PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. -- -- Still haven't made plans for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? It's not too late. A host of events are going on throughout the County. Feel free to add any we've missed.
To honor the occasion, many Passaic County venues are gearing up to celebrate, offering everything from lectures to worship services and volunteer opportunities. A sampling is listed below. Feel free to add additional events to our events calendar.
Friday, Jan. l5
Wayne: Rabbi Israel Dresner, who personally knew Dr. King, and was just steps away from him during his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, will speak about his experience with the iconic Civil Rights leader at Temple Beth Tikvah at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate King: 950 Preakness Ave., (973) 595-6565, www.templebethtikvahnj.org/ .
Monday, Jan. 18
Wayne: As part of the National Day of Service honoring Dr. King Jersey Cares hosts "Be a Winner in Wayne" at Care One from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to make no sew fleece blankets and lead a Bingo game with residents. Celebrate King: Details on website HERE .
Paterson: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community/Ecumenically Concerned Helping Others aka CUMAC/ECHO needs volunteers to sort food donations. Celebrate King: Details and sign-up HERE.
Bloomfield: Although out of county, Bloomfield's 14th annual MLK Holiday Observance Program, hosted by the New Light Baptist Church (NLBC) at 4 p.m., is expected to draw a large audience from Bergen and Passaic. This year’s theme, “What Are You Doing for Others?”, borrows from Dr. King’s 1957 “Conquering Self-Centeredness” speech given at Dexter Avenue Church in Montgomery, Alabama. There will be music and oral presentations and a keynote speech by the Rev. Michael Jordan of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in East Orange. Attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to Bloomfield’s food drive. Celebrate King: (973) 338-5888.