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Six things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

 1  Hear Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi, speak at the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. Meet the speaker before his keynote address at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the King-Kennedy Memorial Center. Today, 7 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Learning Center, Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. 577-5355.

 2  Catch Portland-based singer-songwriter Chris Robley perform with area indie bands Sapo Sueno, the Proles, the Definite Articles and Taylor Vick. Today, 7 p.m. Cafe Deva, 1202 J St., Modesto. $5. 572-3382.

 3  Honor the president of the Gallo Center for the Arts at Central West Ballet's show "A Dance Evening of New Creations," including the new choreographed piece "Marie Gallo: A Dance Tribute." Today, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $20 to $70. 338-2100.

 4  Laissez les bons temps rouler a few days early as area favorite The BluesBox Bayou Band celebrates Fat Tuesday with its foot-stomping Cajun and zydeco dance music. Today, 9 p.m. Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. Free. 877-747-8777.

 5  Kick off the First Sundays program with a Chinese new year Celebration. At the free monthly event, for children ages 5 to 12, make lucky red envelopes, learn about Chinese new year customs, and enjoy food and a dragon dance performance. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. 491-4317.

 6  Visit royalty as the King of Siam hires an opinionated British governess to teach his children in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I." Sunday, 2 p.m. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $15 to $28. 532-3120.

FREE FUN: Go to the dogs and join the Humane Society of Stanislaus County on a community dog walk. Today, 1 p.m. East La Loma Park, Modesto. Free.

-- Marijke Rowland

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