Martin Luther King Jr. celebration set at St. Theresa Catholic Church |

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration set at St. Theresa Catholic Church

A communitywide celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Theresa Catholic Church. The afternoon will feature music and dance provided by local musicians as well as by several different community and church choirs and multicultural groups. Representatives from the civic and spiritual communities will also be present and sharing their thoughts on Martin Luther King. All are welcome to attend. The event is free, and refreshments will be available.

Also participating will be representatives of the Season for Peace and Nonviolence committee, who will be facilitating the sixth annual local celebration of the nonviolent principles of King and Mahatma Gandhi. The runs from Jan. 30 through April 4 and includes an age-appropriate packet for practicing peace and nonviolence received by every Lake Tahoe Unified School District student.

This year, SPNV is sponsoring an essay contest open to every student in the community. The essay’s theme is “How Did Martin Luther King Jr. Make a Difference in My Life” and should be 250 words or less. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 16. A winning essay will be selected from the elementary school level and the middle/high school level. Winners will receive a $50 savings bond and will have the opportunity to read their essay at the Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration.

For more information, call James Crawford at (530) 543-3342 or Dr. Stew Bittman at (5300 577-7135. Send essays to SPNV, P.O. Box 19835, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151. Include contact information on all essays.

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