Weekend Planner: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations and More

Ideas from around the region for the long weekend—including events to honor the legacy of Dr. King


See below for more MLK Day opportunities, but here's one we showcase in Tarrytown:

MLK Volunteer Day

When/Where: Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hosted by The Institute of Applied Human Dynamics () @ St. Jude, 32 Warren Avenue, Tarrytown

Why Go: In Project 1: Volunteers will work alongside participants with disabilities to create "I have a dream" cloud project and read books about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and ideas. Age minimum: 18, or 12 and up with an adult (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) For Project 2: Volunteers will bake friendship cookies that will be shared with the participants and other volunteers. Age minimum: 18, or 12 and up with an adult. (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

"The good thing about these projects," said Nathalie Monim-Voelker, service event coordinator for the Volunteer Center of the United Way responsible for this and other events, is "you're doing it with people with disabilities and you're all doing it together. It will be like a party."

Sign up fast! 25 volunteer slots available! If you know anyone interested in participating please contact nathalie@volunteer-centerg.org, or at 914/948-4452

Price: free


Accessibility Day at Stepping Stones Museum for Children

When/Where:   Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m-11 a.m. at in Norwalk

Why Go:  A new event at Stepping Stones, this is the first of four Accessibility Days planned for 2012. Children with special needs and their families are invited to experience the museum for free.           

Price:  Free     


Miss New York USA/Miss Teen New York USA Pageant

When/Where:  Saturday, Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 (final crowning show on 1/15 begins at 7:30 p.m.) at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College

Why Go: Over the course of two days, see the groups of young women compete for the title of Miss Teen New York USA and Miss New York USA. There are even some  to root for.

Price: Tickets $45     


Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Starring Peter Gros

When/Where:   Sunday, Jan.15, 3 p.m. at  in Peekskill

Why Go:  From the famous television show that has been entertaining audiences for more than 45 years, animal lover Peter Gros will delight audiences with a live presentation. Gros highlights his countless wildlife adventures with a mix of video clips, audience participation, and friendly exotic animals. He includes inspirational stories that deal with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife filming.

Price: Tickets are $25 and $35


Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Impact Wrestling

When/Where:   Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the 

Why Go: Total Nonstop Action wrestling is a professional wrestling organization, based in Nashville, Tennessee that hosts live events throughout North America. TNA Impact! is the title TV show and can be seen weekly on Spike TV. “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, Impact Wrestling superstar Bobby Roode, “The Cowboy” James Storm, the knockout Velvet Sky and others will be featured live.

Price:  Tickets are $21.50-$51.50


The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live

When/Where:   Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan 14 at 8 p.m. & midnight, Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the 

Why Go: See the White Plains Performing Arts Center's Conservatory production of the zany "The Rocky Horror Show,” The over-the-top story follows two clean cut young people, Brad Majors and his fiancé Janet Weiss, who run into trouble and seek help at the freaky Frankenstein mansion. Little do they know that the mansion is inhabited by alien transsexuals from the planet Transylvania and Dr. Frank N Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments.

Price:  Tickets are $17-$23


24th Annual Winter Jazz Concert Featuring Houston Person

When/Where:   Sunday, Jan, 15, 7:30pm at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls

Why Go:  Legendary jazz musician Houston Person and his quartet return to The Schoolhouse Theater to present their 24th Annual Winter Jazz Concert. A world-renowned jazz tenor saxophonist, songwriter, bandleader and record producer, Houston Person has recorded more than 75 albums since the 1960's with a style that ranges from hard bop to swing, but it is jazz for which he is most widely known.

Price: Tickets are $30


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations:


28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Worship Service in Peekskill

When/Where:  Monday, Jan. 16, 3 p.m. at 

Event:  “Reviving the Spirit, Restoring the Dream,” this celebration will feature performers and speakers honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.


MLK Day of Service

When/Where: Saturday, Jan. 14different start times, click here for service projects around the county

Event:  Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Choose from 25 service projects to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.


Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day Celebration

Where/When:   Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the in Greenwich

Event:  This year’s theme, “Dr. King’s Message of Love” features special performances by Built for Praise Dance Academy, a young vibrant dance troupe from Bridgeport, Connecticut who specializes in dance performances with a message. They have choreographed a special program to honor Dr. King and his message of love. Students of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to make “I have a dream …” buttons and add their self-portraits to the Circle of Friends mural.

Price:  All events are free with admission.


MLK Freedom Day Concert at Barnes & Nobles in White Plains

When/Where:  Monday, Jan. 16, from 12 noon-4 p.m. (pianists only from 6-8 p.m.) at , 230 Main St

Event: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Library will celebrate Martin Luther King Day with two free concerts:  The Senakwami Chorus and solo pianists will perform for the fundraiser: for everyone who makes a purchase at any Barnes & Noble on Jan. 16 and gives the library book fair ID, 10616605, Barnes & Noble will make a donation to the Freedom Library in White Plains.

The library has unusual and important books and films for adults and children on subjects such as non-violence and anti-racism, Dr. King and other great peacemakers, African-American history and more.


Films About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When/Where:  Saturday, January 14, 1:00 pm at the 

Event:  The Cave will play short films about Dr. King.

Price:  Free




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