Local communities keep the dream alive

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve,” said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That theme highlights tributes this month in honor of his day Monday.

DREAMERS GATHERING: The I Have a Dream Foundation, L.A., will hold its gospel brunch fundraiser Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at the House of Blues.

The foundation “adopts” a class of kids in a low-income area and mentors them from first through 12th grades, with a boost into college. It has helped nearly 1,000 L.A. kids, almost doubling the average high school graduation rate in their areas.

Magic Johnson and George Lucas will present awards to Samuel L. Jackson and Anschutz Entertainment Group president Tim Leiweke at the brunch. Tickets are $250, with tables going for up to $25,000.

The group’s eighth graders will help serve food in Pasadena Monday as part of new National Dreamer Service Day activities in 25 cities. Contact: Ihadla.org.

GOSPEL CHOIR SINGING: Visitors are welcome at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church on 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., the city’s oldest African-American church. Founded in 1872, it counts 17,000 members, six choirs and multiple outreach programs. Services are Sundays at 8, 10 and noon. Theme from the Rev. Dr. John J. Hunter is “Let each one reach one.” More info: Famechurch.org.

GARDEN GROWING: The L.A. Conservation Corps will celebrate Dr. King as 300 volunteers create the largest garden in Watts. The corps is a nonprofit group that serves 3,500 kids each year through environmental projects, 20 after-school programs, mentoring, paid jobs at projects like a Redondo Beach sea lab and classes at charter schools in Watts, South Central and Central Los Angeles. Contact Lacorps.org for info.

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