SOUTHWEST DUTCHESS, N.Y. -- Still haven't made plans for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? It's not too late. A host of events are going on throughout Southwest Dutchess. Feel free to add any we've missed.
Poughkeepsie: The Mid-Hudson Heritage Center is presenting its newest exhibit Poughkeepsie Elder Stories on Martin Luther King Day. The art opening begins at 4 p.m. with a reading of King's famous "I Have a Dream speech" at 5 p.m.. Stop by earlier for the volunteer open house (from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Go HERE for information.
Also in Poughkeepsie: A host of volunteer events for this Day of Service. Among them: Cleaning Webster House Shelter on Monday, Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Click HERE for details. For a full list, click HERE .
Beacon: The Southern Dutchess Coalition is offering a full day of events starting with a continental breakfast at Beacon's Springfield Baptist Church at 8 a.m. (8 Mattie Cooper Sq.) The "Dr. King Parade," founded by the late folk singer Pete Seeger is also on the agenda and starts at 9:30 a.m. American flags, posters and banners are encouraged and all are welcome. Once the parade is over, around 1 p.m., there will be more merriment back at the church where area youth groups and solo artists will perform a series of music, dance and drama performances. The winners of the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, which includes student entries from across the Hudson Valley, will also be revealed. Go HERE for information.
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