Guide to local MLK events on Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Many events were scheduled in the Portland metro area for Monday, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

A breakfast at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland will feature trial lawyer, author and lifelong activist Charles Bonner as the keynote speaker. 

The Greater Portland United Way has several events planned throughout the area.  You can check the website for all the specific locations and times.

You and your entire family can share a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by caring for public green spaces with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.  Volunteers will be removing invasive species and planting native plants to help restore Johnson Creek in two different public parks.

SOLVE will be leading a cleanup effort along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade. Volunteers will remove litter and help keep harmful plastic and other materials out of the Willamette River.

Portland's Essex Park will get a thorough cleaning on Monday, as part of an MLK Day event organized by the Wild Lilac Child Development Community.

Another great family event will be held at Ilbach Park in Tualatin, where people ages 5 and up can help plant trees in the Tualatin River watershed. Gloves, tools, snacks and guidance will be provided.  The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at 10455 SW Ilbach Street.

Officials with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland organized an MLK Day donation event for the Goose Hollow Family Shelter.  People can bring donations of pajamas, diapers and wipes to benefit the shelter, or make blankets for Project Linus and work on a tzedakah (charity) box.

Kaiser Permanente optometry providers, in coordination with our safety net clinic partners, will provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to safety net patients at six Kaiser Permanente Vision Essentials clinics, in honor of MLK Day. Locations include Beaverton, Longview, Portland, Salem and Vancouver. 

Organizers at the  Linnton Community Center are asking people to participate in an MLK Day of Service with an interactive service-learning approach to hunger issues.  A donation of $10 is encouraged to help Linnton Food Pantry build a teaching kitchen. Location: 10614 NW St. Helens Rd. in Linnton.

If you have sewing skills, you can volunteer to help make comfort blankets for sick children.  The Beaverton chapter of Binky Patrol organized an MLK Day event at Village Baptist Church on Murray Road in Beaverton that will last all day.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine, thread, extension cord and scissors.

Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente will join with members of the Fort Vancouver Lions Club to provide general maintenance, upgrades, and repairs to both the school building and adjacent student housing at The School of Piano Technology in Vancouver, in a special MLK event. 

Willamette University in Salem is having a two-week-long event to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with speeches, talks, and films about civil rights that began on Friday.  

Do you have an event or volunteer opportunity to add to our list? Email them to newsdesk@kgw.com

TriMet officials said some bus lines will run on Saturday schedules and service will be canceled on some lines in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many bus lines, MAX, WES and Portland Streetcar will run on regular weekday schedules.  More people use public transportation in the Portland area during Martin Luther King Jr. Day, than any other holiday, according to TriMet.

Still trying to make plans for Monday? Check our online event guide.

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