Time to celebrate

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By Kirsten Laskey

There is a lot to celebrate  this month. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19, is an opportunity to recognize one man’s profound achievements while Inauguration Day, which is Jan. 20, represents a monumental success that is shared by President-elect Obama and an entire nation.

What better way to celebrate these two events than with a community party?

A public party will be held from 5-10 p.m. Jan. 19 at Central Avenue Grill. The band, Jet Black will provide live music and appetizers will be served, along with alcohol beverages, if participants provide an I.D.

There will be a cover charge of $5. Children who are 10 years old or younger will be admitted for free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Organizers emphasize the party has nothing to do with politics and has everything  to do with celebrating.

“We want to celebrate and it’s open to everybody and we want to get the word out about it,” said Kyle Wheeler, one of the organizers.

“It’s for anybody, everybody,” Jody Benson, another organizer, added.

Wheeler explained they chose Martin Luther King Jr. Day to host the party because it seems fitting to celebrate the election of America’s first African-American president on the day that acknowledges a man who achieved so much for civil rights for all races.

A third organizer, Bill Phillips,  said, “I think it’s about change. (To) get people to understand and accept the change that’s going on.”

He described this inauguration as a very deep, psychological and positive event.

“This is a cool thing,” Phillips said, “and people should be excited about this … and they should stand up and help.”

He added the upcoming community event is more than just a party, it’s an opportunity for people to get active in national politics. “(To) do our little bit in our day-to-day actions,” Phillips said.

So, there is no need to fly all the way out to Washington, D.C., to be a part of this landmark event, just head down the street to the community party, he said.