L.A. Digest West Edition

Dance stars to present talk, program

LOS ANGELES — Two stars of the dance world, Debbie Allen and Misty Copeland, are teaming up to host “An Afternoon With Misty Copeland,” a conversation about the power of dance and political changes in arts education, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. March 19 at Grand Arts High School, 450 N. Grand Ave.

Copeland will share her personal tale about her rise to becoming the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history.

The conversation kicks off the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s DADA on Point, a five-day ballet intensive course that offers dancers 8and above, with three years training, the opportunity to study with world class ballet masters from Russia and the United States.

Copeland and Allen will both teach a master class with daily lessons taught by other dance greats. Classes are offered in ballet technique, pointe, men’s technique, pas de deux, contemporary and jazz.

Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen

To purchase tickets and information, visit: www.DebbieAllenDanceAcademy or call (310) 280-9145.

Conference presents

awards, workshops

LOS ANGELES — The Black Business Association is holding its 2016 Salute to Black Women Business Conference, Vendor Fair and Awards Luncheon from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 at the L.A. Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 333 S. Figueroa St.

The workshops will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The topics are “Role Models for Success, for young ladies ages 13-18;” “She’s the Change: How to Successfully Launch and Lead a Nonprofit Organization or Social Enterprise,” moderated by Kim Anthony-Morrow, the founder and CEO of the Urban Philanthropy Institute, and “Get Your Career Life In Order,” moderated by Tana M. Session, the principal consultant at TMS Business Solutions.

Tickets are $65.

Information: bbala.org; RSVP: (323) 291-9334, mail@bbala.org.

Free tax prep

fair planned

BOYLE HEIGHTS — The campaign to get the word out about the new state earned income tax credit program, is hosting a free tax preparation and resource fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 19 at the Puente Learning Center, 501 S. Boyle Ave.

Tax professionals will be on hand to prepare and electronically file federal and state taxes and provide screening to determine eligibility for the federal and state earned income tax credit.

The fair includes medical screenings, family activities and a free bag of groceries while supplies last.

Attendees seeking tax preparation assistance should bring W-2s, a form of government identification, Social Security cards for each family member, documentation of deductible expenses, health insurance marketplace statement (1095-A, B and/or C), banking account information and a copy of your 2014 tax return, if available. Spanish-speakers are available.

Concert marks

Palm Sunday

LOS ANGELES — A Palm Sunday “Musical Meditation” concert featuring the Knox Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and the Park Hills Community Church Sanctuary Choir will take place at 8 p.m., March 20, 5840 La Tijera Blvd.

Admission is free.

Senior citizens group

to hear MTA rep

LOS ANGELES — Lily Ortiz from the Metropolitan Transportation Association will speak at this month’s Seniors’ Morning Mixer Program from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., March 18, at the Angeles Mesa Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 2700 W. 52nd St.

She will discuss the benefits of riding transit, where to go, safe rider tips, transit options, TAP cards and On the Move Riders Clubs.

Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.

For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430.

Author to appear

at church services

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Ever Lee Harrison, the author of “Blind Ambition: One Woman’s Journey to Greatness Despite Her Blindness,” will give a synopsis of her book at both the 8 and 11 a.m. services on March 20, at the Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Ave.

She will sign the book in Griffith Hall after both services. Attendees can purchase a copy for $20.

A child of sharecroppers, Harrison was raised on one of the biggest plantations in the South. At age 29, facing total blindness, Harrison began attending the Louisiana Center for the Blind and eventually achieved a high-ranking position in the Department of Health and Human Services Division in New Jersey. She is now a California resident and an advocate for the blind.

Information: (323) 222-1621

Grambling alumni

to hold breakfast

CARSON — The Los Angeles chapter of the Grambling University Alumni Association is holding its 26th annual scholarship breakfast at 8:30 a.m. March 19 at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center, 3 Civic Plaza Drive.

Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for Southern California students attending Grambling University.

Information and tickets: (323) 213-5487.

Compiled by Anne Artley. 

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