Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 by volunteering or celebrating at one of these events. They are posted in the order received. Please send other events to Jes Scheinpflug at firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Diverse Communities United: January 18, 2016, 1:00pm-2:30pm at ETHS Auditorium (1600 Dodge Ave.)
Join us for Y.O.U.’s 10th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership,and service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year’s theme is “The Road Less Traveled.” The event will feature artistic performances by youth from 11 schools across Evanston and
Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today. The event is free, family-friendly and open to all ages. A community reception will be held in the lobby outside of the auditorium immediately following the program, showcasing youth artwork. RSVP here.
2) Highland Park’s 7th Annual Day of Service and Celebration will be held from 10am-1:30pm on January 18 at the Recreation Center of Highland Park (1207 Park Ave.)
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will recount his experiences as a student of King’s and the Jesse White Tumbling Team will perform. Lynn Epps of Highland Park will perform a portrait of King, and the Edgewood Middle School chorus will be there. The gym at the recreational center will be filled with several different area service projects showcasing what they do. Included will be the assembling of toiletries for hospitalized veterans and the USO, creating Valentine messages for Operation Support Our Troops (Braeside PTO), decorating squares for Project Linus (Lincoln Service Club), decorating tablecloths for the USO (Wayne Thomas PTO), helping prepare soup packets for Moraine Township Food Bank (Red Oak PTO), decorating book marks for Bernie’s Book Bank (Ravinia CARE Club) and decorating and filling book bags for distribution at North Shore Health Clinic. Last year, hundreds of students, parents, volunteers and community members came out for the event, which bills itself as “a day on” and not “a day off.”
3) Community Renewal Society’s Faith In Action Assembly on January 18 from 9:30am-12:30pm at the First Baptist Congregational Church (1613 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago)
Further details on CRS’s website or the Unitarian Church of Evanston’s event page.
4) “The Uncashed Check: Segregation, Equality, & Opportunity in the Age of Colorblindness” by Gail Schechter and David Borris of Open Communities. Closed event for New Trier High School.
5) The League of Women Voters of the Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect and Buffalo Grove Area will observe MLK Day with a free screening of the movie Selma at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 411 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Northwest Compass (food bank). A discussion period will follow the movie. For more information, contact Heidi Graham, email@example.com.
6) Families and Service groups in N.E. Metro Chicago: Please join The Volunteer Center and The Kindness Connection on MLK Day, January 18th, from 1pm – 4pm at The Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, to help 20 nonprofits with 11 different fun and helpful service projects for all ages and abilities. Honor the message of Dr. Martin Luther King and celebrate diversity and service. Bring your friends, your children and grandchildren and make a difference for thousands in need. Over 800 people from the North Shore and metro Chicago area participate each year in this MLK Day of Service.
There are no fees or reservations to attend. All project materials are provided except those wishing to make blankets must bring 4 yards of fleece fabric and fabric scissors. There will be some fleece available for purchase. A donation of laundry detergent is also welcome for the NTT Food Pantry clients.
The difference you will make at this enjoyable event include projects like: no-sew fleece blankets for refugees and the homeless; pediatric activity books for hospitalized children; jewelry for women and girls living in transition; door decorations for seniors in housing; letters and Valentines’ Day cards for Vets and active Military Personnel; pet toys for sheltered animals; sports cards collating for Cards2Kids for youth and others at risk. Of special interest this year: Volunteers can help The Fred Outa Foundation, a nonprofit that helps severely impoverished orphaned children in Nairobi, Kenya by collating healthy snacks. The organization’s namesake, Fred Outa, who is now a successful adult will be there to discuss his journey and thank the volunteers.
7) Northbrook United Methodist Church is hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18. There are over a dozen projects for all ages, physical abilities and time commitments that are taking place around Northbrook, Chicago, and at Northbrook United Methodist Church. Northbrook United Methodist Church is partnering with Glenview UMC, North Shore UMC (Glencoe), Christ Church UMC (Deerfield), Trinity UMC (Wilmette), Grace UMC (Lake Bluff), Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Northbrook) and Temple Beth-El (Northbrook). Interested persons can go www.northbrookumc.org/service-and-missions to find more information and to sign up.
8) RaceBridgesStudio.com based at Divine Word, Techny, Northbrook have a website devoted to materials,
ideas, videos and lesson plans about diversity and inclusion. See their MLK mini video >
9) Please join Second Baptist Church for our 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 18th at 7:00pm. Members of Second Baptist Church, students from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and your fellow Evanston community members will discuss how we might build a Beloved Community in Evanston according to the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More info >
10) For children, Evanston Public Library, Main Library, Children’s Room – Join us to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All day long make a Peace Tree craft From. Movies, guests, sing-a-long, lego night, etc. from 1:30pm until after 7:00pm. Details >
11) Winnetka Congregational Church has plans for both celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and, what’s more, for calling attention to the ongoing work to which Dr. King devoted his life and in which we can all play a humble but important part. All events are open to the public and everyone is warmly welcome!
On Sunday, January 17, 2016, 10 A.M. worship service will be both inspired by and infused with the messages, meditations, and ministry of Dr. King, as we reflect upon the morning’s scriptures, the justice to which God is calling us, and the beloved community of which Dr. King so eloquently spoke.
Wednesday, January 20, is the showing of the critically acclaimed motion picture “Selma”. The movie will begin at 6:45 P.M. in our church sanctuary, preceded by refreshments and fellowship at 6:30 P.M. Following the movie, Dr. Robert Harris and the Rev. Dr. William Mueller will co-lead/co-facilitate a group discussion of the film, which will conclude at 9:30 P.M.