Dominic Moore, middle, 18, chomps into a chocolate pudding and whip cream pie during a pie eating contest with classmates David Perez, left, 16, and Kevin Frias, 16, at Travis High School on Friday January 16, 2015. The pie eating contest was a part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Through Pie social. Photo by Jay Janner for the Austin American-Statesman.

Speaking of pie, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is next week, which means it’s Peace Through Pie time again.

Every year, pie lovers and social justice advocates combine efforts for a series of citywide events to help inspire community-building conversations about race, culture, history and equality.

Several local schools, including Travis High School and Mathews Elementary, are hosting their own pie events this week, but there are other big events that are open to anyone. The eighth annual Sweet Home Peace Through Pie Social is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 1725 W. 11th St. In addition to eating pie with neighbors, friends and friends you haven’t met yet, there will also be a pie auction; proceeds will help restore the 143-year-old church located in historic Clarksville.

At noon Sunday, St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Road, will host its fifth annual Peace Through Pie Social after its morning service. Anyone is welcome to join the social, which will also feature a pie auction. Other churches participating with pie socials include Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth St., which will host its event at noon Sunday, and Trinity United Methodist, 4001 Speedway, whose fifth annual social will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday. At 1 p.m. Monday, Faith4Life Church, 1000 McNeil Road, will host a pie contest and social.

From 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Blackshear Elementary will host its first The Dream Brunch in partnership with Huston-Tillotson University and Kealing Middle School. The public can enjoy pies from Hoover Alexander, hear jazz music from the HT Jazz Band and remarks from local leaders and learn about a pie-themed volunteer day taking place in the Blackshear/Kealing neighborhood on Jan. 23.

Stay up on the latest Peace Through Pie activities through the organization’s Facebook page,