MLK Day Celebrations, Closures

by ARLnow.com January 12, 2011 at 9:06 am 2,046 6 Comments

Arlington County is gearing up for its tributes to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Arlington is holding its 42nd annual tribute to Dr. King at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center auditorium (3501 Second St. S.). The event will feature keynote speaker Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a local civil rights leader who worked with Dr. King, as well as performance by the World Children’s Choir and the Washington-Lee High School Jazz Band.

ABC 7 reporter Horace Holmes will emcee the event, which is taking place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16.

On Monday, Arlington’s AmeriCorps team will hold a Martin Luther King Day of Service. From 10:00 a.m. to noon, volunteers will meet at the Arlington Mill Community Center (4975 Columbia Pike) then go forth to help clean up a section of the Pike and the nearby Four Mile Run stream. Anyone interested in participating is asked to register by emailing volunteer[at]arlingtonenvironment.org.

There will also be a “Save a Tree on MLK Day” event from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Gulf Branch Nature Center (3608 Military Road). Volunteers will help save trees by pulling invasive species from the ground. Call 703-228-3403 for more information.

Arlington government offices, schools and libraries will be closed on Monday. The Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center will be open, but every other community center will be closed. Parking won’t be enforced, but trash will be collected.

Metro and ART will be running on a holiday schedule, but Blue and Orange Line work will make commuting into the District tricky.

  • mehoo

    It’s cool that people remember that MLK Day was intended to be a day of service, not just another day off.

    • Darwin

      Holy crap I think we agree on something!

      • mehoo

        Enjoy it while we can.

  • Smy

    Woohoo. We’re all gonna get drunk and get laid!

  • Just the Facts

    Arlnow: “run” = “stream”. “Four Mile Run stream” is redundant.

    • It would be redundant, save the fact that there’s a “Four Mile Run Drive” that could cause confusion. Point taken, though.


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