Author Archives: Southside Community Center

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Iota Iota Lambda Chapter & Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Ithaca Alumnae Chapter presents…”FIRE & ICE 2″

fire & ice 2013 flyer

“The Magic Of Paper”, an exhibit by 7-year old Rosario Chloe, Friday April 12th


Please join us at Southside Community Center’s Art in Color monthly exhibit as 7 year old artist Rosario Chloe Williams presents her latest work. 

The work will be on display for the entire month of April, but please join us for a reception on Friday, April 12th at 5-6 p.m. 
Light refreshments and drinks will be provided…cupcakes by the wonderful LaLa SweetTooth!

Rosario began making handmade paper dolls for herself and her loved ones as companions when they were feeling lonely. She was motivated by a round cardboard piece from a frozen pizza that was amongst the weekly recyclables. She considers herself an abstract artist that likes to work with paper especially. She is inspired by her immediate family of artists, and makes work until ” it is perfect, perfect to me.”

Wish us luck (we may need it)!

A few staff members & some community members from the Southside will be joining together to participate in this years “Tough Turtle” 5K Adventure Race, happening on April 20th along the Cayuga Waterfront & Black Diamond Trails.  Come cheer us on (if you can), and celebrate with us at the finish line (if we can, lol).  For more information on this exciting event please visit


Save the date!

 Ithaca’s Juneteenth Festival

will take place on

Saturday, June 15th from 11am-6pm

At Southside Community Center located on 305 South Plain Street Ithaca, NY

For information regarding volunteering & vendor opportunities please email or call 607-273-4190

We invite people of all walks of life to join the event planning committee; please reply promptly as our next meeting will take place on Friday March 8th at 5:15pm.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the legal emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States.  Juneteenth is not only a celebration of remembrance of the very rich history of African American’s in this

country, but also a celebration of our achievements in the continued struggle against oppression.  It is a vibrant celebration that commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and community.

“Art In Color” art exhibit Friday 2/1/13

Greetings Everyone,
We are hosting our first monthly art exhibit: Art in Color
This Friday 6:00-7:00PM (light refreshments)
Southside Community Center, Inc. ~ 305 S.Plain Street
Featuring the photography of Ms. Nydia V. Blas (Southside Community Center Program Educator)


Well after a long search, and a very talented applicant pool, the Southside Community Center finally has it’s new permanent Executive Director…..Dr. Nia Nunn Makepeace!!!  Dr. Nia, as she is referred to around the center, has been with us in an interim capacity for quite some time now and has already established quite a number of new connections for the center, and now as the permanent Executive Director, we look forward to her continued enthusiasm and dedication to making the Southside even greater.

If you see her, don’t be afraid to congratulate her!!  SHE’S AWESOME TO WORK WITH!!

Kwanzaa Celebration POSTPONED!!

Due to weather conditions in Ithaca, the Southside Community Center’s Annual Kwanzaa Celebration will be postponed until further notice.  Please check back on the Southside Community Center’s website for the new date & time for our Community Celebration.

Celebrate Kwanzaa this Saturday 12/29/12

Ithaca’s 2012



Saturday December 29th at 5 pm

Southside Community Center

305 S Plain St


All invited to attend, especially if this is your first Kwanzaa Celebration ever!

Kwanzaa is an African American cultural celebration created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga.  We come together annually to celebrate these 7 principals:

Dec 26    Umoja = Unity

Dec 27    Kujichagulia = Self-determination

Dec 28    Ujima = Working together

Dec 29    Ujamaa = Supporting each other

Dec 30    Nia = Purpose

Dec 31    Kuumba = Creativity

Jan 1       Imani = Faith, especially in ourselves

Our evening will include:

Libation/prayer (5 pm), Dr. James Turner - Keynote speaker, Sahyini Morningstar - Folklorist, puppeteer, Dinner, and Live music by TAG (6:30 pm)


PHOTOSHOP FUN introductory classes start 11/26/12

The Southside Community Center, in collaboration with the Ink Shop presents “Photoshop Fun”, presents a FREE introductory course focusing on the basics of using Adobe Photoshop.

The course is open to anyone interested from Middle School ages and up (yes adults, even you!).  Intersted participants can choose one of the two following sessions, November 26th-29th from 5pm-7pm & December 3rd-6th also from 5pm-7pm.  Courses will be taught by Caleb Thomas of the Ink Shop.


Those who are interested can contact Vinnie Sierra, Computer Lab Coordinator at or by calling 607-273-4190 for more information or simply come visit the center at 305 S. Plain St., Ithaca, NY to pick up a registration form.

Southside Community Centers Annual Meeting 11/13/12

Join us for

Southside Community Center’s

Annual Meeting!



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

6-7 pm



Southside Community Center Gymnasium

305 South Plain Street, Ithaca


Don’t miss this occasion to learn more about his historic center and our Southside community!!

You will have an opportunity meet SSCC staff, community members, local officials, and the Southside Community Center Board of Directors. There will be refreshments served and brief presentations on the progress of the Center.  Southside residents and Center patrons will also have an opportunity to participate in the annual board elections. 


Come Support Your Community Center!


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