Today’s featured event:
The public is invited to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today with a lecture, free concert and extended skating hours at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.
The festivities begin with at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation titled “The Peanut Man” in the Terrace Room in the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Langston Professor Jim Showalter will speak on George Washington Carver, whose birthday is also in January, and what he did to better the lives of all Americans. Participants will plant a peanut to take home with them. Cost for this activity is $2 per nonmember, and free for members.
At 1 p.m., a free concert in King’s honor will feature the gorgeous voices of the combined gospel choirs of Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma, who will fill the Gardens Restaurant with song.
The concert is free to the public and does not require reservations.
The Devon Ice Rink also will extend its hours today and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate skaters who have the day off from school or work.
Parking is free at meters due to the holiday. In addition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Oklahoma City starts at 2 p.m. today at NW 7 and Broadway Avenue and the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive near Deep Deuce. Download the parade route here.
For more information, go to www.myriadgardens.org.
For more events, go to www.wimgo.com.