Several events and volunteer opportunities are scheduled in the Portland area to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18. They include:
The 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by the Skanner Foundation, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Jan. 18, Hilton Hotel, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave. Keynote speaker is trial lawyer, author and lifelong activist Charles Bonner. Individual tickets are $90 and a table of 10 is $925. Make reservations at www.theskanner.com/mlk-breakfast-tickets.
The 31st annual Keep Alive the Dream Tribute, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Jan. 18, Highland Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St. Its presented by the World Arts Foundation and recognized as one of the finest MLK Day celebrations in the country. Invited guests include the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group, DaNell Daymon & Greater Works Chorale of Seattle, Derrick McDuffy and Kingdom Sound, the Legendary Beyons, local student groups and choirs from Portland Public Schools, the nationally acclaimed Jefferson Dancers and much more. Therell be $5 donations or five nonperishable food items collected at the door and given to local food banks. For more:
The MLK Weekend of Service, Friday through Monday, Jan. 15-18, at various locations. Sponsored by the United Way and Hands On Greater Portland and involving more than 2,000 volunteers working with nonprofit organizations throughout the region, projects include restoring and refurbishing classrooms, gardens and play spaces at schools and community centers, sorting food and clothing, serving meals and doing home repairs. To sign up or learn more: www.unitedway-pdx.org/mlk-weekend.
The MLK Day of Service in Forest Park, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 16, Pittock Mansion parking lot, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive. Organized by Portland Parks & Recreations No Ivy League and the United Way, volunteers will plant native plants in an area that has been cleared of invasive species. Trailside ivy removal will follow the planting if time allows. Volunteers will take a short hike to the planting location. Work clothes and water are recommended.
The Beaveron Martin Luther King Day Celebration, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 12250 S.W. Denney Road, Beaverton. Keynote address will be What Does Martin Luther King Mean to Me? by Michael Sonnleitner. Music will be provided by the Beaverton Intergenerational Womens Choir, and displays and awards will be presented. Its free to attend. Attendees are invited to bring new socks or gloves
or donate funds to Project Homeless Connect. For more: ianofwashingtoncounty.org.
Ski your heart out for a good cause, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 18, Mt. Hood Meadows. Low-cost lift tickets benefit the Hood River Rotary Club, whose scholarships help local students pursue their dreams.
Wild Lilac Child Development Community is cleaning up Essex Park on Monday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.. at S.E. 79th Avenue and Center Street.