Area events scheduled to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted Jan. 15, 2010, at 9:22 p.m.

Events are planned in Greater Bangor in memory of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They include:

— The Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine will hold the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Wells Conference Center at UMaine, Orono. Doors open at 8 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Phil Ertha, a nationally known preacher, soloist and writer with Bangor roots, will be keynote speaker. There also will be performances by the Destiny Worship Praise Team and the UMaine group Renaissance. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens age 65 and older; $10 for high school and college students with identification; $10 for children age 12 and younger. Purchase tickets early by calling 581-1428.

— Students in grades three through five and their families are invited to center court of the Bangor Mall from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, for a Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. University of Maine Black Bear student athletes will lead the children through four stations, culminating in the painting of a mural. The completed mural will be displayed at area schools. The four stations are: a discussion on diversity; storytelling including interactive narratives about the Native American community; making a sculpture, which the children may take with them; and team-building games that teach children to work together regardless of differences. Stu-dents must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 581-1828.

— The third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. James Varner will be master of ceremonies. Participating clergy will include the Rev. Becky Gunn, minister of the Park Street church; the Rev. Joan DeSanctis of Old Town United Methodist Church; JoAnn Hall of the University of Maine’s Newman Center; and Molly Duplissie Palmer, clerk of Orono Friends Quaker Meeting.

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