The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 16, will be marked by the closure of Wallingford-Swarthmore schools and the Swarthmore Public Library (the Furness Library in Wallingford will be open during regular hours).
So what are you and your family doing to make the holiday meaningful? Here are a few local options for service, play, learning and joy on your MLK Monday:
Children’s Choruses Perform Joint
Concert The Chester Children’s Chorus and St. David’s Episcopal Church Youth Choir will cap the MLK holiday on Monday, January 16, with a free joint concert at 7 p.m. in St. David’s Chapel, located at 763 South Valley Forge Road, Wayne.
Classical, sacred, and popular selections of music will be performed. Special guest and founder of The Hooters, Eric Bazilian, will perform his hit “One of Us” with the choirs. For more information on both choruses visit chesterchildrenschorus.org and stdavidschurch.org.
Celebrating Fellowship and Dr. King this Sunday
On Sunday, January 15, the Media Fellowship House, the Media Area NAACP, and Media area houses of worship invite the public to the 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration on Sunday, January 15, at 2:45 p.m.
Join with your community to remember Dr. King and the men and women who struggled right along with him.
The event will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Media, State and Lemon Streets. Patrick Houston, a senior at Swarthmore College who introduced President Obama at a September rally in Philadelphia, will be the featured speaker. There will be a special reception following the celebration.
16th Annual ‘Hoops From the Heart’ Event
Four basketball clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, to raise money and food donations for the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.
The clinics at Cabrini College, Haverford College, Neumann University, and Widener University, are open to boys and girls in grades 1 through 8, and cover all aspects of the game.
The cost ranges from $20-$30 (including a T-shirt), and each athlete is asked to donate a nonperishable food item to the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County.
For more information, contact Debbie Brodeur at CAADC at (484) 802-7708. To register, online forms are available at each school’s website.
Cradles to Crayons’ Collection Drive
Join Cradles to Crayons at the Swarthmore Community Center in its largest product collection of the year as a part of Greater Philadelphia’s MLK Day of Service, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The community center event is for collection of clothing, underwear and outerwear, school supplies, shoes, baby gear, and just about anything new or gently used for children up to age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations.
The Swarthmore Community Center is at 715 Harvard Avenue. For more information, e-mail Margot O’Riordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.