Many central San Joaquin Valley community groups annually mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Here’s a list of 2015 dates:
Thursday, Jan. 15
“Day of Reconciliation” Breakfast: 6 a.m. Westside Church of God, 1422 W. California Ave. Speaker: Bishop Martin Luther Johnson of Mt. Olive Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Neptune, N.J. Tickets are $25 and must be prepaid. Details: 213-5925.
West Fresno Ministerial Alliance Worship Service: 7 p.m. Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2529 E. Belmont Ave. Details: 213-5925.
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Friday, Jan. 16
Opening garlanding ceremony: 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Fresno County Courthouse Park (at the MLK bust on the west side of the park), 1100 Van Ness Ave. Please bring flowers. Details: 681-3140.
Awards reception: 6-7:30 p.m. Rutherford “Bud” Gaston Middle School, 1120 E. Church Ave. Reception to honor outstanding service to the community. Details: 862-3931, 301-5466.
Saturday, Jan. 17
Community breakfast: 9 a.m. Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 453 Hughes Ave., Clovis. Speaker: Fresno State President Joseph Castro. Tickets $5 with a canned food donation; tables of 8 available with advance registration. Details: 324-2476, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Art Exhibition Reception and Program: 4:30-6 p.m. Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 453 Hughes Ave. Honoring student speech, essay and art winners from Fresno County school districts. Art on display through Feb. 27. Details: 265-3090.
Candlelight vigil: 6 p.m., Fresno City College, fountain outside of the Administration Building, across from the library, 1101 E. University Ave. Details: 227-9819.
Monday, Jan. 19
March and “Mountain of Food” collection: 9:15-10:45 a.m. Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St. March begins at 10 a.m. and ends at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium for a commemoration program. Canned foods will be collected at Fresno City Hall. Details: 284-6420.
Breakfast and March: 10 a.m. Tulare Community Cener, 830 S. Blackstone Ave., Tulare. Speaker: Tracey Jenkins, principal of Live Oak School. Lunch will be served following the march. Details: 687-9480.
Commemoration program: 10:45 a.m.-noon Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St. Speaker: Delores Huerta. Details: 213-5925.
Reception and Program: 2 p.m. “#BlackLivesMatter” poetry, peace circle, photo exhibit and children’s activities, African American Historical & Cultural Museum, 1857 Fulton St. Details: 268-7102.
Yosemite National Park: Free admission day.
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Commemoration Ceremony: noon-1 p.m. Fresno State, Peace Garden, north of the Madden Library. Details: 278-4435.
Friday, Jan. 23
“Remembering and Renewing King’s Dream for Peace”: 6 p.m. African American Historical & Cultural Museum, 1857 Fulton St. Speaker: Adam Ghali, assistant professor, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Free. Details: 453-2020, Karen.email@example.com.