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Your guide to MLK weekend

on January 14, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an especially joyous time in Richmond and the greater Bay Area.

Scroll below to see a list of some of the high points, a few ideas to make it easier for you and yours to get out and be a part of something greater, just as Dr. King would have loved.

“Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, Jan. 16

The Art of Storytelling: From Martin Luther King Jr. to President Obama

An afternoon of activities includes a performance of Let Freedom Ring: Civil Rights Tales by the Stagebridge theater company, storytelling workshops, performer Susheel Bibb’s presentation of Before Martin, There Was Mary. Events included in price of museum admission.

Location: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Time: 1 – 6 p.m.
For more info click HERE


In the Name of Love: 9th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Musical performances by Goapele, Linda Tillery & Terrance Kelly, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and the Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Oaktown Jazz Workshops. General admission $12, children 6-12 $5, under age 6 free.

Location: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
Time: 7 p.m.
For more info click HERE or by calling (800) 836-3006.

Monday, Jan. 17

Richmond Shoreline Cleanup

Where: Meet at Shimada Friendship Park, at the end of the Marina Bay Parkway at the Bay

Work Options: Winterize the Bay Trail with mulch to prevent a regrowth of invasive ice plant; remove Fennel and other invasive species; pick up trash

More information: The Watershed Project at 510-214-6897 or for more info click HERE.


Richmond Greenway Cleanup

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Greenway at 6th Street; at 16th Street, or at Carlson Blvd. and Ohio Ave.

Work Options: Plant edible, butterfly and medicinal plants; beautify Berryland and Lincoln School Farm; weed, mulch, remove litter, design a mural.

More Information: Doria Robinson 510-778-5886 or, or for more information click HERE.


East Bay Regional Park District 3rd Annual Day of Service

Volunteers can help park staff do habitat restoration work and remove invasive plants. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Registration required for this event. You can register online or by calling 1-888-EBPARKS, (1-888-327-2757), option 2, 3.

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland

Time: 8:30 am – noon
For more info click HERE


The 2011 MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration

This year’s celebration is entitled, “Sustaining the Dream: Through Community and Service.”

Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: 701 Mission Street, San Francisco
Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Schedule of Events:

9 am – 4:30 pm: Mind, Body and Soul Festival in The Forum
9 am – 4:30 pm: San Francisco Literary and Children’s Reading Festival in the Grand Lobby
10 am – 5 pm: Free museum entry at Contemporary Jewish Museum and Museum of the African Diaspora
11 am: March and Parade. The parade begins at the Caltrains Depot and 4 St. and Townsend Ave. and ends at the Yerba Center
12:15 – 2 pm: “King in Five Vignettes” special presentation in the Novellus Theater

For more info click HERE.

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