Bellingham hosts events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Bellingham hosts several events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all on Monday, Jan. 19.

Read-in for children

10 a.m to 2 p.m., Village Books, 1200 11th St. Children are invited to hear stories about King, the civil rights movement, tolerance, and diversity. Sponsors: WWU Center for Service-Learning and Village Books.

Details: 360-671-2626, villagebooks.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at City Hall

Noon-1 p.m. 210 Lottie St. Free. The city of Bellingham hosts a celebration at City Hall and a day of service at Maritime Heritage Park. The celebration includes music by the Kulshan Chorus, with City Council member Roxanne Murphy as emcee. Speakers include Mayor Kelli Linville; Kristen French, director of WWU’s Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity; musician Edwin “Skip” Williams; and poet and activist Ellen Murphy. This year’s theme: “Infinite Hope: The Courage of the Movement.”

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, and the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, work to improve salmon habitat at Maritime Heritage Park. Volunteers should come dressed for the weather and prepared to work on steep slopes. Gloves, tools, directions, and refreshments will be provided. nd Recreation and NSEA. Park in the C Street parking lot.

Celebration details: Marie Marchand, 360-778-8202 or mmmarchand@cob.org. Park work details: Rae Edwards, 360-778-7105 or redwards@cob.org.

17th Annual MLK Jr. Poetry Reading and Open Mic

6 to 8 p.m., Community Food Co-Op, 1220 N. Forest St. People of all ages can share a poem or song focusing on diversity, human rights, or related issues (limit presentation to five minutes). Kevin Murphy emcees. Details: 360-734-8158.