Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 events and closures

Below is a list of events in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as information regarding City of Oxnard closures on Jan. 16, 2017, for the holiday.

Through Jan. 19: Book Displays Highlighting Dr. King’s Legacy, Downtown Oxnard Main Library, 251 S. A St.

Jan. 12: Screening of “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Historical Perspective”

1-2 p.m. at the Downtown Oxnard Main Library, 251 S. A St., Meeting Room B. This award-winning documentary takes a look at Reverend King’s ideas, actions and influence on the fight to end racial segregation. Highlights include rare archival footage, photographs and interviews with King associates.

Jan. 12: Open Reading, Arts and Crafts for Teens

3-4 p.m. at the South Oxnard Branch Library, 4300 Saviers Rd. Join us for activities commemorating the ideals taught by Martin Luther King Jr., including an open reading of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and arts and crafts.

Jan. 14: Meet Up, Clean Up

The City of Oxnard is launching its new Meet Up, Clean Up program on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Community members are invited to participate in the event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Community Center Park East to plant a community garden, pick up trash, trim shrubs and lay mulch. Participants should meet at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, at 8 a.m. for registration. Call (805) 572-5907 to RSVP.

The aim of Meet Up, Clean Up is for the City of Oxnard to collaborate with residents, businesses and other community groups to renovate and revitalize city parks and neighborhoods. The program also increases community awareness of challenges related to resources and maintenance as well as creates a sense of pride and community ownership of city spaces.

The Jan. 14, 2017, event is the first in a series of Meet Up, Clean Up events that will take place throughout the City. The Meet Up, Clean Up program is spearheaded by the City’s Cultural and Community Services Department. The City will announce upcoming event dates in the near future.

Jan. 15: Community Cleanup

The City of Oxnard is partnering with World Mission Society Church of God for a cleanup from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, on Rose Avenue between Fifth Street and Emerson Road. Community members are invited to attend the event. Please RSVP by calling Emmanuel Luppi at (818) 625-6793.

Jan. 16: March, Celebration

The MLK Committee of Ventura County will hold the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The day will begin with a freedom march from Plaza Park at Fifth and C streets. Community members, spiritual leaders and City and other elected officials will assemble at the park for prayer at 8 a.m. The march will begin at 8:15 a.m. and then proceed to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (PACC), 800 Hobson Way.

The program at the PACC will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature youth speakers, scripture readings and gospel music selections by the MLK Youth Celebration Choir. Admission is $7. Visit www.oxnard.org/mlkjrday for more details.

City of Oxnard holiday closures and reminders

Residents and businesses are reminded that City Hall and many City departments will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Police and Fire department personnel will be on duty to provide patrol, fire, paramedic and other emergency services for the holiday. For life-threatening emergencies, always call 9-1-1. “If You See Something, Say Something” by calling the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7740 for non-emergencies. Residents are reminded that Spanish translators are available, and callers can report a crime or suspicious activity anonymously.

The Oxnard City Council will not meet on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

The Environmental Resources Division of the Public Works Department will suspend residential trash pickup on Monday, Jan. 16. Because of this, the residential trash collection schedule will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. The Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station/Materials Recovery Facility, 111 S. Del Norte Blvd., will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16. The customer call center for the Public Works Department will also be closed Jan. 16 for the holiday, but utility customers can pay their bills online at www.oxnard.org/online-payments or by phone at (805) 385-7816. Residents and businesses who need to report water-related emergencies should call (805) 385-8136. For wastewater- and storm water-related emergencies, call (805) 797-7598.

The City’s Service Center and the Housing Department and Housing Authority will be closed Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Recreation and Library divisions of the Cultural and Community Services Department will be closed Jan. 16 for the holiday. The community centers operated by the Cultural and Community Services Department will be closed Jan. 16. No site reservations are accepted for community centers for holidays.

The box office at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (PACC) will be open Jan. 16. The Oxnard Room will open at 8 a.m. for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration presented by the MLK Committee of Ventura County. The business office will be closed on Jan. 16. For more details about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, visit www.oxnard.org/mlkjrday.

The Carnegie Art Museum is closed on Mondays as part of its regular schedule and will be closed Monday, Jan. 16.

While the public is welcome to enjoy most park space on a first-come, first-serve basis, holiday reservations are required by Wednesday, Jan. 11, for the park areas listed below. Call (805) 385-7950 for reservations.

  • College Park: fenced-in facility
  • Del Sol Park: fenced-in picnic area
  • Rio Lindo Park: two group areas
  • Oxnard Beach Park: two covered areas
  • Crescent Park: all picnic areas
  • East Park: all picnic areas
  • Vineyard Park: all picnic areas
  • Windrow Park: all picnic areas

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