Service projects: To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the College of Lake County, in partnership with United Way of Lake County, is seeking up to 250 Lake County volunteers to work on several service projects Feb. 2 that help increase educational opportunities in local communities. Lake County volunteers will be joined by volunteers across the country on this national day of service, committing time and effort to advance local opportunities. Volunteers age 10 and above are invited to volunteer in CLC’s MLK Day of Service, including family groups, church and youth groups, scout groups and CLC staff and students. Registration is from 7:45 to 8 a.m. in Room C005 (C Wing Auditorium) on the CLC Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. To register, visit www.mlkatclc2013.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (847) 543-2058.
Commemoration: Congregation Solel will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day via a worship service Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., at 1301 Clavey Road. Founded as a Reform Jewish synagogue in 1958, a delegation from Congregation Solel traveled to Selma, Ala., in March 1965 to join Dr. King’s march to Montomgery. Dr. King addressed Congregation Solel on June 30, 1966. The congregation recently created a commemorative marker honoring Dr. King’s historic visit. Dozens of congregants are now working closely with college-bound students from Waukegan High School, supporting their efforts to succeed in high school and to negotiate the college admissions process. On Jan. 25, 15 students from Waukegan High School will participate in a workshop to launch this effort. Speaker will be Marian McElroy, former civil right’s lawyer, past president of Lake County NAACP and a principle in the creation of Envision Scholars. For more information, call (847) 433-3555.
Open house: University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites students and adult learners to an open house on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at 900 Wood Road. Those celebrating the holiday can get an inside look at the campus. Sign in on campus is between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tour the campus’ academic buildings, the newly remodeled Sports and Activity Center, and take a look at student housing. UW-Parkside admission representatives will be in attendance. For more information, call (262) 595-2355 or visit www.uwp.edu.
Commemoration: United auto Workers Local 72 Civil and Human Rights Committee will present the 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program titled “Building Toward The Future” Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at UAW Local 72 Headquarters, 3615 Washington Road. UAW Local 72 was the first labor union to negotiate a paid day off in memory of Dr. King in 1981. At this year’s program the keynote speaker will be U.S. Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., who will be available for signing his newest book, “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.” Tickets are available to the public at Local 72 headquarters and are $15; $5 for children 12 years of age and younger. Call ahead for ticket sales at (262) 948-3381. For more information, call (262) 945-8632.
Give Peace a Hand with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Watch “Akeelah and the Bee,” a 2006 film about a young girl from South Los Angeles who tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee by learning to believe in herself and value her intelligence, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St. The film features Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. After the film, include a pledge for peace on the “Give Peace a Hand” collage. Free popcorn will be served. All ages welcome. For more information, call (847) 623-2041.