Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and several events in Pasco County will commemorate the slain civil rights leader.
A Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Lacoochee, 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will fund scholarships.
A parade will start at 9 a.m. Monday and travel through Lachoochee from Cummers Road and U.S. 301 to the Boys and Girls Club, where a commemorative program will start at 11 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs. Refreshments will be served.
For information, call Lorenzo Coffie at (352) 521-0247 or Charles Pressley at (352) 518-0435.
Elsewhere, Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, will host a guest speaker and a community children's fair in honor of King on Monday.
The guest speaker will be Peggy A. Quince, who in 1993 became the first African-American woman to be appointed to a district court of appeal and is now justice of the Supreme Court of Florida.
Quince, at noon in the Student Community Center boardrooms, will discuss the importance of King's message of working to combat poverty among American youth.
After the presentation, a children's fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on the green between the Student Activities Building and Kirk Hall. Activities will include face painting, sand art and several bounce houses. Admission is free.
For information, call (352) 588-8200.
Also, Pasco-Hernando State College will host its 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series next week.
This year's speaker will be Mark Anthony Neal, a culture critic, professor of black popular culture in African-American studies at Duke University and director of the Institute of Critical U.S. Studies.
Neal will speak on the topic of "Hip Hop, Civil Rights and Social Media" at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Room B-303 at PHSC's Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel; at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room A-240 at PHSC's East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City; at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center at PHSC's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, which concurrently will be shown as a live Web telecast in rooms B-104 and 105 on PHSC's North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, and at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room B-105 at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
For information, call toll-free 1-855-669-7472.