L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Compton mayor to give state of city address

COMPTON – Mayor Aja Brown is expected to share accomplishments made by the city and the future of Compton during her first state of the city address at 6 p.m. July 10, at the Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave.

The event also will feature Compton Champion Awards, which highlight residents for their positive contributions to the community, officials said.

In 2013, Brown made history when she became the youngest mayor elected in Compton. Presently, she is implementing her New Vision for Compton initiative, which is centered on 12 key principles that focus on family values, quality of life, economic development and infrastructure growth, officials said.

Information: www.ComptonCity.org.

Black lawyers

to convene here

LOS ANGELES – Cornel West, Judge Mablean Ephriam and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver are among the scheduled speakers during the National Bar Association’s 90th annual Convention and Exhibits, July 19-23 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St.

The convention, hosted by the nation’s oldest and largest national association for black lawyers, aims to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, officials said.

Information: www.nationalbar.org.

Bus trip planned

to historic black town

LEIMERT PARK – We Can Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to Allensworth for the annual festival commemorating the only town in the state founded by African Americans. The bus will leave from 4329 Degnan Blvd. at 10 a.m. July 11 and return around 5:30 p.m.

This year’s Allensworth Festival theme is “Honoring the Black Woman” and will pay tribute to Josephine Leavell Allensworth, the wife of Col. Allen Allensworth, and the co-founder of this historical black town, organizers said.

Information:  (310) 948-5524.

Lincoln exhibit

comes to Inglewood 

INGLEWOOD – The Inglewood Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., will host a traveling national exhibition of President Abraham Lincoln beginning July 11.

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” examines how the former president used the Constitution to confront the secession of Southern states, slavery and civil liberties during wartime, library officials said.

This is the last stop for the exhibition in California, and the only stop in the county, organizers said.

Information: (310) 412-5380 or publiclibrary@cityofinglewood.org.

Community council

to host meeting

LOS ANGELES – The Park Mesa Heights Community Council will host its general meeting from 10 a.m. to noon July 11 at Angeles Mesa Elementary School, 2611 W. 52nd St.

Board members encourage stakeholders in the communities of Hyde Park, Angeles Mesa and View Heights to come get involved, stay informed and make a difference, officials said.

A light breakfast will be provided. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

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

Artwork comes to life

in Laguna Beach

LAGUNA BEACH  — The Pageant of the Masters is underway in this coastal community.

The pageant is a 90-minute presentation that re-creates classical and contemporary artworks with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original artwork. It is accompanied by a professional narrator, an orchestra and period songs by professional vocalists.

This year’s theme is “Pursuit of Happiness” and includes works by Winslow Homer, Currier & Ives, Norman Rockwell and others.

The Pageant of the Masters runs nightly at 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 31.

More information can be found at http://www.foapom.com/pageant-of-the-masters/pageant-theme/.

Radio DJ hosts

soulful evening

Who: 102.3 KJLH – Brent Jones

What: Enjoy Your Life: A Night of Soul Music

When: 6 p.m. July 11

Where: Celebrity Centre International, 5930 Franklin Ave., Hollywood

Why: “If you’re tired of the ‘turn up’ and vulgar music on the radio, come and experience a night of joy and positive energy through ‘feel good’ live music,” Brent Jones said.

Information: (949) 836-2558 or VanessaPayne@live.com

Church event hosts

a day for healing

Who: Strait-Way Church

What: Healers’ Empowerment Day

When: 10 a.m. July 11

Where: Strait-Way Church, 102 E. Kelso St., Inglewood

Why: Organizers say the event enables them to heal their communities through prayer.

Information: (714) 299-0869 or cherylpricephd@gmail.com.

Dance party planned

at Skirball Center

Who: Steppin It Up

What: Hot Summer Nights Party

When: 7 p.m. July 11

Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Why: The event will feature Cha Cha, Chicago Steppin, Detroit Ballroom, the cool 2-Step, and of course Line Dancing on a huge beautiful wood floor, organizers said.

Information:(310) 890-5009 or info@steppinitup.com.

Networking event

held for singles

Who: Crush Council Events

What: Singles Networking Event

When: 6 p.m. July 9

Where: Peking Tavern, 806 S. Spring St., Los Angeles

Why: Organizers say Crush Council is a unique dating and networking event mixing art, music, fashion, culture and some of LA’s most eligible singles all under one roof.

Information: crushcouncil@engagemediagroupllc.com

Gospel fest held

in Long Beach

Who: Antioch Church of Long Beach

What: Long Beach Gospel Fest

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 19

Where: Marina Green Park, 386 Shoreline Dr., Long Beach

Why:Get ready for the most highly anticipated inspirational event of the year, The Long Beach Gospel Festival, showcasing some of the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers, organizers said.

Information: (562) 265-8011 or info@longbeachgospelfest.com

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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