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MLK events keep dream alive

A slew of events in Portland will commemorate Martin

Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Some of the highlights (check www.mlkday.gov for more):

• The United Way of Columbia-Willamette and Hands On Greater Portland team up to take on projects in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark counties.

The MLK Weekend of Service starts at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in Portland with tree planting. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, there will be pet visits at the Oregon Humane Society, and at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, meals will be served to seniors. But there are a multitude of activities planned. Go to www.handsonportland.org for complete information.

• The Portland State University Cultural Center plans an entire tribute week of activities, which include workshops, social events and panel discussions. The holiday event will be the 5th Annual MLK Day of Service: Education as a Civil Right, at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, various locations, 503-725-8132.

• The Sisters of the Road Day of Action takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 N.W. Sixth Ave., and will include food, music, theater and speeches by community leaders. For info: www.sistersoftheroad.org.

• Almost 700 volunteers will take part in a day of service Jan. 20 by repacking and sorting food, processing more than 100,000 pounds of food at Oregon Food Bank East, 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, and Oregon Food Bank West, 1870 N.W. 173rd Ave. in Beaverton. For info on volunteering: www.oregonfoodbank.org.

• The 29th Keep The Dream Alive: Oh Freedom! and Dream Village, put on by the World Arts Foundation, will feature local artists, entrepreneurs and service organizations from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Anthem Church, 3300

N.E. 172nd Place. For info: www.world artspdx.org.

— Jason Vondersmith