SOUTH LOS ANGELES — More than 100 residents gathered at the Community Coalition headquarters here March 19, calling upon city officials to address the inequity in city services.
Concerns expressed included a lack of trash pick up, graffiti removal and weekly street sweeping.
“It is hard and discouraging to see the filth, the trash, the dumping, graffiti and potholes that have yet to be repaired and addressed in our neighborhoods,” said Joyce Fantroy, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years.
Residents walked in teams and filed nearly 1,000 city service requests. The most common requests included illegal dumping, graffiti removal and sidewalk repair. One team discovered a bucket of oil, empty fuel tanks and a fallen tree that had been blocking an alley for more than a few months, according to residents.
“Today is the launch for demanding better city services for South L.A.,” said Joseph Devall, deputy director of policy at the Community Coalition, who is leading the efforts to call on city officials.
“We’re highlighting the chronic neglect our community has seen over the years. We’d like to see a permanent solution from the city.”
City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson addressed the residents and encouraged them to file reports requesting city services through the MYLA311 system.
Local chef launches
youth health program
COMPTON — Celebrity chef Curtis Aikens will introduce his new initiative, Building a Better Community Program from 4 to 6 p.m. March 24 at the Compton Youth Activities League, 700 N. Alameda St.
The program emphasizes wellness and life skills for youth living in under-served areas. The curriculum imparts lessons such as the importance of personal and community wellness, education, good citizenship and service to others. It also will teach students how to grow and prepare food.
Aikens is responsible for the farming, food preparation and food serving components of the course.
Information: (310) 668-4203.
INGLEWOOD — The UCLA Labor Center is holding a panel on the rights of undocumented immigrants and the health issues they face in honor of Cesar Chavez Day, from 6 to 8 p.m., March 30, at the Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd, in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall.
The Labor Center will give a presentation on the book, “Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation,” using a mix of music videos, personal stories and a panel discussion with some of the authors.
“Dreams Deported” is a UCLA student publication featuring stories of immigrant youth and families who have led the national campaign against deportations and challenged President Barack Obama to act.
Representatives from Healthy California also will speak about access to health care for undocumented Californians.
Information: (310) 412-5380, or email email@example.com.
COMPTON — The Commission for Women and Mayor Aja Brown are hosting a women’s history month luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. March 26 at Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave.
The commission will recognize standouts in the community such as women in public service, female veterans and Compton’s oldest woman.
RSVP and information: (310) 605-5533.
Jazz concert helps
LOS ANGELES — Jazz musician Kris Bowers will perform in a community jazz concert from 8 to 10 p.m., March 26, at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave. in Zipper Hall.
Proceeds will go towards the Roy Roberts II Watts/ Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club and the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship.
Bowers was the winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. In the same year, he played on “Watch the Throne,” a Jay Z and Kanye West album. In 2014, Bowers performed at the International Jazz Day Concert in Japan, the Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain, and at the London Jazz Festival.
The event also will include a performance by Sheryl Lee Ralph, who played the role of Deidra “Dee” Mitchell on the UPN sitcom “Moesha.” She also performed in the original production of “Dreamgirls” on Broadway.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Gospel singer James Fortune will appear in concert with FIYA and Wess Morgan from 6 to 10 p.m., March 26 at New Hope Baptist Church, 5200 S. Central Ave.
Fortune is a two-time Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, recording artist and producer.
of Christ sightings
INGLEWOOD — The Faith in Action Miracle Center, 645 W. Arbor Vitae St., is hosting its annual Easter Resurrection Celebration and Anniversary at 11:45 a.m. March 27.
Jynona Norwood is the host pastor, and the Rev. Barbara Reynolds will serve as a guest speaker. Reynolds, an award-winning author and journalist, claims to have viewed the manifestations of Jesus, and has testified to their authenticity.
A Good Friday service will take place at 7:45 p.m. March 25. Reynolds, Norwood and five pastors will preach “Christ’s Seven Last Words.” Attendees can bring prayer requests.
Egg hunt and
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The 10th Council District Women’s Steering Committee presents the Spring Egg Hunt and Festival at 11 a.m. March 26 at the Baldwin Hills Recreation Center, 5401 Highlight Place.
The event includes moon bounces, face painting, prizes and drawings for free Easter baskets every 30 minutes.
Information: (323) 934-0746, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The R.O.C.K. Church, 2001 S. Vermont Ave., presents “The Thorn Easter Experience,” a creative interpretation of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection at its 9 a.m. service March 27.
The performance includes videos, songs and live monologues adapted from the stage production “The Thorn Live.”
Information: www.igototherock.org or contact Che Grant at (661) 755-9364, email@example.com.
holds Easter services
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Trinity Baptist Church, 2040 W. Jefferson Blvd., begins its Easter weekend program with a Good Friday service at noon March 25.
The children’s Sunday school program will begin at 8:45 a.m. on March 27.
The Easter service will take place at 10 a.m. March 27.
Information: (323) 735-0044
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Clergy Women Toastmasters are holding an open house breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 25, at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive.
Members and guest speakers will recount the final sayings of Jesus from the cross, along with inspirational messages of hope, faith and power. Guests are welcome.
The group holds regular breakfast meetings on the first and third Friday mornings at the same time and place. Women involved in ministry are invited to join and participate in the gatherings that include both prepared and impromptu speeches and speech evaluations.
Compiled by Anne Artley.
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