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The Tigard Library will be the site of a Monday event designed to bring residents out to get to know each other.

COURTESY CITY OF TIGARD - The Tigard Public Library will be the site of the 'Together at the Table' program to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. The event, open to everyone, is set from 1 to 7 p.m.In recognition of Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, several Tigard and Tualatin organizations have announced special programs and activities to pay tribute to the work of the fallen Civil Rights leader through volunteering in the community or hosting commemorative events.

Topping the list is Tigard Public Library's "Together at the Table" program, set for Monday between 1 and 7 p.m.

"We're pretty excited about it," said Paula Walker, communications coordinator for the Tigard Public Library. "The purpose is to build relationships, to build the community."

People are welcome to drop in the listed times for a program that's not necessarily designed to solve all the world's problems but as a way to simply gather together and get to know each other, she said.

The first time for such an event, Walker said the informal program will include the question: "What does the library mean to you?" followed by asking participants what their individual hopes and dreams are.

"We're hoping for a good turnout," said Walker.

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Meanwhile, Tigard teens will be shelving books and other items on Saturday. On both Sunday and Monday, volunteers will be shelving books and sorting bins to prepare items for shelving, said Walker. Also on Sunday, volunteers will be working with Youth Services to put together items for the library's Valentine's Day program.

A local long-time legislator will make an appearance during the service-day events as well.

A local long-time legislator will make an appearance during the service-day events as well.

"Rep. Margaret Doherty, a longtime library volunteer, will attend on Sunday and Monday afternoon to speak with the volunteers about the significance of serving the community and to reflect on the weekend of service," said Walker.

At the same time, the 2018 United Way MLK Weekend of Service is highlighting a variety of local events including the Chelsea's Closet Costume Sort in Tigard set for Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is for those age 18 and older.

Chelsea Hicks was 3 years old in 2007 when she was diagnosed with Stage IV Wilms' tumor cancer. During her hospital treatment, the young girl remained energetic and kept a beloved stuffed monkey as her constant companion.

"Chelsea loved to dress up, have tea parties and parades while on the oncology floor," according to the Chelsea Hick's Foundation website.

After losing a courageous battle to cancer at age 5, Chelsea's Closet, a rolling dress-up closet that provides monthly dress-up parties for seriously ill children in children's hospitals, was established.

Only six of 20 volunteer spots were available for the costume cleanup as of Monday. Visit https://www.handsonportland.org/opportunity/a0C1H00000znhXd to sign up.

At the same time, Tigard's neighbor to the south will host two events as well, which have the needed volunteers but are taking names on waiting lists.

One is Saturday's Kids! Spruce Up Tualatin Library where students age 6 and older will prepare projects, clean books, check shelving for the correct book order and other activities.

While the event has reached the needed 25-volunteers limit, you can sign up on a waiting list at https://www.handsonportland.org/opportunity/a0C1H00000znhnJ.

Then on Monday, volunteers will participate in the Put Down Roots in Tualatin project along with the city of Tualatin and Friend of Trees along Hedges Creek in Ibach Park to plant and mulch native trees and shrubs. A stand-by list can be found at https://www.handsonportland.org/opportunity/a0C1H00000znhn9.

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