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Originally published January 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM | Page modified January 19, 2009 at 2:02 AM

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Local events today honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Local events today honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Yes We Can: Change Begins Now" MLK Day

TODAY On the eve of the historic inauguration of our nation's first African-American president and honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his work toward racial equality and economic justice for all and his commitment to nonviolence, workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry and music, 11 a.m.; march to the Federal Building, Second Avenue and Marion Street, Seattle, noon; Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle (206-353-5770 or 206-296-1002).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

TODAY Parade includes Fort Lewis Honor Guard, drill teams, Cleveland High School Drum Line, Franklin High School Dance Posse, Old Rides Car Club, 11 a.m. from Fourth Avenue and Pine Street via Fourth Avenue to Broad Street, on Broad Street to Thomas Street to Seattle Center, Seattle (www.blackpast.organd click on "events").

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

TODAY Volunteer to weed and clean at the former Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school, being renovated as a community center, and other sites in Madison Valley. Bring work gloves, pruners, rakes, shovels, brooms and compostable garbage bags, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 3201 E. Republican St., Seattle; volunteers invited for coffee, treats, entertainment and information about the Martin Luther King Community Center project, 11 a.m., Valley School, 309 31st Ave. E., Seattle; nonperishable food-bank donations requested (www.mlkcommunitycenter.org).

King Holiday Hoopfest

TODAY High-school basketball tournament. Boys: Bellevue Christian vs. King's, 9:30 a.m.; Kentwood vs. Bothell, 12:30 p.m.; Jim Reding Classic, Decatur vs. Federal Way, 2:30 p.m.; Rainier Beach vs. Dominguez (California), 4 p.m.; Bellevue vs. Bellarmine Prep, 6 p.m.; Franklin vs. Garfield, 7:30 p.m. Girls: Kentwood vs. Bellarmine Prep, 11 a.m.; Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, 2 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle; $10/adults, $5/ for seniors and students with ASB card (www.nwbball.com/).

MLK Day of Service

TODAY United Way links volunteers with a variety of volunteer projects for MLK Day at sites around King County. Call for information (206-461-3655 or volunteer.united-e-way.org/uwkc/user/events/one.tcl?Tpageno=1&event_id=10295357845&init).

MLK Service Day

TODAY City Year Seattle/King County honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with community-service projects at Union Gospel Mission and Dearborn Park Elementary School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Seattle (206-219-5010 or www.cityyear.org).

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Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi

TODAY Tribute in music and readings from the writings and speeches of two great men of peace, 7-8:30 p.m., East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-523-3726 or www.eastwestbookshop.com).

Celebration of a Dream

TODAY Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with performances by Show Brazil, the Sonny Byers Band, Bellevue Cheer Elite and Seattle Peace Chorus, and Health Fair with representatives from nonprofit and public agencies in King County offering information on health and health services, noon-3 p.m., Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

TODAY Help with community project to clear invasive plants, bring tools and gloves if you have them (some will be available), wear boots, kids welcome (under 18 needs adult's signature permission, ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by adult), work any time you can, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Cotton Hill Park, 110th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street, Kirkland (depts.washington.edu/mlkjr/).

City of Federal Way Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

TODAY 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Decatur High School, 2800 S.W. 320th St., Federal Way (253-945-5326 or www.cityoffederalway.com).

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: From Slavery, 2 Dreams, 2 President

TODAY Celebrating King's dream with past-to-present tribute to African-American history with program and performances, 2-5 p.m., Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; free museum admission all day (888-238-4373 or washingtonhistory.org).

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

WED-FRI Personal reflection on America's progress in the civil-rights struggle with keynote speaker Harold Moss, former mayor of Tacoma, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Kilworth Memorial Chapel; viewing and discussion of film from the series "Race: The Power of an Illusion," 6 p.m. Thursday, Wheelock Student Center; open-mic performance by students, staff, faculty and community members on the theme of "Moving Beyond Tolerance," 1 p.m. Friday, Wheelock Student Center, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; all events free (www.ups.edu/x1328.xml).

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