Dublin will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service.

Dublin will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service.

"For the first time, we are making this a day of service," said Dublin volunteer coordinator Christine Nardecchia. "A community grass-roots committee is putting this together."

Dublin residents Deborah Maynard and Bridget Dritz contacted Nardecchia about holding a day of service on Jan. 18.

"They reached out to me and really want to make this a day of service," Nardecchia said.

Dritz said the day of service evolved from the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, which will be held at Coffman High School at 11 a.m. Jan. 18.

The day of service will place volunteers in local long-term care facilities and organizations.

"We're focusing on folks who don't get a lot of visitors," Nardecchia said. "We'll encourage volunteers to continue the relationship in a long-term way. We'll also have people working with Welcome Warehouse and the Dublin Food Pantry."

Nardecchia said the day will focus on one of King's famous quotes: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

To sign up for the day of service, contact Nardecchia at (614) 410-4400 or cnardecchia@ dublin.oh.us.

Dublin will collect Christmas trees every Monday through the end of January as part of its curbside composting program.

Dublin residents must place trees at the curb by 7 a.m. All decorations must be removed and the trees should not be put in plastic bags.

Trees taller than 8 feet should be cut in half.

For more information in Christmas tree recycling, look online at dublin.oh.us or call (614) 410-4750.

Children from the Run the Race Club of Columbus celebrated Christmas in Dublin last Sunday.

The high school youth group of St. Brigid of Kildare Church hosted more than 80 Columbus children for the annual event that spreads holiday cheer.

Children from the Run the Race Club were paired with youth group members for lunch and activities including bowling, crafts, caroling and games. Children also had a chance to choose and wrap free gifts for their families at the Santa Shop.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived via a Washington Township fire truck for a visit with the children, and all children received a stocking.

According to St. Brigid of Kildare, the Christmas in Dublin event has occurred for several years. The entire parish donates items for the day.

The Run the Race Club provides after-school and Saturday programs for Columbus children. According to the group's Web site, children participate in crafts, sports, tutoring and more to help them "develop academically, physically, morally and spiritually."