Valley events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The Fresno BeeJanuary 15, 2014 

Candyce Ratliff, right, Amma Parker and Kenia Parker (background) perform last January at a Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight vigil in Fresno.

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Several events are planned around the Valley in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are some of the events:

FRIDAY

Opening garlanding ceremony: noon-1 p.m., Fresno County Courthouse Park, 1100 Van Ness Ave. Speaker: Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael Hanson. 681-3140, 435-2212.

Awards reception and ceremony: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St. 621-7834.

SATURDAY

Community breakfast: 9-11 a.m., Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 453 Hughes Ave., Clovis. Speaker: Fresno City Council Member Oliver Baines. Tickets at the door with a canned food item $5. Call for reservations. 324-2476.

All-faith service and candlelight vigil: 4-6 p.m., Fresno City College, 1101 E. University Ave., Old Administration Building, Auditorium. Community forum panel: Deborah Blue, chancellor of the State Center Community College District; Lynne Ashbeck, Clovis mayor; Rep. Jim Costa, a Fresno Democrat; and Les Kimber, a former Fresno City Council member and retired founder of the California Advocate newspaper. 435-2212, 227-9819.

MONDAY

March through downtown Fresno: Assembling at 9 a.m., march begins at 10 a.m., St. John's Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Ave. 284-6420.

Commemoration program: After march, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St. Organizers ask attendees to donate canned food at all events. www.fresnomlk.com, 213-5925.

Yosemite National Park: Free admission day. (209) 372-0200 (then dial 3 then 5).

Tulare breakfast and march: 10 a.m. breakfast, Claude Meitzheimer Community Center, 830 S. Blackstone in Tulare. March begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served after the march followed by a program. 687-9480.

Merced march: The march along Martin Luther King Jr. Way begins at 11 a.m. Marchers will gather at the Amtrak station on 24th Street and walk to the Merced County Fairgrounds. The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and the city of Merced, is free. The grand marshals are Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson and the Rev. Dwight Amey.

Observing the holiday

The following places will close or not operate Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

• Public schools

• Colleges and universities

• Cities of Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, Visalia, Hanford and Madera

• County, state and federal offices

• Courts

• Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera county libraries

• Tulare city library

• Post offices and mail delivery

• Banks

• Hanford waste collection

The following places will operate on the holiday:

• City of Porterville

• Porterville library

• Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, Madera and Tulare waste collections

• Fresno Area Express (weekend service)

• Clovis Transit (limited service)

• Porterville Colt (Saturday schedule)

• Kings Area Rural Transit (Saturday service hours)

• Visalia City Coach

• Tulare City Transit

• Madera Dial-A-Ride

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