L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Ascot Library to honor literary luminary

LOS ANGELES — The community is invited to the dedication of the Ascot Branch Library, 120 W. Florence Ave., in honor of Wanda Coleman, a prolific poet and political activist, who was known as the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles.” A plaque will be unveiled at a ceremony at ! p.m. Nov. 30.

Raised in Watts, Coleman began writing at the age of 5. She and her siblings spent many hours as children at the Ascot Branch Library. Coleman went on to become one of the most published black poets in the country with more than 20 books of poetry, stories and essays in print.

Information: (213) 228-7558.

Concert features

renowned pianist

CARSON — Cal State Dominguez Hills will present Steinway by Starlight, an evening of holiday music and classical piano featuring internationally renowned pianist Andreas Klein at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, in the University Theatre on campus, 1000 E. Victoria St.

A graduate of Julliard School with a doctor of musical arts from Rice University, Klein will perform classical piano selections from Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Rigoletto. In addition, the Cal State Dominguez Hills Chamber Singers will perform Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by Debussy Trio harpist Marcia Dickstein.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $5 for faculty, staff and students with I.D.

Information: (310) 243-2666.

CEOs serve lunch

for scholarship fund

EXPOSITION PARK — Politicians, business executives and community leaders will serve as waiters and waitresses at a luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Wallis Annenberg Building (the Muses Room), 700 Exposition Park Drive.

The proceeds will go toward the Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce Education Fund and Foundation, which provides college scholarships to students from underserved communities pursuing a college degree in business or a related field.

The serving staff is scheduled to include City Councilman Curren Price, Police Commission President Matt Johnson and Celeste Alleyne, public affairs director for Microsoft.

Individual tickets are $75.

Information: (323) 292-1297 or info@glaaacc.org.

College foundation

rewards contributors

EXPOSITION PARK — The National College Resources Foundation will recognize local contributors at the Winter Wonderland Gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive.

The support of the community leaders helps underwrite educational consulting, intervention, mentoring, tutoring, college and career planning services provided to at risk and low resource students and their families.

NCRF also will host the second annual Latino College Expo Dec. 12 at the Carson Community Center.

Information: (909) 396-0151 or lorna@thecollegeexpo.org.

Feminist group

hosts holiday sale

LOS ANGELES — Socialist feminist organization Radical Women is hosting a holiday gift and book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 12, at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Books include progressive literature, new and used, fiction and non-fiction. Children are welcome and coffee and tea are provided.

Proceeds go towards Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party.

Information: (323) 732-6416.

Concert to benefit

nonprofit groups 

BEVERLY HILLS — The Los Angeles Urban League and production company Morning Jewel, Inc. present “A New Day: Concert for a Cause,” at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd.

The event will feature artists in the music, comedy, dance, film and television industries who are donating their performances to nonprofit organizations such as the Urban League and the KIS Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease.

Celebrity hosts include multi-Grammy award winner Patrice Rushen as the musical director and Broadway star Jeffrey Polk as the events director.

Tickets: (800) 745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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