Events, city closures to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Georgetown on Jan. 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in Georgetown with a handful of events and some city office and service closures. (Courtesy Pexels)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in Georgetown with a handful of events and some city office and service closures. (Courtesy Pexels)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in Georgetown with a handful of events and some city office and service closures. (Courtesy Pexels)

There will be a variety of events in Georgetown on or around the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in addition to some closures for the holiday Jan. 17, according to a release from the city of Georgetown.

Prayer breakfast

The Georgetown Ministerial Alliance along with the Georgetown Police Department will host the MLK Leaders Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m Jan. 17 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road, Georgetown. A light breakfast will be provided, and those interested can RSVP at https://facebook.com/events/945746703042910.

United Way Day of Service

United Way for Greater Austin is hosting a Day of Service on Jan. 17. The socially distanced activities will offer opportunities for individuals, families and groups. For more information, visit https://unitedwayaustin.org/honor-dr-mlk-jr-s-life-and-legacy-with-us/


Virtual Celebration

A virtual celebration will be hosted by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches at noon on Jan. 17. E.A. Benson, senior pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Georgetown, will be the main speaker for the event, themed “Dreaming While Woke.” Register to attend at bit.ly/GFOC-MLK2022.

Youth Service Day

Local group The Georgetown Project will host a Youth Service Day on Jan. 17 for high school students at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown. Students will be given certificates for three hours of service upon completion, and participants will receive a free pizza lunch at the community center. For more information, call The Georgetown Project at 512-943-0074 or visit www.georgetownproject.org.

Southwestern University symposium

Southwestern University will host its annual Race and Ethnicity Studies symposium on Jan. 20 from 4-6 p.m. The symposium, titled “Without Borders or Boundaries: A Panel on How U.S. Immigration Enforcement Racializes, Criminalizes and Punishes Migrants,” will be held in the McCombs Campus Center Ballrooms, 1010 McKenzie Drive, Georgetown. The panel will include Luis Romero, assistant professor of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University, and Esther Ramos, a graduate student at Teresa Long Lozano Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, visit https://southwestern.edu/live/events/16620.

City closures

Georgetown city closures Jan. 17 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday include but are not limited to:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive

  • Art Center, 816 S. Main St.

  • City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.

  • Council and Courts Building, 510 W. Ninth St.

  • Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.

  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.

  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive


For a full list of city closures, visit http://georgetown.org/2022/01/10/mlk-day-closings-jan-17/.
By Eddie Harbour

Editor, Cedar Park/Georgetown/Leander

Eddie joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2021 and has been a reporter and editor over the past two decades including lengthy stays at the Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.) and Santa Barbara News-Press. He relocated to the Austin area in 2014 from his native California.