Tuesday, July 4
Most businesses and all government offices will be closed today. Considering this year’s holiday falls on a Tuesday, a lot of L.A. offices will be closed on Monday, too, as Angelenos enjoy a four-day weekend. Don’t get burned.
Thursday, July 6
Encuentro 2000, a convention sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Conference, will include a series of events celebrating multiculturalism in the church, especially the contributions of Native Americans and Latinos. The event runs from today through July 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Information: www.encuentro2000.org.
L.A.’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment holds a public hearing today on the formation of neighborhood councils in the Boyle Heights area. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at 465 S. Mathews St., L.A. Information: (213) 485-1360
Saturday, July 8
The Lotus Festival, a two-day event celebrating Asian/Pacific Island culture, kicks off today at noon in Echo Park. The festival includes music, dance, arts and crafts, food, cultural demonstrations, and a health fair, as well as a fireworks show and events emceed by Asian celebrities. Information: (213) 485-8745.
Sunday, July 9
About 3,000 meeting planners are expected to hit town today for the Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress, running today through July 11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event includes workshops, networking events, golf tournaments and other activities. Information: (800) 424-5249.