Unless you got your tickets for the County's Martin Luther King Jr Celebration, you're too late.
Tickets to the musical celebration and tribute at Strathmore Music Center this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. are sold out.
For the 19th year Gaithersburg partnered with the Gazette to sponsor the Martin Luther King Jr. Literary Arts Contest for students in the Gaithersburg area.
Members of the City's Multicultural Affairs and Educational Enrichment Committees and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Committee judged the 76 entries, which mused on the this year's theme of “Continuing the Legacy: How Will You Serve?”
The winners are Skyler Thiessen and Sofia Vallone, 5th graders at Gaithersburg Elementary School, and Thriyambek Ramachandran, a sophomore at Quince Orchard High School.
Winners will read their essays at the County's sold-out event in North Bethesda this afternoon and then again tomorrow night at the Mayor and Council meeting.
Gaithersburg partnered with Montgomery County, Takoma Park and Garrett Park to put on the event, as well as supporting residents to give a day of service.
The concert will feature jazz musician Marcus Johnson, gospel jazz saxophonist Brian Lenair, a choral performance by the Men of Valor of the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church and more.
The 2011 Children of the Dream, Humanitarian, and Literary Arts award will also be announced at the concert.
If you want to contribute, you can still participate in the day of service at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd. in North Bethesda, and at various sites throughout the County.
For more information on how to help out, call the Montgomery County Volunteer Centers at 240-777-2600 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/MLK.