Kwanzaa runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, 2010. Check out these West Side events taking place during the week:

Celebration at Afri-Ware, 266 Lake St. in Oak Park, Friday Jan. 1, 2010; featuring African drumming, food, and author Nnedi Okofor: From 6-8 p.m.; 708-524-8398

The Austin African American Business Networking Associations’ 7th annual Kwanzaa Gala on Saturday Dec. 26, at the Sankofa Cultural Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave.; with food, music by Maggie Brown, and keynote speaker Derrick Taylor, vice president of the Black McDonald’s Association: 6:30-9:30 p.m.; 773-626-4497.

Malcolm X College’s 15th annual celebration from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1, 2010, 1900 W. Van Buren; activities, events and performances throughout the week. Doors open at 10 a.m.: 312-850-7152;