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Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 11:02 am | Updated: 1:33 am, Mon Jan 24, 2011.

East Valley communities will honor Martin Luther King Jr. in a number of events this weekend, leading into Monday’s holiday.

The Mesa MLK committee will hold a dinner Saturday night after years of holding a breakfast. The dinner will be 6 p.m. at the East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W. Main St. Col. Richard Toliver, author of “An Uncaged Eagle,” will speak. Tickets are still available.

Leading up to the holiday, children from around the East Valley were honored for their posters and essays in Arizona State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. contest. The student work is on display at the Tempe campus and ASU Polytechnic through the end of the month.

Gilbert students were also honored in an art contest sponsored by the Gilbert Human Relations, Culture and Arts Promotion Commission.

Schools are closed Monday, as well as many municipal and state offices.

See the accompanying list for events taking place:

Candlelight ceremony

7 p.m., Friday

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 931 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa

Information: www.mesamlk.org

Chandler Multicultural Festival

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Chandler Main Public Library Courtyard, 22 South Delaware St.

Information: (480) 782-2735

Martin Luther King Jr. dinner banquet

6 p.m. Saturday

East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa

Tickets required

Information: www.mesamlk.org

Tempe MLK Diversity Awards Brunch

9:30 a.m. Monday

The Buttes Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way

Tickets required

Information: (480) 350-8979

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

11 a.m. Monday

Downtown Mesa

Information: www.mesamlk.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Festival Celebration

Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.

Noon to 5 p.m. Monday

Information: www.mesamlk.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Student Rally

11:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday

ASU Memorial Union

301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe

Information: (480) 965-6601

CONTACT WRITER: (480) 898-6549 or mreese@evtrib.com

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