Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday and a community march downtown is being held downtown to commemorate the occasion. Here are a few events happening around South Austin:
Friday- Saturday, Jan. 12-13
Travis County Youth Show kicks off 2018
The Travis County Youth Show organization is hosting its annual livestock show, youth fair and auction this weekend. As a part of the program, children ages 9-18 raise animals, including steers, rabbits, hogs, lambs, goats, chickens and turkeys. The group then shows and auctions off their animals. All proceeds go straight to the exhibitor and the organization’s scholarship fund. For the youth fair, kids either paint, build woodwork, plant, bake or create works of art to be judged. Free. Some activities might require a cost.
Times vary. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin. 512-278-8498. www.traviscountyyouthshow.org
Saturday, Jan. 13
Read with Moxie
Moxie, a Great Pyrenees certified therapy dog with Divine Canine, and her handler will visit the library to read with children. The goal is to help make reading aloud relaxing and stress-free while helping children improve their reading skills, gain confidence and develop a love of books. Free.
Manchaca Road Branch Library, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-974-8700. www.library.austintexas.gov
Monday, Jan. 15
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
The MLK Community March kicks off with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. The march will then move to the south steps of the Capitol building for another short program before marchers will continue on to the Huston-Tillotson University for the festival, which will include vendors and local musical artists. Participants are also encouraged to donate canned goods, which will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Free.
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St. www.mlkcelebration.com