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Plans underway for peace-filled celebrations

Community welcome at Martin Luther King Jr., choral events
By: Jenifer Gee, Journal staff writer
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The sounds of peace will resonate through the streets of Auburn next Saturday. One community annual event will continue its tradition of promoting non-violence while another group hopes to build on that message with their first event. This year the theme for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration is “One More Step –– From Lincoln to Obama.” Larry Smith, event coordinator, said the theme was chosen because the election of President Obama was an “important” step in history. “We’re looking at Obama as one more step,” Smith said. “You never really get there though. There is always prejudice and fears of people.” The community-wide event features the New Home Baptist Choir of Sacramento, which will perform “Up on the Mountain: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” The choir, as well as a performance by the New Home Baptist Prairie Dancers, are said to be an annual highlight of the show. The event will include a children’s skit, reading and special birthday cake. He said all community members are welcome to the nonsecular event that’s sure to rouse their spirits. “Gospel music is very infectious and exciting,” Smith said. “To hear it on the radio is one thing but to be in a kind of enclosed space with a lively gospel choir is a very lively, engaging experience.” In honor of the season of nonviolence, the Foothill Center for Spiritual Living will host its first Be the Sound of Peace choral workshop and concert. The daylong workshop will be followed by a public concert in the evening. “We really do hope to become an annual event,” said Susan Carlson, music director Foothill Center for Spiritual Living. “I hope it will grow and perhaps it might need a larger venue than our little church.” The event will benefit Peace for Families, an organization that helps Placer County individuals and families who experience sexual assault and/or family violence. “It’s an education about the season for nonviolence, it’s singing with soul and it will help the women and children of Peace for Families,” Carlson said. Janis Kelly, who is “very, very upbeat,” will direct the concert, Carlson said. The concert will also feature the sounds of African drummers from Nevada City, a Native American flute player, gospel music, pop music and more. “The audience is also going to participate,” Carlson said. “They are the sound of peace as well.” The Be the Sound of Peace choral workshop is from 12:30 to 5 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, located on 2945 First St., Auburn. Cost is $20 for the workshop, $12 for the concert. No prior experience needed. For more information, call Carlson at (530) 885-6487 or e-mail carnel@castles.com. The 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists building, located at 190 Finley St. in Auburn. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@ goldcountrymedia.com. __________ Celebrate Dr. King What: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration When: Starts at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 Where: Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists building, 190 Finley St., Auburn Call: (530) 823-0215 Seasons of Peace What: Be the Sound of Peace choral workshop and concert When: 12:30 to 5 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. concert Jan. 31 Where: Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, 2945 First St., Auburn Cost: $20 workshop, $12 concert Information: Contact Susan Carlson at (530) 885-6487 or e-mail carnel@castles.com