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• Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for Wake Early College of Health and Sciences and Wake Technical Community College, 11 a.m. in the Lecture Hall in Building E, Wake Tech’s northern campus, 6600 Louisburg Road, Raleigh.
• The N.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission has organized a bell-ringing tribute before the state employees’ observance at noon on the Bicentennial Plaza near the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. The commission asks residents, churches and organizations to help kick off King Weekend 2013 by ringing bells in their communities, creating a tribute throughout the state. For information, contact the N.C. Human Relations Commission at 919-807-4420 or visit www.doa.nc.gov/hrc• Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Program at noon at First Baptist Church, 101 South Wilmington St., downtown Raleigh.
• Cary’s annual MLK Dreamfest Celebration will take place from Jan. 18 through Feb. 9. Many activities are free and require no reservations. For information and a full list of activities, search “Dreamfest” at www.townofcary.org or call 919-469-4069.
• Wreath-laying ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens in Southeast Raleigh.
• Women of Action Gathering at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary at 7 p.m. Lisa Carol Williams will be the keynote speaker.
• Durham Community MLK Steering Committee Day of Service Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.at New Horizons Academy, 916 Lamond Avenue, Durham.
• The Town of Cary will host a special video presentation and discussion at 3 p.m. on the 50th anniversary of desegregating Cary High School. There will be children’s activities and a musical tribute to Dr. King. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary.
• Marvelous Music Series presents “The Parchman Hour,” a docudrama chronicling the trials and tribulations of the Freedom Riders, 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center. Tickets are available at the arts center and at www.etix.com.
• Tim Tyson, author of “Blood Done Sign My Name,” will hold a discussion on the civil rights movement at United Church of Chapel Hill at 10 a.m.
• Duke University will commemorate the day with a speech by the Rev. William C. Turner, a Duke alumnus who was in one of the first classes to include blacks. The speech is free and will take place at 3 p.m. in Duke Chapel. Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage.
• Garner’s third annual celebration, “One Community, One Nation, One Dream,” will be hosted by Mayor Ronnie Williams at Garner Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. The program includes music and speakers from in the civil rights, religious and local political communities. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable or canned good items to be donated to Garner Area Ministries. For information, contact Dr. James Ferry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dwight Rodgers at 919-601-5372.
• During the MLK Jr. Dreamfest Day of Service in Cary, residents can give back to the community by participating in a cleanup of Middle Creek Community Center. The effort is managed by the town’s Spruce program. Volunteers will gather at Middle Creek Park. Participants must preregister by email to email@example.com or by phone to 919-469-4301.
• The 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park at 7 a.m. The breakfast is free and open to the public.
• The 8th Annual Martin Luther King Day Of Community Service will begin at 9 a.m. Residents will volunteer on Triangle United Way-sponsored projects throughout the region. A list of all the projects can be found at unitedwaytriangle.galaxydigital.com. Those who sign up online will receive a free MLK Day of Service Volunteer T-shirt when they check in at their project site.
• Participants in the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Memorial March will assemble at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Capitol. They will depart at 11 a.m. and walk through downtown Raleigh. All residents are welcome. No registration required. An ecumenical observance will be held after the march at noon at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
• Durham Unity March and Rally beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company, 411 West Chapel Hill St., Durham, and concluding at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham.
• At 10:30 a.m. and noon in Northgate Mall’s center court, there will be free crafts, readings, a sock hop and an ice cream social. The event is geared toward schoolchildren. Sponsors include NC MomsRising, Northgate Mall and local mother’s associations. Participants are asked to donate nonperishable food or toiletries to support Durham Urban Ministries.
• “Only Light, Only Love,” a children’s concert featuring Frank La Motte, will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill. Suggested donations are $5 for youth and adults and $3 for children 4 through 12. The event is free for children 3 and younger. Visit www.unitedchurch.org or call 919-942-3540.
• The 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Evening Musical Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Singer Luther Barnes will headline the event.
• Annual Religious Service at 6 p.m. at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St., Durham. Keynote speaker is the Rev. John Mendez of Winston-Salem.
• Durham Regional Hospital will commemorate King’s life with a service at 1 p.m. at the hospital chapel. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Michael Page, Durham County commissioner.
• Candlelight service at 5 p.m. in the main lobby of Durham Regional Hospital. Guest speaker is Patrick Baker, former city manager for Durham.
• “A Dream Yet Fulfilled: Addressing Health Disparities Domestic and Abroad” will feature a series of lectures on health disparities, starting at 1 p.m. at Duke School of Nursing’s Christine Siegler Pearson Building. A 4:30 p.m. keynote address will be given by David Satcher, former U.S. surgeon general. Registration required, tinyurl.com/SONsatcher.
• The 12th annual statewide kickoff to Black History Month commences with an a cappella performance at the N.C. Museum of History. The festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and feature cooking and book presentations, dance and music performances, crafts and a scavenger hunt. For a complete schedule of performances and presentations, go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.