Holiday closures:

- All federal, state and county offices in the Portland Metro area will be closed, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

- U.S. Postal Offices will be closed and there will be no regular mail delivery service.

- Parking meters are free in Portland and Vancouver

The following events are taking place in the Portland Metro area Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King Day:

MORNING RALLY AT CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY (2811 NE Holman Street, Portland): 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., including Mayor Sam Adams, Pastor Mark Strong, and the King Elementary School Choir

SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., organized by Hands on Greater Portland

Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St [map it] When: Jan 18th, 2010 - 11am - 6:30pm Tickets: $5 or four nonperishable food items

Portland Public Schools will sing and dance at a daylong community tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. The 25th annual Keep Alive the Dream begins at 11 a.m. at Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St. (map); admission is $5 or four nonperishable food items. Superintendent Carole Smith will be among the speakers. Singing at the event will be students from Buckman Elementary School, Humboldt PK-8 School, Irvington K-8 School, King PK-8

Portland/Metro East Habitat for Humanity and volunteers will dedicate four newly completed homes and pass the keys to the new homeowners at a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Jubilee Commons , a Habitat condominium development Southeast 197th Avenue between Burnside and Stark streets in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The ceremony will mark completion of 14 homes in the development that will eventually include 23 homes built in a U-shape around a community center.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. BEAVERTON, Ore. (Jan. 6, 2010) - In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, Oregon Food Bank invites you to get your first glimpse of the future home of Oregon Food Bank West, at an open house, Monday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1870 N.W. 173rd Ave., Beaverton, (corner of N.W. 173rd and Cornell Road). The free open house features tours, art projects for children and refreshments. For more information, call 503-972-2997.

For the sixth year in a row, hundreds of Kaiser Permanente employees will use part of their workday to give back to the community on Monday, January 18, the day the nation celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More than 600 employees will be paid to volunteer at one of 18 sites, from Longview-Kelso to Salem. Many of the efforts center around free medical, dental and vision care to uninsured patients, which is part of Kaiser Permanentes commitment to diversity and culturally competent care. Volunteers will arrive at 8:00 a.m. at Outside In, a service organization for homeless youth. In addition to painting the building, 50 uninsured young people will receive free eye exams and, if needed, glasses. Over 100 volunteers will grab paint brushes and garden tools to help beautify Richmond Elementary School, 2276 S.E. 41st St. in Portland, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY'S MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATION ON MONDAY, JAN. 18: Pacific University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 with a community march from Rogers Park (18th & Elm Street) to Marsh Hall on the Forest Grove campus (2043 College Way). The public is invited to march with Pacific students, faculty and staff, and then proceed to the Fireside Lounge inside the University Center for a program honoring Rev. King's legacy that commences at 12 noon. The theme of this year's event is Where do we go from here...? and will include welcoming remarks from University president Lesley Hallick. Steve Hanamura, president of Hanamura Consulting, will give the keynote address.

TriMet's Ticket Office in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Customer Service office at 503-238-RIDE (7433) will be closed on the holiday. MAX will run on regular weekday schedules on MLK Day. TriMet operates special schedules January 18 TriMet will modify its schedule for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, January 18, to match ridership demand. TriMet carries more riders on the MLK holiday than any other holiday, so the agency is providing more service than a typical holiday/Sunday schedule.

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