UCLA Campus, 405 Hilgard Ave., L.A. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Info: kwa05@hotmail.com.

January 18
Action Plan Forum. Goal of meeting is to develop a five-point plan that provides solutions to problems within the black community, e.g., financial literacy, academic motivation, parent education, etc. CSU Northridge. 10 a.m. (818) 402-5050.
MLK Commemoration. Event honors Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO MLK Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., hosted by Assemblyman Mike Davis. California African American Museum, 600 State Dr. (Exposition Park), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (213) 744-2111 or assemblymemberDavis@assembly.ca.gov.
Susan Taylor Reception. Join the 100 Black Men of LA at a reception for Essence Magazine’s Editorial Director, Susan Taylor’s Essence Cares Mentoring Movement. Refreshments and music. Museum of African American Art, (3rd fl. Macy’s at Baldwin Hills Mall), 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 to 10 p.m. RSVP a must at www.platinumstarpr@aol.com.
One night Performance. Former Black Panther Party leader, now author and singer/songwriter, Elaine Brown will perform her songs. Largo, 432 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 8:30 p.m. No cover. Reservations: (323) 852-1073.

January 19
Tax Seminar. Seminar topics: Tax Updates, Tax Reduction Strategies, Debt Management, Tax Advantaged Investing. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. La Brea Grill, 902 N. La Brea, Inglewood. (310) 515-7316.
Teen Health Conference. For teens ages 12-18 yrs.,who may feel depressed, have questions about relationships, not satisfied with their look, and want to learn more about healthy lifestyles. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Frank Parent Elementary School, 5354 W. 64th Street, Ladera Heights. (310) 541-6770.
Blogging Workshop. “Come Blow Your Horn,” an IWOSC workshop where experts will explain why, where, when, and how to blog, featuring Gerald Everett Jones. IWOSC Members: $15; non-members $35. Veterans Memorial Bldg., 4117 Overland Blvd., Culver City. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required: (877) 799-7483 or www.iwosc.org.
Workshop. Learn how to research your family history or get answers to your questions at the Library African American Genealogy workshop. AC Bilbrew Library, 150 E. El Segundo Blvd, Los Angeles. 2:30 p.m. (310) 538-3350.
L.A. CARES. Launch of L.A. CARES 4 Kids, a national mentoring movement connecting youth to mentors. Nate Holden Performing Arts Ctr., 2 – 3 p.m. Free books for youth: Eso Won Books, Leimert Park, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (818) 571-1097.

January 19 and 20
Play. “House of the Hill, Mammy Pleasant Story.” Tickets: $25. Playhouse Theatre Players, 600 Moulton Ave., Los Angeles. Sat. 6 p.m.., Sun. 3 p.m. (323) 227-5410.

January 19-21
King Tribute. Weekend of art, cake, and celebration. Sunday, “King in L.A.,” photo exhibit and live performances. California African American Museum, 600 State Dr. (Exposition Park), Los Angeles. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events free, parking $6. (213) 744-7432 or www.caamuseum.org.

January 20
Networking Breakfast. Beauty, Wellness, and Prosperity Networking Breakfast, a monthly event to empower people to take control of their ability to look and feel great. This month, “Lifestyle Feng Shui for Love, Health, and Prosperity. Tickets: $10. Lucy Florence Cultural Ctr., 3351 W. 43rd St., Los Angeles, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (323) 293-1356, or www.lucyflorence.com
Teen Pageant. Ms. Simply Couture Teen Pageant. Crown Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd., L.A., 12:30 p.m. Tickets $30. (310) 936-8642 or www.simplycouturepageant.com.
Alumni Meeting. Monthly meeting for Southern University alumni. Lucy Florence, 3351 W. 43rd St., L.A., 3 to 5 p.m. (323) 292-1148 or www.suinla.org.
Fashion Show. “World of Curves,” and 6 couture designers showcase latest fashions for ladies with curves. Crown Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd., L.A., 4 p.m. (310) 292-1148.
Prayer Vigil. National Alliance on Mental Illness candlelight vigil praying to raise awareness of criminalization of the mentally ill. Twin Towers Correctional Facility, 450 Bauchet St. (Alameda and Cesar Chavez Sts.), Los Angeles. 5 to 6 p.m. Parking: street, or facility-$7. (323) 294-7814 or www.namiurbanla.org.

January 20-21
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

January 21
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.

January 23
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.