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24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 19, 9am, free, SGI-USA Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., 310.434.4303.

The 24th annual celebration of Dr. King’s birthday takes on an additional poignancy this year as Obama becomes President, fulfilling one of King’s dreams. The program at SGI Auditorium will include inspirational readings, music, a performance by Angel City Chorale, and presentations of scholarships. Following the celebration, there will be a Community Involvement Fair, from 11am-noon at 606 Wilshire Blvd. next door.

Inaugural Parade West: Plug In, America!, January 17, 9:30am, free, Parking lot at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., pluginamerica.com

In honor of Obama’s pledge to promote the use of plug-in (electric) vehicles, Plug In America is presenting the first plug-in vehicle inauguration parade. Among the participants will be more than two dozen Toyota RAV4 EVs, three Tesla Roadsters, two Vectrix motor scooters, one Zero Motorcycle, two Phoenix SUTs and a prototype Mitsubishi iMiEV. Prior to the parade down Main Street, State Senator Fran Pavley, author of the nation’s first global warming law, will be one of several guest speakers.

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