Gifts Expo. International Handcrafted Gifts and Home Textile Expo., folk arts and crafts vendors representing over 20 countries. Free admission Santa Monica Doubletree Hilton, 1707 4th St., Santa Monica. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. (661) 456-2286 or www.worldwomentradefair.com
Memorial Breakfast. The African American Catholic Center for Evangelization's 14th Annual MLK Breakfast. Speaker: Michael Datcher, author of Raising Fences. Verbum Dei Catholic High School, 11100 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 8 to 11 a.m. Donation $20. (323) 777-2106.
King Day Breakfast. Los Angeles Inter Alumni Council hosts its 19th annual MLK breakfast. Tickets: $35. Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 a.m. (213) 639-3800.
King Day Parade. "Thirty Years of Continuing the Dream," is the theme for the 2008 parade. Begins at MLK and Crenshaw Blvds.and continues to Western Ave. Parade starts 11 a.m.
SCLC MLK Dinner. 31st annual MLK Birthday Dinner Celebration. Keynote speaker: former senator John Edwards. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., L.A. (626) 791-3847.
Election Forum. "It's a Black Thang!" The black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community will hold a presidential election forum featuring the voices and opinions of African American LGBT persons; hosted by Jasmyne Cannick. Lucy Florence Coffee House, 3351 W. 43rd St., Los Angeles. 7 to 9 p.m. (323) 839-0216.
Business Conference. "Make Mine a Million $ Business," invites women business owners to learn how to grown their businesses, features celebrity apprentice, Nely Galan. Globe Theatre, Universal Studios. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 25 -27
Art L.A. The New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair presents 60 top international and L.A. based galleries. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, Fri. & Sat. 12 to 7 p.m., Sun. 12 to 6 p.m. One day pass $15, three day $25. (323) 937-4659 or www.artfairsinc.com.