Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and give back to the Manhattan Community this weekend. This year marks the 25th anniversary that Manhattan has celebrated the King holiday as a community. Sign up at the Manhattan Town Center on Monday for shifts from 10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., or 2-4 p.m.
Before you volunteer, there’s a prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel. The buffet is $10 per person. Enjoy performances and browse vendors throughout the day at the Mall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The seventh annual Spirit of MLK Jr. Community Service Presentation will take place at noon.
There are two memorial services, the MLK Jr. Commemoration Service at 7 p.m. Friday at the Manhattan Christian Fellowship Church and on at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the College Avenue United Methodist Church with guest preacher, Rev. Jim Spencer. There will also be a special performance by the Collegiate Choir of Philander Smith College.
A celebration targeting youth will happen on Saturday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Harris Activity Center. The generationON MLK Youth Celebration will recognize area youth, share readings, and serve a community meal. A performance by the Collegiate Choir of Philander Smith College will also take place.
The annual Community Celebration and Candlelight Walk Saturday evening will feature Kevin Willmott, a Junction City native and filmmaker. The celebration is at the Manhattan High School East Campus.
Here’s a look at other area events:
The Dead Silos, 9 p.m. Auntie Mae’s.
Acoustic Junction, 7 p.m. Bob Cervera hosts an evening of acoustic music performance with friends John Farow, Mark Westfall, Brian Krenzin, Dave Holman and the Opera House’s Steve Seitz. Admission is free and open to the public. A cash bar and snacks will be available. C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City.
Cody Canada & the Departed, 10 p.m. Longhorn’s.
Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon. Bluestem Bistro.
Nashville Songwriters Association International North Central Kansas Chapter, 2-4:30 p.m. Crestview Christian Church, 4761 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Read to Dogs, 2-4 pm. Read to a certified therapy dog. No sign up required. Also January 15. Manhattan Public Library, Storytime Room.
Wayne Goins Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.
Martin Luther King Day On Event, 10 a.m.-noon. Join the staff of the Beach Museum of Art for the premier of “Tallgrass TV,” a video installation by Sam Easterson. Beach Museum of Art.