March 14 — One Book, One Community kickoff, 6-8 p.m., La-Z-Boy Center, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd.
The event will feature a tribute to Asian culture: tai chi, origami, teas and other activities. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a used book sale.
Copies of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” will be available for purchase. The kickoff will conclude with a door prize drawing for an Amazon Echo Spot.
March 15 — Film series: “Vincent Who?,”12:30 p.m., Room L-201, Life Sciences Buidling, MCCC.
In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. His killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and no jail time.
Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement.
This documentary, based off a series of townhalls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a new generation of activists.
March 18 — Film series: “Loving,” 2 p.m., Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance.
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
March 18 — Pen to Palette docent led tour,2-3 p.m., Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo.
The museum staff has created a special hour-long tour for readers of the book. The tour is free, but there is a $7 parking fee for non-members. Make reservations by calling Rachel Eagle at 3844153 by today.
March 19 — Film series: “Gran Torino,”6:30 p.m., Ellis Library & Reference Center.
The story follows Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean War veteran alienated from his family and angry at the world. Walt’s young neighbor, Thao Vang Lor, is pressured by his cousin into stealing Walt’s 1972 Ford Gran Torino for his initiation into a gang. Walt thwarts the theft with his M1 Garand rifle and subsequently develops a relationship with the boy and his family.
March 20 — Book discussion: “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” by Jamie Ford,2-3 p.m., Dorsch Memorial Branch Library, 18 E. First St.
The Dorsch Memorial Branch Afternoon Book Club will discuss Ford’s recently published novel “Love and Other Consolation Prizes.”
March 21 — Children’s program: Destination: Japan, 4:30 p.m., Navarre Branch Library, 1135 E. Second St.
Participants will learn how kids live and play in Japan. Recommended for children 8 and older.
March 22 — Meet the Author, Jamie Ford, 7 p.m., Meyer Theater, MCCC.
Ford will speak about his work and will sign books afterward. A limited number of books will be available for purchase.
March 24 — Pen to Palette docent led tour,1-2 p.m., Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo.
The museum staff has created a special hour-long tour for readers of the book. The tour is free, but there is a $7 parking fee for non-members. Make reservations by calling Rachel Eagle at 3844153 by March 16.
March 26 — Children’s program: Yoko’s Paper Cranes, 4:30 p.m., Navarre Branch Library.
Participants will learn about the art of paper crane making. After reading the book “Yoko’s Paper Cranes” together, supplies will be available to make paper cranes. Recommended for children 8 and older.
March 26 — From Inspiration to Finished Manuscript: How To Write a Book, 6:30 p.m., Ida Branch Library, 3016 Lewis Ave., Ida.
Particpants will learn tools, tips and tricks to help get started and complete a book. Presented by Randy Kuckuck, executive director of the Center for Book Publishing.
March 26 — Book discussion: “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” by Jamie Ford,7-8 p.m., Carleton Branch
Library, 1444 Kent St., Carleton The Carleton Branch North County Book Club will discuss Ford’s recently published novel “Love and Other Consolation Prizes.”
March 28 — American Japanese Internment Camps, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bedford Branch Library.
The Bedford Branch Library Just the Facts Book Club will discuss internment camps.
March 28 — Panel discussion: Balancing Act: Security vs. Civil Rights, 7-8:30 p.m., La-Z-Boy Center, MCCC.
A panel of experts will discuss how the country is doing in balancing the two issues. The Agora student newspaper is sponsoring the event.
March 29 — Brown bag discussion: “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” 12:30-1:30 p.m., La-Z-Boy Center, MCCC.
April 4 — Film series: “Vincent Who?,” 7 p.m., Room L-140, Life Sciences Building, MCCC.
April 5 — Book discussion: “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bedford Branch Library.
Hosted by the Bedford Branch Library A.M. Book Club.
April 6 — Asian Edibles buffet, 5 p.m., dining room, Audrey M. Warrick Student Services/Administration Building, MCCC.
The second year culinary skills and management program students at MCCC, along with Chef Kevin Thomas and Chef Vicki LaValle, will prepare an Asian buffet.
Reservations are required. Tickets are $20 and are available at the MCCC Cashier’s Office in the administration building or by calling 384-4272.
Included are non-alcoholic drinks, salads, appetizers, charcuterie (pate, sausages and terrines), entrees, side dishes, breads and a pastry display.
April 6 — Film series: “Vincent Who?,” 6:30 p.m., Room A-173c/d, Administration Building, MCCC.