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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day the offices of North Sound ACH will be closed on Monday January 15th, 2017. During this day we encourage everyone to spread the message of freedom, equality, justice, tolerance and love.  There are several events happening around the North Sound and around the State.  In this time of turmoil let’s remember and act on Dr. Kings message of hope. 

Island  County

Trinity Lutheran Church Minister of Music, Karl Olsen, is planning to perform gospel music and movements in the program. A speech from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will also be read; Landrieu gave the speech against white supremacy as his city removed Confederate statues.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley is hosting a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday that combines theater with archival film, called “The Right to Dream.”

The performance is from award-winning Seattle “historical theater troupe,” Living Voices, that tells an African-American student’s coming of age story in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s.

On Jan. 15, Whidbey Island Friends Meeting is showing a video of King’s speech delivered from Riverside Church, “Beyond Vietnam.”

King denounced the Vietnam War in the speech. The viewing is 7 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist meeting house in Freeland.

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Whatcom County

Noon-1 p.m. 210 Lottie St. Free. The city of Bellingham hosts a celebration at City Hall and a day of service at Maritime Heritage Park. The celebration includes music by the Kulshan Chorus, with City Council member Roxanne Murphy as emcee. Speakers include Mayor Kelli Linville; Kristen French, director of WWU’s Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity; musician Edwin “Skip” Williams; and poet and activist Ellen Murphy. This year’s theme: “Infinite Hope: The Courage of the Movement.”

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, and the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, work to improve salmon habitat at Maritime Heritage Park. Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and prepared to work on steep slopes. Gloves, tools, directions, and refreshments will be provided. nd Recreation and NSEA. Park in the C Street parking lot.

Celebration details: Marie Marchand, 360-778-8202 or Park work details: Rae Edwards, 360-778-7105 or

17th Annual MLK Jr. Poetry Reading and Open Mic

6 to 8 p.m., Community Food Co-Op, 1220 N. Forest St. People of all ages can share a poem or song focusing on diversity, human rights, or related issues (limit presentation to five minutes). Kevin Murphy emcees. Details: 360-734-8158.


Snohomish County

 The annual Whidbey Island Martin Luther King Jr. “Blessed Are The Peacemakers” event at St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16 will feature interactive readings on the martyrs of Selma and voting rights, recordings of King’s speeches, musical performances and a keynote speaker.

Free lunch provided from noon to 12:45 p.m. 

St. Augustine’s is at 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road, Freeland. Call 360-678-5071 for more.

Also in Freeland, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island will screen the PBS Tavis Smiley special, “A Call to Conscience,” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16. The church is at 20103 Highway 525. 

On April 4, 1967, King delivered the controversial speech, “Beyond Vietnam,” about his opposition to the war in Vietnam. The one-hour special includes his speech and commentary. Call 360-342-1457 for more. 

Global Peace Foundation USA, Service for Peace, Corporation for National &Community Services, and Lynnwood Parks &Recreation are hosting an MLK Day of Service for youth ages 14-18 on Jan. 18. Meet at Prestige Care Inc., 21008 76th Ave. W, Edmonds, to volunteer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Service projects will include poster making for Meadowdale Elementary School, writing letters for the Lynnwood Food Bank and trail rehabilitation at the Lynnwood Golf Course. 

Lunch will be provided.

Call 406-794-2847 or email for more information.

Treat your fellow Americans with dignity and respect, regardless of their background.

— Sara Bruestle, Herald writer (Read the article)

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