OAKLAND -- Celebrations commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begin this week, and continue through Jan. 21. Here is a listing of upcoming events in Oakland:

Jan. 15

The public is invited to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with BART employees, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker is Dr. Terence Candell, and the program will feature music and spoken word performances by young people and BART youth as well as BART employees. Kaiser Center Building, 300 Lakeside Drive, Second Floor Auditorium. Free admission. For more information call 510 464-7110.

Jan. 17

Third Thursdays: Speeches of a Dream. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through art, music and poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St. Advance registration required; activity code 94513.301. Free admission. For more information call 510 238-7526 or visit www.oaklandnet.com/parks, malongacasquelourdcenter@gmail.com.

Jan. 19


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In the Name of Love, 11th Annual Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King, 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway. Featuring Jennifer Holliday, Tuck & Patti, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Oakland Children's Community Choir, and Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Adults $15-$45, 12 and below $8 plus facility fee. For more information call 510-287-8880 or visit www.paramounttheatre.com.

Jan. 20

Celebrate MLK Day at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., from noon to 3 p.m. Winners of the Oakland Unified School District's Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Festival will present their award-winning poetry. All ages are welcome. No reservations required. Admission Fee required. For more information call 510-318-8400 or visit www.museumca.org/calendar/omca-family-celebrate-mlk-day.

Jan 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Oakport Athletic Field, 5737 Oakport St. Volunteers will help restore the shoreline along Damon Marsh Trail with the removal of invasive species, and the planting of native plants. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to remove debris from the shoreline at this East Bay Regional Park District park. Please register in advance. Free admission. For more information visit www.ebparks.org/activities/events/Martin_Luther_King_Day_of_Service_2013_s_p1226?EventMode=View&;EventOccurrence=0.

Jan. 21

10th Annual Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Celebrate the life of Dr. King while working together to bring a positive change to the lives of the underprivileged as part of the annual Martin Luther King Day Communities of Peace Program. His legacy is found not only in civil rights, but also in civic responsibility and uniting people of all backgrounds to act on community concerns. Service locations include The Gardens at Lake, 666 Bellevue Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Madison Middle School/Sobrante Elementary School, 400 Capistrano Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Fruitvale Community School/Lazear Elementary School, 824 29th Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Annual MLK Day of Service Tree Planting, 27th and Market streets., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Additional sites and times to be added. Free admission. For more information visit www.mlkchallenge.org, sfpbayarea@gmail.com.

Jan. 21

Attitudinal Healing Connection presents 15th Annual MLK Jr. National Holiday Celebration, from 10 a.m. to noon at McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle St. Keynote speaker Dr. Wade Nobles, hosts Matthew Fox, Kokomon Clottery and principal Kevin Taylor. There will be an award presentation to youth leaders, performances by Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Chorus, ArtEsteem Cultural Performance Group, Martin Luther King Elementary Choir, Destiney Knuckles, Xochipilli, and many others. For more information call 510-652.5530 or visit info@ahc-oakland.org. Event is free to the community and donations are welcome.

Jan 21

Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church hosts15th annual MLK Day Celebration, from 1 to 3 p.m., with guest speaker Robert Michael Franklin, scholar-in-residence, Stanford University's Martin Luther King Jr. Institute and president emeritus of Morehouse College. 1188 12th St., a free community event. For more information call 510-444-6162, www.taylorchurch.org.