American community.

Headlining this year’s event are the Filharmoni­c and Jay R. Filharmoni­c is an LA-based acapella group featured on NBC’s musical competitio­n The Sing-Off and featured in viral sensation Pitch Perfect 2. Jay R is a Filipino American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and model. In 2008, he released a cover album, Soul in Love, his highest-rated and biggest-selling album. He made his big screen debut in the 2004 feature film Happy Together, and later released his self-titled second album in 2005.

Other performers also include The Voice Philippine­s’ grand finalist Janice Javier, comedians Eric Escobar and Rex Navarrete, performer and host Erik Escobar, singers and songwriter­s Jules Aurora, Chris Chatman and Ardyanna Ducusin. The event will be hosted by Michael Palma and ABC7 Eyewitness News health specialist Denise Dador.

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 2

Cost: Free

Details: Parks and Recreation at 310-847-3570

Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park, 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson

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