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Something Inspiring

Slate of events to honor MLK More than a dozen activities including marches and speakers

will be part of a multi-day, communitywide celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month. With a theme of “Kneeling for Justice Then and Now: As You Choose,” the celebration includes these events: • The Rev. Allison M. Henderson-Brook as the keynote speaker for the Northside Ministerial Alliance’s 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson St. • Commemorative Walk at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 that will take participants by bus from Western Michigan University’s Bernhard Center and Kalamazoo College’s Red Square to MLK Park on Rose Street for a program. • Community Celebration, 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at the State Theatre (following the Commemorative Walk), hosted by Bronson Healthcare and Ascension Borgess. For the full slate of MLK Day activities, visit wmich.edu/mlk/ events. Rev. Allison M. Henderson-Brook

Something Icy

Synchronized skating teams at Wings More than 150 teams of ice skaters will swirl, twirl and skate around

Wings Event Center Jan. 31–Feb. 3 during the 2019 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships, hosted by the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association. More than 2,000 athletes from across the Midwest and the Pacific Coast will compete for a spot at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Plymouth, Michigan, in late February. One-day ticket prices are $25-$30. For more information, read our interview with event organizer Kristen Crandle on Page 46 and visit midwesternsynchrosectionals.com.

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