No shortage of events to celebrate Dr. King

Many ways to mark the holiday leading up to Martin Luther King Day on Monday

lpemberton@theolympian.comJanuary 19, 2013 

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’’

And many people will answer that question by participating in volunteer projects and other events over the weekend, or on Monday, which is a federal holiday commemorating the civil rights leader’s birthday. Here are some ways to get involved:


 • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Banquet begins at 6 p.m. today at the Olympia Country and Golf Club, 3636 Country Club Drive NW, Olympia. The event will feature guest speaker Rosalund Jenkins, executive director of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs. Cost is $40 a person, and there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door. For more information, call Barbara or Virgil Clarkson at 360-459-9067.


South Sound Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s sixth annual Walk for Peace in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place noon–1:30 p.m. Sunday at Marathon Park on Capital Lake, Olympia. For more information call Richard Miles at 360-866-9316 or email opengatezendo@


 • EcoHero Day Camp for students in grades 3-8 will be from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday at the GruB Farm, 2016 Elliott Ave. NW, Olympia. This event is sponsored by numerous organizations, and will include activities centered on environmental awareness and social justice. For more information, call 360-867-2166 or go to

 • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service, is slated from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Bigelow Park, 1220 Bigelow Ave. NE, Olympia. Volunteers are needed to help mulch the tree circles and clean up the park. Tools and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Mike Baker at 360-753-8365.

 • Volunteers are needed to collect and help organize personal hygiene products, toiletries and cleaning supplies for a “Community Wide Product Drive” for the Other Bank, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at the YWCA, 220 Union Ave. SE, Olympia. Donations can be dropped off until about 4 p.m. For more information, contact Rachel Thomson at 360-352-0593 or

 • Una Comida Comunitaria/The Community Café, will be 6–8 p.m. Monday at ROOF Community Services, 10140 Highway 12 SW, Rochester. Volunteers are needed to assist with food preparation, cleanup and childcare. Bi-lingual Spanish-speaking volunteers also are needed for the project. For more information, contact Adina Burstein at 360-273-6375 or americorps@roofcommunity

 • Donations for Project WARMTH (which is gathering and distributing survival gear and cold weather items for the homeless) and Project Baby (which is collecting and distributing blankets, diapers, clothing and other baby items to families in need) will be accepted from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday at the Family Support Center of South Sound, 108 State Ave. NW, Olympia.

In addition, volunteers will be distributing information and items to help families with energy conservation.

For more information, call 360-754-9297 ext. 209.

 • Several groups are holding public rallies and events at Capitol Campus in Olympia. According to the Department of Enterprise Services’ calendar, there will be an Awareness about Muslims on MLK Day event from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the flag circle and in the Legislative Building, a Prevention Policy Day event from noon–1 p.m. in the Legislative Building and a Washington Education Association chorus sing-along at 2:30 on the steps of the Legislative Building.

 • “Celebrating Dr. King: One Man, One Dream, One Legacy” will be from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma. Admission is free, and attendees are asked to bring donations for a food drive. The event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Clayborne Carson, executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. For more information, go to


 • Documentary screening “The People Speak” will be 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Union Building at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. There also will be a slam poetry workshop featuring Daemond Arrindell, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SUB.

 • Open mic for performances about identity, culture, human rights and social justice, is scheduled 11 a.m–1 p.m. Thursday in the SUB commons at SPSCC.

 • Volunteers with home repair experience are needed to help make a low-income family’s homes more heat and energy efficient on Feb. 2. Projects will include window replacement, caulking and weather stripping and other light repairs. For more information, call 360-529-9264.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433

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