Local events this week celebrate and commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

The 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will be observed on Jan. 21. To follow is a listing local events from the Heights Observer online calendar that will celebrate and commemorate Dr. King's life.

Jan. 16: Cleveland Height's Annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The public is encouraged to attend Cleveland Heights's annual celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday evening, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard.  Awards will be given for the winning entries in the city's essay, poetry and poster contests. 

The contest theme this year is: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated courage throughout his life by standing up and speaking for what he believed was right. Describe a time when you showed courage, or when you witnessed other people showing courage, in doing the right thing."

The Heights High Choir will perform. For more information, call Cleveland Heights Community Relations at 216-291-2323.

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Commemoration at Hope Lutheran Church

"Still I Rise" is the 18th annual commemoration service for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 2222 North Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Northeastern Ohio Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the African Descent Outreach Strategy, the service is free and open to everyone, and will encompass praise, music, the Word, and a mass choir. A reception will follow the service.

For more information, visit www.hopelutheran-clehts.com, e-mail hopeluth@sbcglobal.net, or call 216-371-5252.

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Maltz Museum

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, with free admission. The day includes a special musical presentation at 1:30 p.m., followed by the premiere of A Conversation After a Funeral, a new one-act play by Cleveland playwright and poet Dr. Mary Weems. Guided tours will be available throughout the day.

The Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood, will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. For additional information, visit www.maltzmuseum.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 3:43 PM, 01.14.2013