As part of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, experience the latest optical illusion technology when a life-sized hologram image of the slain civil rights leader graces the Irving Arts Center stage. In addition, elementary school students can score a free bike and helmet in the name of safety and service. Capping off the weekend will be a free community luncheon. All are welcome to take part in events planned to commemorate Dr. King’s life.
10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Safety Rally
Join volunteers from local nonprofit organizations for a motivational rally at the Georgia Farrow Recreation Center, 530 Davis Drive, for the second MLK Day of Service and Safety Rally held in Irving. At the rally, city officials will motivate attendees to serve their communities.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. students in elementary schools can take part in a Bike Safety Rodeo, where the focus will be on bicycle safety and maintenance. A limited supply of free bicycles and helmets will be given to rodeo participants courtesy of HOPE Worldwide and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its core programs – Senior Corps, AmericCorps and the Social Initiative Fund.
6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 | Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance
Entertainment and enlightenment will collide at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Through a mixture of music, dance and drama, attendees will enjoy a professional production focusing on the facts and experiences proceeding the historic March on Washington.
This year’s production will feature a life-sized hologram of Dr. King, which promises to present the slain civil rights leader in a new light. Special guests include Bear Creek Baptist Church Choir, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, and Marquinn Middleton and the Miracle Chorale.
Noon Monday, Jan. 18 | NAACP Spaghetti Luncheon
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by attending a spaghetti luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Georgia Farrow Recreation Center, 530 Davis Drive. In addition to lunch, attendees will hear from special guest speakers. This event is sponsored by the Irving-Carrollton chapter of the NAACP. Admission is free.