From Jan. 18-20, the city of Santa Monica will host three events to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first event is an interfaith prayer breakfast at Calvary Baptist Church at 1502 20th St. on Jan. 18, and will include gospel music along with an appearance by Dominque Washington. The suggested donation is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 10. The breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

On Martin Luther King Day, the largest event will be held, featuring keynote speaker Nat Trives, a former Santa Monica mayor and Santa Monica College alum. The celebration includes inspirational readings, music, dance, singing and the MLK Education Awards. The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the SGI Auditorium at 525 Wilshire Blvd. Following the MLK day festivities, there will be a community involvement fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the SGI Youth Center, located at 606 Wilshire Blvd. Both events are free.

On Jan. 20, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra will perform a free Martin Luther King memorial concert after President Obama is sworn in. The performance will also be held at the SGI Auditorium.

For more information about these three events, contact Ann Miks at (310) 260-8949 or e-mail

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