MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY EVENTS
Jerusalem Baptist Church 6 p.m. today, 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. 330-928-3231.
University of Mount Union events 8:30 a.m. today, Haines House, 186 W. Market St., Alliance. Tours of pre-Civil War Underground Railroad station, $3 admission. To register for tour, call 330-823-7288. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Recognition Banquet, 6 p.m. in the Solarium of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. For information, call 330-823-2138. Educational PowerPoint and Discussion at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Candlelight vigil, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday beginning at Rodman Playhouse, and a 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. display on campus grounds. Social Justice Workshop at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Mount Union Theatre. Keynote speaker: Jessica Pettitt.
University of Akron Activities Fair 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, University of Akron's Student Union Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and activities fair. The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call 330-972-8287.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast Celebration 7:15 to 9 a.m. today, Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. Dr. Flora N. Dees, founding executive director of Project Graduation Really Achieves Dreams, is keynote speaker. Free. 330-434-3101.
Barberton Branch NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration 1:30 p.m. today, Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Ave. African Drummers: Omo Iroko Drum & Dance Society will perform. 330-745-1194.
Dreamers' Club, Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day Noon to 2 p.m. today, Cascade Village Community Center, 210 E. North St., Akron. There will be a reading from the book Dream by Susan V. Bosak, a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., music, activities, crafts and more. 330-253-9484.
Festival of Nations 2011 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Featuring Lakota Nation Dancers; Allegro Dance Company; Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle; O'Hare Irish Dancers; Shri Kalaa Mandhir; and the Gracanica Folklore Group. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 330-253-2488, orhttp://www.akroncivic.com.
Food Drive by Organizing for America 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Arlington Church of God, 539 S. Arlington St., Akron. Volunteers will collect non-perishable food items for local food bank. They will also distribute gently used winter coats to those in need.
Great Lakes Science Center 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. Free general admission in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Does not include Omnimax Theater admission, which is $9.50; $7.50, children younger than 18. 216-694-2000 or http://www.GreatScience.com.
IHOBF-Cleveland Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: We Have a Dream 1 p.m.today, House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave. Performance and visual art exhibition to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Participating school and community groups from Northeast Ohio will use the words and deeds of King as an inspiration for creating pieces of visual or performance artwork. Free. For information, call 216-274-3380.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 11 a.m to 5 p.m. today, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood. Free admission to programs, events to commemorate holiday. 216-593-0575 or http://www.maltzmuseum.org.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland. Day will feature an array of musical talent throughout the afternoon on the museum's Main Stage, including Grammy award-winning R&B and soul singer Chrisette Michele, as well as local performers Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir and the Terry Macklin Entertainment Experience. Free. 216-781-7625.
Severance Hall MLK Day Community Open House Noon to 5 p.m. today, Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Free day of activities includes performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble, the Euclid High School Drum Line, Passport Project and Roots of American Music. For information, go to http://www.clevelandorchestra.com.
Free lecture 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, College of Wooster Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center, 525 E. University St., Wooster. Environmental justice activist Robert Bullard will be the featured speaker as part of the college's Martin Luther King Week. A reception and book signing will follow. Free. 330-263-2434.
Ursuline College Martin Luther King Jr. Event 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Ursuline College's Daley Dining Hall, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike. Guest speaker Tim Wise's topic will be Through the Lens of Dr. King: Color Blindness. Free. 440-646-8322.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Convocation 12:30 p.m. Friday, Case Western Reserve University's Ford Auditorium, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People, will deliver the keynote address. Free. For information, go to http://case.edu/events/mlk.
Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Kent Student Center, Kent State University. Former Congressman and NAACP President Mfume will be the guest speaker at Kent State's Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Includes a cultural celebration of music, word and dance with performances by the Bhutanese-Nepali Dance Group, a cultural expression presentation by professor Traci Easley-Williams, spoken word by Kent State NAACP President Robin Wright, musical performances and more. Free. 330-672-8563.