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Kid-friendly events this weekend, Jan. 18-21

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day making it a long weekend for families, there are plenty of ways to have fun as a family while honoring King’s memory.

Former NFL player, equality advocate and educator Wade Davis will speak Friday during a Community Breakfast celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The breakfast begins at 8 a.m., with the program following at 8:30 a.m. in the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center on the Furman University campus. For table or ticket information for the Community Breakfast, email, or RSVP by calling 864-294-3464. Or contact Chandra Dillard at and 864-294-2503.

Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. The 6 p.m. feature will be “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” and the 7:30 show will be “Exploding Universe.” A separate ticket is required for each show. The Daniel Observatory will be open from 7-9:15 p.m., weather permitting, for viewing with the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain. org.

The African American Leadership Society of United Way of Anderson County will host its 12th Annual MLK Day of Service on Saturday. Donations of new socks and blankets are needed. The blankets and socks, along with hot soup, will be given out to anyone who needs the items at The Salvation Army, at 112 Tolly St. from 10 a.m.-noon. Call Lynn Dingle at (864) 226-3438.

The 41st annual Greenville News Run Downtown 5K and kids’ fun run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday on Main Street in downtown Greenville. For details and registration, visit

“Peter and the Wolf,” a free Lollipops Concert presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Taylors Branch Library and at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Visit

Squirrel Appreciation Day is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. Learn about their role in our environment and why we admire these woodland creatures. Games, crafts and special treats for the squirrels will be on hand for the day. For details, visit

It’s S’mores Saturday at Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery in Greenville. Weather permitting, stop by for roasting s’mores over a fire pit between 5-8:30 p.m. For details, visit http://swamp

Rainbow PUSH Greenville's PUSHTECH2020 Steamstart for grades K4-8 will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the West End Community Center. Admission is free. Lunch will be provided.

Unity Sports Soccer Club, in partnership with Israel Metropolitan CME Church, will host civil rights pioneer and retired CME minister, the Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Douglas, as the keynote speaker for its 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. This event is set for 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sterling Community Center in Greenville. Douglas will speak on "Our Challenge to Keep the MLK Dream Alive.” The event is free with tickets on www. The day will conclude at the Joan and Ray Kroc Community Center with soccer matches between teams (ages 8 – 14) from diverse backgrounds. The games, with free registration, begin at 10 a.m. Contact is Hiram Springle at 864-484-1009 or