WATERVILLE — Colby College announced the following events that are free and open to the public:

* MLK Day Community of Faith Celebration is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at Lorimer Chapel. The multifaith event will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

* Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative Address will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Page Commons, Cotter Union.

University of Maryland President, Baltimore County, Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report Expanding Under-represented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

* What’s Ahead for Maine’s Legislature will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson, Alumni Center.

A budget crisis, open-pit mining, education reform, infrastructure repairs, staggering health care costs, energy and jobs: these issues and more await the Maine Legislature in the coming term. Rep. Henry Beck ’09 (D-Waterville), Rep. Emily Cain (D-Orono), Sen. Alex Willette (R-Mapleton) and Rep. Dennis Keschl (R-Belgrade) will make up the panel, which will be moderated by Director of the Goldfarb Center and Professor of Government Dan Shea. For more information, email Alice Elliott at [email protected] or call 859-5313.

* Colby Nordic Ski Carnival, classical races are planned for Saturday, Jan. 26. The women’s 5k will begin at 10 a.m., the men’s 10k will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Skate races will take place Sunday, Jan. 27, at Quarry Road Recreation Area. The women’s 15k is set for 9:30 a.m, the men’s 20k will begin at 11 a.m.

About a dozen NCAA Division I Nordic ski teams converge on the Quarry Road Recreation Area to compete on the FIS-certified competition loop. Spectators are welcome.

For more information, email Bill Sodoma at [email protected] or call 859-4980.

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