The public is invited to celebrate Kwanzaa with family, friends and neighbors as Evanston’s annual Kwanzaa observance expands to two days. The community will welcome the first day of the holiday with music, song and the traditional lighting of the Kinara (seven candle holder) starting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 in Fountain Square.

A second community celebration starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 28, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. This evening’s events include spoken word, the history of Kwanzaa and a libation ceremony. Both celebrations are free and open to all.  For more information, call 847-448-8254.