L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Boys & Girls Club receives $5,000 grant

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Anthem Blue Cross Foundation has presented a $5,000 Focus Grant to Challengers Boys & Girls Club to improve the health and well being of youth in South Los Angeles.

“Kids and teens today face a variety of challenges when it comes to eating healthy and staying physically fit. That’s why we support the Challengers Boys & Girls Club, to help ensure that our youth build life-long healthy habits with a firm foundation of support,” said Les Ybarra, executive director of Southern California Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid.

The $5,000 Focus Grant provides programming focused on teaching the importance of healthy eating habits and being physically active. It also provides youth the ability to learn about ways to increase their fruit and veggie consumption and living a healthy lifestyle.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, because without their support we would not be able to impact so many kids and teens each year,” said Corey Dantzler, CEO of Challengers Boys & Girls Club. “These activities and programs provide much needed health information to youth who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive.”

The Challengers Boys & Girls Club provides youth in South Los Angeles with after-school programs that provide a positive environment and support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Meeting to plan

peace march

LOS ANGELES — The 1,000 Women In White organization is hosting a meeting, free of charge, about their January 2016 march for peace from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at the USC Radisson Hotel, 3540 S Figueroa St.

Community organizations 1,000 Women In White and 100 Men In Black will march through the streets of L.A. in support of peace, faith and family values. The event is also free of charge and will include catered food and entertainment.

RSVP for meeting at mothernature7@gmail.com.

Holiday event honors

nonprofit founder

LOS ANGELES — Denise Estelle, the founder of the Honor Thy Father Awards, and the Wooli Me Natural Hair Expo will receive recognition at the Holiday Magic Girlfriends Getaway, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, at the Crowne Plaza LAX, 5985 W Century Blvd.

This year’s event will include holiday vendors, a fashion show, spa and a beauty bar. The awards luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m.

Estelle is the founder and president of the nonprofit Estelle for Humanity. Her Honor Thy Father Awards recognizes men who provide a strong example for their family and give back to the community.

Information: (310) 927-8339.

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.

Realtors association

to install officers

MARINA DEL REY — The Southwest Los Angeles Association of Realtors will hosting its 40th annual Installation Dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 4 at the Marina del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way.

Councilman Curren Price will serve as master of ceremonies. RSVP: http://conta.cc/1QccUFA

Information: Linda Jenkins at (310) 216-6781 or swla@sbcglobal.net.

Community council

plans general meeting

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Park Mesa Heights Community Council invites all residents, business owners and church representatives within the boundaries of Hyde Park, Angeles Mesa or View Heights, to attend a general meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at Angeles Mesa Elementary School, 2611 W. 52nd St.

Meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month. A light breakfast is provided.

Information: (323) 298-6124 or email to info@pmhcc90043.org.

Rally planned on

LAUSD accountability

LOS ANGELES — The Community Coalition is co-sponsoring a. rally to demand a “pledge to the community” from the next LAUSD superintendent at 4:15 p.m., Dec. 3 at the LAUSD Headquarters, 333 S. Beaudry Ave.

Information: Henry Perez at (323) 780-7605,  ext. 107.

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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