5 ways to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured at an integration rally in Montgomery, Ala., on May 21, 1961. There are a variety of events marking King’s life around Orange County


Long Beach begins its 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, stepping off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street. Multicultural celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon St., begins at noon. Free parking at Long Beach City College, with shuttle buses to the parade route 8-10 a.m.


Numerous volunteer opportunities for the King Jr. Day of Service are being coordinated through Orange County United Way and OneOC. They include:

• Community garden groundbreaking 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at South Junior High, 2320 E. South St., Anaheim. Volunteers can help transform a fallow lot by assembling planters, tilling dirt, laying weed barrier cloth and other activities. Info: getconnected.unitedwayoc.org or 949-263-6111.

• Lemonade stand fundraiser 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday hosted by the Springbrook Ambassadors of Springbrook Elementary School in Irvine. Students will sell lemonade to help increase awareness of the connective tissue disease epidermolysis bullosa, an effort led by third-grader Mikey Fullmer, who has the disease. Stands will be located on East Yale Loop, between Springbrook North and Thunder Run.

• Various times Monday: cleanup in upper Newport Bay; pack food boxes at Orange County Food Bank in Garden Grove; diversity workshop and book repair in Santa Ana; Boys & Girls Club campus renovation in Tustin. Info on these and other King Day activities: oneoc.org or 714-953-5757.

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Christ Our Redeemer AME Church is dedicating its 8 and 10:30 a.m Sunday worship services to King. Youth at the church will recite the “I Have a Dream” speech. The church is at 45 Tesla, Irvine. Info:corchurch.org or 949-955-0014.


Climb Little Sycamore trail in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on a self-guided hike featuring 14 uplifting quotations from King posted along the way. The moderate hike, 2 miles total, is recommended for ages 8 and older. Hours are 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Begin at the Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center on the west side of Laguna Canyon Road, about 3 miles south of the freeway. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Info:lagunacanyon.org or 949-923-2235.


Reclaim the Dream peace march and prayer vigil in Anaheim will start at 4 p.m. with sign and art making at United Universalist Church Anaheim, 511 S. Harbor Blvd. The short walk to Anaheim City Hall will begin at 5 p.m. Community leaders will speak and conduct a multifaith prayer vigil. Sponsors include the Orange County chapter of the NAACP and Orange County Congregation Community Organization. Information: Monica Curca at monica@occcopico.org or 714-833-9739.


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