L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Chris Paul donates shoes to students

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul and his Chris Paul Family Foundation provided all the students at Barack Obama Charter Elementary School with new athletic footwear.

Paul, with the cooperation of Shoes That Fit,surprised the students Nov. 1 with a brand new pair of sneakers.

The Barack Obama Charter School is an Ingenium learning school that encourages students to become more independent and take a leadership role in their education.

Paul is no stranger to helping kids. In August, he also assisted in bringing technology and golf to the Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club.

The Chris Paul Family Foundation and Shoes that Fit previously supplied footwear to children in Chris Paul’s hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Arts village hosts

black film festival

LOS ANGELES – An arts, culture, and educational film festival is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 11-13 at Leimert Park Black Arts Village, 4337 Degnan Blvd.

The sixth annual “I’ve Known Rivers Film Festival” will screen more than 35 films that capture the black experience worldwide.

The event features film symposiums, workshops, and an educational conference, along with children’s activities, entertainment, and vendors.

Information: (323) 864-2656.

Celebrities bowl

to raise funds

STUDIO CITY — TV actors Serayah McNeill and Chris Spenser, and radio personality Big Boy will go bowling to raise money for local charities at an annual fundraising event from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11 at Pinz Bowling Center, 12655 Ventura Blvd.

Bowling for Families, the event’s host, is a group of nonprofit organizations that unite to feed needy communities during the holidays.

A star-studded after-party is scheduled from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets cost $50.

Information: (310) 827-9727.

Organization plans

job fair, block party

LOS ANGELES – A nonprofit community development organization is hosting a free job fair and block party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at 4060 S. Figueroa St.

Rise Financial Pathways will host the event and offer resumé workshops, mock interviews and employers that are ready to hire.

The latest job market information will be available; registration is required.

The nonprofit organization provides financial development-programs to under-served residents and small-business owners.

Information: (323) 944-8356.

TV show holds

kid’s fishing derby

BALDWIN HILLS — Urban American Outdoors TV is hosting its inaugural Urban Kids Fishing Derby from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, 4100 S. La Cienega Blvd.

The derby is free for children ages 4-15 who are accompanied by an adult.

The host offers loaner fishing poles and fish bait, and also features a surprise guest speaker, gifts and prizes, including a $100 prize for the child who catches the biggest fish.

Information: (913) 334-5177. 

Jazz performance

set at arts center

LOS ANGELES — A jazz dance and music company presents its production “Breathe” at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd.

The presenters, Jazz Antiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, feature jazz concert-style dancing while exploring the nuances of music, text and dance.

The company will honor its guest choreographer Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, a specialist in contemporary modern dance and American concert jazz dance.

Orchestra tickets cost $30, and mezzanine tickets $20.

Information: (323) 964-9766.

Prostate cancer

screenings offered

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The 13th annual free prostate cancer education and screening forum takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Trinity Baptist Church, 2040 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The event organizers, Trinity Community Development Corporation and the hosting church, invite men 35 and older to attend. Coordinators are set to offer lunch to the first 100 men to arrive. The prostate cancer screenings are confidential.

Information: (323) 735-0044.

Social media

workshop offered

INGLEWOOD – The Inglewood Public Library is offering a series of free monthly workshops for small business owners from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

Social media marketing consultant Deborah Deras presents the lecture billed as “Social Media 101 for Small-Businesses.”

The library will host similar programs monthly, courtesy of the Small Business Develop Center at El Camino College.

Information: (310) 412-5380.

Town hall meeting

supports black men

INGLEWOOD — L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is scheduled to speak at a town hall meeting for black men from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the – MLK Community Center at Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae St.

The forum focuses on racism, violence and pressure, stigma and inequity, and offer solutions and support.

Christmas Consulting Group hosts the event, which supports nonprofit and public sector organizations serving disadvantaged communities.

Information: (310) 412-5391.

Compiled by Billie Jordan. 

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