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26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration

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The public is invited to this celebration dinner on Monday, January 20, hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS) and Wells Fargo Bank of Nevada. The dinner's theme is "Advancing the Dream." The guest speaker will be Joe Madison, nationally syndicated radio talk show host.

The dinner will be inside the Rose Ballroom at John Ascuaga's Nugget. There will be a reception starting at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The $55 tickets and more information are available by calling NNBCAS at (775) 329-8990 or go to www.NNBCAS.org

Tickets are also available at these locations:
*Northern Nevada International Center, 821 North Center St., Reno. (775) 784-7515.
*EnSoul HAIR GALLERY, 855 E. 4th St. Suite F, Reno. (775) 337-1181.

Congress designated the "Martin Luther King Jr." federal holiday as "National Day of Service" back in 1994.

Reno City Hall and City Administrative Offices, as well as Reno Municipal Court, will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior's birthday.

The Rink on the River will be open during the holiday season weather permitting. You can find out more about rink hours and rates for skating and rental equipment on the City of Reno website, www.Reno.gov.

Even with City offices closed, residents can still visit www.Reno.gov and access the "Online Services" menu to pay parking tickets, sewer bills, court fees, register for classes, file a police report, or enter a service request for Reno Direct.

Most Washoe County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The following will be closed on those days:
*Administrative offices at the Washoe County Complex on Ninth Street in Reno
*Washoe County Senior Services facilities
*All Washoe County libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 20. The following libraries will also be closed Tuesday, Jan. 21: Duncan/Traner, Incline Village, North Valleys, Northwest Reno, Senior Center, Sierra View, South Valleys and Sparks. Please go to www.washoecountylibrary.us to place a hold, renew a checkout, download eBooks, research databases and more.
*The Washoe County District Court and all Justice Courts
*The Washoe County District Attorney's Office

The following will be open:
*The Washoe County Sheriff's Office reception/front desk
*The office of the County Clerk at the Washoe County Complex on Ninth Street and Wells Avenue in Reno will remain open throughout the holiday from 8 a.m. to midnight for the issuance of marriage licenses, fictitious firm name and notary bond filings, as well as to accept property tax payments for the Treasurer's Office.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

"Today we honor the legacy of a great American who, in a short lifetime, set in motion a chain of events that reshaped our nation for generations to come and brought us closer to the ideal that all are created equal. That legacy is evident today from the Las Vegas Strip, to the streets of Selma, Alabama.

"Dr. King firmly believed we could realize the promise enshrined in our founding documents: no matter the color of our skin; no matter our culture, national origin, or who we love; we are all the same under the law and deserve the same set of opportunities. As we continue many of Dr. King's struggles today, such as the fight to reduce poverty, we should pause to remember the sacrifices he made for this nation. We should remember today that each one of us has a responsibility to honor his legacy and bring America closer to the ideal of equality and a more perfect union."

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

"Today, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a larger-than-life individual who sacrificed everything to help crack the mold of institutional discrimination in our country. Dr. King would be proud of the progress our nation has made, but he would also challenge us to continue the fight against inequality and prejudice.

"We now, and always will, face new obstacles to justice. Our country must confront a Supreme Court decision that struck vital provisions of the Voting Rights Act. We must lend a hand to struggling families fighting to escape from poverty, put food on the table, and a roof over their heads.

"There is much work left to do, and while our country reflects on the steps taken to make the American Dream a reality for all, we must continue marching forward. Equality of opportunity cannot exist without tireless and diligent stewards who fight to protect it every day."

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