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Opportunity to serve community Jan. 21, MLK Jr. Day

Marchers walk down Gurley Street during the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day March. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Marchers walk down Gurley Street during the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day March. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

MLK Week of Events

Just Us Community Mixer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Sam Hill Art Gallery, 232 W. Granite St., Prescott.

Color of Fear Movie and Discussion showing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Prescott College Crossroads Center, 302 Grove Ave., Prescott.

Poder in Action “Woke” Shop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Granite Peak Universalist Unitarian Church, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott.

Greater Prescott Community Panel from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St., Room B, Prescott.

In celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, 31 AmeriCorps members of Arizona Serve of Prescott College have organized nine service projects in the Quad Cities in which the community is invited to participate. The projects are located in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley, and will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.

The 2019 MLK Day Peace and Justice March begins at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Prescott College. Marchers will walk down Grove Avenue to Gurley Street, circle the Yavapai County Courthouse and return up Gurley Street to the Prescott United Methodist Church for an MLK program that begins at 11 a.m.

At 6 p.m. at the church, the St. Luke Ebony Christian Church presents an MLK program.

The community has several organizations that tackle poverty in unique and different ways, said Annie Reifsnyder, Training and Program manager for Arizona Serve of Prescott College.

Members participate annually in a National Day of Service on MLK Day recognizing it as a “Day On, Not a Day Off.” This year, Prescott’s team has partnered with Sonoran Prevention Works, Prescott Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Unified School District, Stepping Stones Clothing Outlet, La Tierra Community School, Horses with H.E.A.R.T., and Northpoint Academy.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with the Martin Luther King Jr. March starting at Prescott College, walking to and then east on Gurley Street and circling the Yavapai County Courthouse.

Marchers will walk back up Gurley Street to the Prescott United Methodist Church where a celebration with presentations and music will occur. Lunch is provided for the volunteers before they begin their service projects.

Findlay Auto Group, Dunn-Edwards Paints, True Value Hardware, and Sherwin Williams have graciously donated to make this volunteer project possible.

“It is a day for us to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., but also take action and give back,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Sarah Haber. “As a National Service member, I take pride in being able to make a difference on a daily basis and am excited to share that with the larger Prescott community.”

Those who are interested in volunteering can register at Prescott College before the March at 9:30 a.m. or sign up online at http://signup.com/go/AXOmTWX.

The projects include: the Prescott Valley Stepping Stones Clothing Outlet, 6717 E. 2nd Street, Suite A, and the Red Barn at 6689 E. 1st Street; and the Prescott Stepping Stones location at 408 W. Goodwin St.; a painting project with Habitat for Humanity, 5229 N. Robert Road in Prescott Valley; barn work with Horses with H.E.A.R.T., 2705 Highway 89 in Chino Valley; and a beautification project at La Tierra School, 124 N. Virginia St., Prescott.

Others include a painting project at Northpoint Academy, 551 1st St., Prescott; building raised beds for Prescott Unified School District at Washington School, 300 E. Gurley St., Prescott; and Sonoran Prevention Works, Nalozone kits, at Prescott College, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott.

For more information, email shaber@arizonaserve or call 928- 793-8941.

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