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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 11 January 2006

Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering several ways to celebrate the Martin Luther King. Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 16, and during the preceding few days.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, from noon to 1 p.m., King County's 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will feature Jacqueline Moscou, artistic director of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, as a performer and director of monologues and songs by other performers.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. Performersinclude Patrinell Wright, Josie Howell and Moscou. For more information, call Bailey deIongh, 206-296-7652.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, Seattle Parks and Recreation's Teen Programs will host its fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Teen March. The march starts at Sam Smith Park, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. Felicia Loud, a local artist and activist, will be the guest speaker. After Loud's speech, participants will march to LangstonHughes Performing Arts Center.

Workshops on a wide range of topics, including two sessions specifically geared toward youth, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave. The workshops' theme is "Racism, Poverty, War: Katrina, Iraq No More!" Topics include poverty, housing, economic justice, media, military recruitersinpublic schools, ending the war in Iraq and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For more information, call 206-684-4550.

At 11 a.m. at Garfield, a rally with speeches, poetry and music is planned. At noon, a march begins to the downtownFederal Building, corner of Second Avenue and Madison Street.

Also on Jan. 16, community members will help restore the natural environment at Magnuson Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by planting native plants, removing "invasive" plants and mulching. Enter the park on Northeast 65th Street, drive east to the boat launch parking lot and look for the yellow "volunteer" banner. For more information, call the Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance, 206-524-8713.

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