Sunday, January 18, 2004

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Communities and organizations have planned these events to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.:



• The Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., will present "Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day" with a variety of programs from 1-4 p.m. Monday. Free and open to the public.

Postal Service: No delivery
Library: Open
Banks*: Closed
Trash collection
Cincinnati: One day delay
Rumpke: Regular schedule
CSI: Regular schedule
Metro: Regular schedule
Parking meters: No coins required
Courts: Closed
Government offices
Federal: Closed
City and county: Closed
State: Closed
Stock markets: Closed
Ohio E-Check: Closed
* Fifth Third Bank Mart locations inside Kroger stores and at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will be open. U.S. Bank in-store locations will also be open.
• Bond Hill, Cheviot, Corryville, Delhi Township, Harrison, North Central, Northside, Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill, Reading, Roselawn and Wyoming branches also will present programs in honor of King at various times on Monday. Call your local branch for details.


• St. Mark Catholic Church, 3500 Montgomery Road, will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Mass, including an acknowledgement program and reception at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Open to the public.


• The Loveland Shalom Initiative will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, free and open to all, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Brown Building at West Loveland and Carl Brown Way. The event will feature the St. Martin DePorres Church Choir of Lincoln Heights and "A Taste of Africa" prepared by Mary Newman and John Kachuba. Bring a salad or dessert to share. Information: Judy Leever at 677-0691.


West Chester Township

• The West Chester Parks and Recreation Department will present "Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity" celebrating the life and message of King on Monday, with a March for Unity and a Live the Dream program.

The March for Unity begins at 1 p.m. with people gathering at the Greater Grace Church, 8781 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, and walking to the West Chester Presbyterian Church, at 8930 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. A brief activity will follow.

The Live the Dream celebration, featuring music and guest speakers, is at 7 p.m. at Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd. Featured speakers are Kathy Klink, Lakota Schools superintendent; Eric Ellis, president and CEO of Integrity Development; and Gary Hines, president of the local NAACP.

Programs are free and open to the public. Information: 759-7308.



• The Northern Kentucky Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Program, "Convene for the Dream Memorial Program," will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, One W. Rivercenter Blvd. The event will feature music, recognitions and keynote speaker Spencer Crew, executive director and CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The program will be preceded by marches at 5 p.m. from the Peace Bell at Fifth and York streets, Newport, and the First Baptist Church, at Ninth and Greenup streets, Covington.


The Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, will host "Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.," a program for children in grades 1-6 to honor King with crafts and stories, at 4 p.m. Monday. Information: (859) 962-4000.


The city of Florence will celebrate at 2 p.m. Monday at the Florence Government Center at 8100 Ewing Blvd. Schools, churches, boy and girl Scouts, civic organizations and the general public are invited.

Activities will include a welcome by Mayor Diane Whalen, patriotic music and the ringing of the "Freedom Bell."

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