WATTS — The county Department of Public Social Services and the Eastside Riders Bike Club partnered April 2 to host the Bridge the Meal Gap Bike Ride from Ted Watkins Park through the Watts community to promote exercise and to raise awareness about the issue of food insecurity in Los Angeles County.
Riders of all ages took to the streets on a seven-mile ride to raise awareness about healthier food choices, and how to supplement their food budgets and food pantries by maximizing their CalFresh benefits.
The ride was inspired by the 2015 “Map the Meal Gap” study conducted by Feeding America, a national network of food banks. According to the study, there were 1,452,130 food insecure individuals in Los Angeles County, or 14.7 percent of the population. Food insecurity occurs when a household is unable to adequately meet their nutritional needs because of a lack of financial resources.
Information: (866) 613-3777.
readings at library
INGLEWOOD — In honor of National Library Week, the Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., is hosting the Inglewood Literary Arts Festival at 4 p.m. April 11.
Appearing authors include Michael J. Bowler (“Spinner,” “A Boy and His Dragon” and “A Matter of Time”), Ardrian Newell (“Something Special”), Dr. Maxine Thompson (“The Ebony Tree” and “LA Blues I”, II and III) and Jasmine B. Walker (“The Baddest Kid in Sixth Grade”).
The event is free to the public.
Information: (310) 412-5380 or library.cityofinglewood.org.
to hold meeting
LOS ANGELES-The Park Mesa Heights Community Council will host its general meeting from 10 a.m. to noon April 9 at Angeles Mesa Elementary School, 2611 W. 52nd St.
Board members are encouraging stakeholders in the communities of Hyde Park, Angeles Mesa and View Heights to come get involved and hear more about the community council election, officials said.
A light breakfast will be provided. Meetings are held on the second Saturday each month.
Information: (323) 298-6124 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
on black immigrants
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Black Immigration Network will hold a national conference, “Black Love Beyond Borders,” for its members April 8-10 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.
Participants will discuss the issues facing black immigrants and African-Americans in the fight for justice in the U.S.
CARSON — California’s Legislative Black Caucus is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors for its four-day program, African American Leaders for Tomorrow, until May 16.
Sixty students will be selected to receive leadership training and attend workshops on topics such as college experience, career development and financial literacy on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills.
On-campus housing, meals, program materials as well as transportation during the conference will be provided at no cost to the participants; and for students living outside of Los Angeles county transportation to the conference will also be provided.
Information: Charles Stewart at (213) 745-6655.
group to meet
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Community organizations are holding a support group for families of murdered victims from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 11, at the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division, 7600 S. Broadway, in the Community Room.
The hosts are Justice for Murdered Children, Project Cry No More, Justice for Homicide Victims and LAURA.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation is presenting a series on technology and social media, in partnership with the Black Business Association, at the Business Enterprise Center, 6109 S. Western Ave.
“Intro to Comp/Internet Fundamentals” will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 8, and the workshop “Getting Around Microsoft Office” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., April 13. “Computerized Accounting-QuickBooks” is from 9:30 a.m. April 12 and “Basics of Social Media” is from 1 to 3 p.m. April 11.
To qualify for attendance, participants must own or operate a business in the city of Los Angeles and have a business license.
RSVP at email@example.com or call (323) 789-4515. Seating is limited.
COMPTON — A free soccer boot camp will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. April 9 at Wilson Park, 123 N. Rose St.
The workshop is part of a 90-day community fitness challenge presented by Mayor Aja Brown’s office, where free workouts are held every Saturday morning.
Register at comptoncity.org/fitness.asp
Compiled by Anne Artley.
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