Where to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. DayGroups across the Peninsula are coming together this weekend to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Included below are events, celebrations and days of service from East Palo Alto to San Mateo.
Interfaith celebration, community sing-along among events planned for Peninsula
Martin Luther King Birthday Community Sing Along!
There will be a celebration of the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with music from the civil rights, labor and peace movements. Attendees can sing along with the music from Folk This! and friends on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Social Hall, First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Information at www.peaceandjustice.org.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community and Interfaith Celebration
This celebration will include a speech by Carl Ray, community activist and author of "Cured — The Power of Forgiveness," music by the Eastside Prep Choir and Community Interfaith Choir, with emcee LaDoris H. Cordell. (Singers are welcome to join the Interfaith Choir at 1:45 p.m. for practice). Refreshments will be served. The event is Sunday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
This event is part of a national day of service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local activities at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto on Monday, Jan. 21, start at 8 a.m. and continue to 1:30 p.m. Information at www.paloaltojcc.org/mitzvah.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 10th Annual Celebration
Guest speaker Dr. James Abner, pastor of the Revelation Baptist Church in Berkeley, and Rev. Johnie Thompson Jr. will speak on the theme "Dream Realized." The event will be held Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at 2201 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Information at www.ccofepa.com.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day — East Palo Alto
The nonprofit Youth Community Service is holding a day of service on Monday, Jan. 21, at the East Palo Alto YMCA, 550 Bell St. There will be poetry, music, art, workshops, service projects, food and prizes.
San Mateo County Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The 29th Annual Freedom Train will depart from the downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station at 9:59 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Peninsula participants will join 1,500 Freedom Train riders to the San Francisco 2013 MLK Jr. Day Community Service for Second Harvest. Special Freedom Train tickets are sold only at the MLK Jr. Day Celebration. Regular Caltrain tickets are not valid. Information at www.caltrain.com.
The 3rd annual MLK Day of Service
Hosted by City of Palo Alto, Youth Community Service and Project Safety Net, this event on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto will include service oriented activities, a "Share your Dream" open mic, and information about ongoing service opportunities in the community. Information at www.youthcommunityservice.org.
MLK Jr. Community Disaster Preparedness Fundraiser
There will be a fundraiser starting MLK Jr. Day and continuing through Black History Month in February. The goal is to prevent public and social safety disasters in African American communities across the country. Sponsored by Ravenswood Gardenkits Products and Free At Last Gardening Club. Information is available by calling Leland at 650-461-0276 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Eric Van Susteren