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Most offices closed in observance of MLK Day

Monday, January 21, 2008 by Austin Monitor

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and most federal, local, county and state offices will be closed . The are a number of events honoring the civil rights leader, include a march and celebration between 9am and to 3pm today. The march begins at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the East Mall of the University of Texas campus and goes to the south steps of the Capitol, where a program will start at 10am. The march continues to Huston-Tillotson University for a festival. For information, go to 


Other events include:


  • A Day of Wellness for the Homeless from 10am to 2 pm today. Several organizations will celebrate King’s legacy by providing clothing vouchers, haircuts and other resources for the homeless. The event takes place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 203 E. 10th St. For information, go to
  • MLK poetry is set from 6 to 9 pm tonight. An open mike poetry night celebrating King’s memory will be held at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. Readers: $1, audience: $2. For information, call 478-5282 or go to
  • Blood of the Martyrs Blood Drive from 10am to 2pm today. Sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Austin’s Office of Black Catholics, a Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas van will take blood donations at Chalmers Avenue between Eighth and 11th streets. Donors must be at least 17 years old and have a photo ID and Social Security number. Call 388-1320 or e-mail to reserve an appointment time.


The Board of Directors of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative is scheduled to meet at 2pm at the PEC Training Center at 1506 North U.S. Highway 281 in Johnson City.


The density bonus task force of the City of Austin Design Commission plans to meet at 1pm at 2007 Kinney Avenue.

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