BELLINGHAM - Whatcom County residents can march, hike or just listen to honor Martin Luther King on Monday, Jan. 21.
Here are several events that will take place throughout the county to mark the holiday.
Shining the Light: The city of Bellingham will host its annual Martin Luther King Day event at noon in Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St. The event will feature speakers and performances by the Kulshan Chorus.
Cleanup: Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association are hosting a work party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maritime Heritage Park to restore habitat and plant native shrubs. Participants can meet at the north end of C Street near the fish hatchery and check in at the blue NSEA tents. Gloves, tools and instructions will be provided, along with refreshments and raffle prizes.
Poverty action march: The event will start with a free community breakfast with speakers at 10 a.m. at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. People are encouraged to bring items such as baby food, diapers, soap, toiletries and canned goods to donate at the breakfast. At 11 a.m., the poverty action march will begin at the school, head to Bellingham City Hall and then loop back to the school, with a goal of raising awareness and support for those in poverty. The march will be followed by a variety of student service projects.
Read-in: Parents can bring their kids ages 3 to 8 to join Western Washington University students for activities and stories about social justice. The read-in will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the readings gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
Free recreation: The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees on Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest for the holiday.