The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. thrives, and on Monday, Jan. 16, Americans are encouraged to have a "day on, not a day off" and provide service to their communities. Here's what you need to know about the national holiday, plus how you can get involved, and celebrate, in honor of Dr. King.
What: The memorial concert features Poplyfe, a band who came in fourth place in the last season of America's Got Talent and is headed by a Berkeley High School student.
When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland.
Cost: $8 for children under 12, $18 for adults.
What: The community breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be attended by faith, civic, and community leaders in Berkeley. This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please call the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce at 510.549.7000 and or St. Paul's Church at 510.848.2050.
When: Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, 7 a.m.
Where: Crystal Ballroom,
What: On MLK Day of Service, volunteers will hand out flyers that explain the Milk-for-Kids project and encourage shoppers at the partner stores to purchase milk coupons.
Sign up to volunteer here.
When: Monday, Jan 16, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Join the Alameda County Community Food Bank to make a difference for the one in six residents of Alameda County who rely on the Food Bank. Donate through the
Virtual Food Drive or drop-off non-perishable goods for families in need.
When: Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, all day, and every day after.
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What: The City of Piedmont will mark MLK Day with a shared meal, music and film about Dr. King at the Piedmont Community Center. A potluck lunch will be served; all guest are encouraged to bring a dish reflecting their heritage.
When: Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: , 711 Highland Ave, Piedmont.
What: Volunteers will help staff remove invasive plants and restore the shoreline's habitat. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own refillable water bottle.
When: Monday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Doolittle Dr. & Swan Way, Oakland.
Parking in Berkeley
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a parking meter holiday in the City of Berkeley, so parking is free.
City of Berkeley office closures for MLK Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Civic Center Building (2180 Milvia St.)
- Permit Service Center (2120 Milvia St.)
- 1947 Center St.
- Senior Centers (also closed on fourth Fridays)
- All libraries
City services available on MLK Day
- Customer Service Call Center
- Call 311 in Berkeley or (510) 981-CITY
- Garbage and Recycling Collection
- Senior Centers (Closed only on 4th Friday)
- Health Clinic at 830 University Avenue
- Partial Service: Call (510) 981-5350
- Mental Health Clinic
- Partial Service: Call (510) 981-5290
- Building Inspections
- Pre-scheduled inspections only
- Police and Fire Dept. Emergency Services
- Main and Branch Libraries
- Animal Shelter
- Transfer Station
- Rent Stabilization Board
How are you honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Let us know in the comments.