King Day events are entertaining and instructive


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is Saturday, but the national holiday is Monday. Celebrate the life of the civil rights leader at family-friendly celebrations today through Monday.

The fifth annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade is at noon Monday. It starts on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Eutaw Street and continues south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, passes the reviewing stand at Franklin Street and disbands at Baltimore Street. For more information, call 877-BALTIMORE or visit www.promotionandarts. com.

The Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Wesminster, presents free screenings of the Disney movie Selma, Lord, Selma at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday. The film tells the story of a young girl from Alabama who was inspired by Dr. King. A kid-friendly discussion follows the screening.

Three art workshops in masks, pots and quilts will be held, starting at 1 p.m. Workshops take place simultaneously, and reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person.

The day wraps up with a free opening reception for the exhibit Quilted Memories: Multi-generational Story Telling from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit runs through Feb. 18. The show includes work from regional quilt makers showcasing traditional and contemporary styles. The reception concludes with a screening of Silver Needle: The Story of Joyce & Elizabeth Scott at 3 p.m.

For reservations and more information, call 410-848-7272.

Head over to the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, on Monday for more events honoring King.

Film screenings take place all day, and the Calvin Statham Singers and the Dunbar Jazz Ensemble perform gospel and jazz at noon. At 1 p.m. Abu the Flutemaker demonstrates the power of thinking green with his homemade musical instruments made from trash and recycled materials.

Therese Lynch will demonstrate her artistry at 1 p.m. by re-creating works by the Old Masters on her Etch-a-Sketch.

A poetry slam at 3 p.m. is open to the first 25 people who sign up, starting at 10 a.m.

Teachers are admitted free for this event. Regular admission is $11 for adults; $7 for students, kids and seniors; free for children ages 4 and younger. Call 410-244-1900 or visit

The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., celebrates African-American culture in a day of free activities. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m.

Listen to King's "I Have a Dream" speech in the auditorium before getting a guided tour of the museum's collection of art based on African-American themes. Tours are at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon and 2:15 p.m.

In the Family Art Center, visitors can create "Dream Pins" by using mixed-media to make jewelry. A screening of the family film Our Friend, Martin is at 1 p.m.

Visitors can also catch the last day of the exhibition The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Monet at no cost.

Call 410-547-9000 or visit

Spend the weekend at Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, enjoying performances and activities at its I Have a Dream Weekend.

Port Discovery encourages children to build and sustain the community through service and invites kids to meet with Americorps, the Red Cross and the Maryland Student Alliance to learn more about community service.

Kids can also create "peace" art projects and participate in a drumming circle. African and Irish dancing, live music and face painting are planned.

The museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8.50 for ages 3-12 and free and for kids younger than 3. Call 410-727-8120 or visit

Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., is celebrating King's life with its annual commemorative lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday. Charles Marsh, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, presents history regarding religion and its influence on the struggle for social justice in America from King's early civil rights victories to today's racial reconciliation movement. The lecture takes place in the Central Library's Wheeler Auditorium, with a book-signing and reception following in the Poe Room. Free. Call 410-396-5430 or visit

The 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast takes place Monday 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. The event includes oration by the Arena Players of speeches from African-American history. Four essays from area middle and high school students will be honored. Tickets are $35. Call 410-837-9622 ext. 242 or visit

The Samuel F.B. Morse Recreation Center, 424 S. Pulaski St., is holding a tribute to King from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. Participants recite speeches and poems, create art projects and enjoy "unity" cupcakes (chocolate and vanilla). Free. Call 410-396-3717.

Lakeland Recreation Center, 2921 Stranden Road, presents a Dr. King Holiday Program at 5 p.m. Saturday. This free event presents poems, readings and a dance performance. Call 410-396-0091.

Black-Jewish relations is the theme of the Dr. King celebration at Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, on Monday. The Jewish Committee on Scouting and the Babe Ruth District of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts sponsor Living the Dream. Area Scouts attend the event, designed to recruit and inform youths interested in Scouting. This event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a luncheon, and reservations (410-358-5043) are required.

For more family events, see Page 41.

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