L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Cookie Johnson to sign new book

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Cookie Johnson, wife of Earvin “Magic” Johnson, will share her marital story and sign her book, “Believing in Magic,” after the 11 a.m. praise and worship service Oct. 9 in the Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship, 2085 S. Hobart Blvd.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Los Angeles Chairperson, the Rev. William Smart, will lead the praise and worship service.

Information: (323) 731-8869.

Church hosts

breast cancer program

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — To observe breast cancer awareness month and to spread the message of early detection, a faith-based organization will host a breast health and breast cancer awareness program at 9 a.m., Oct. 8 at the Los Angeles Community Church, 10600 South Hoover St.

The program, Worship in Pink, is a collaboration of the hosting church and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a breast cancer organization.

Jay Vadgama, a Charles Drew University clinical and community-based research specialist is scheduled to lead the conversation.

There will be free educational materials and breast cancer survivor testimonies.

Information: (323) 756-3525.

Sony Pictures hosts

Black and White Ball

CULVER CITY — “Bold & Beautiful” actor Sean Kanan hosts an autism charity fundraiser and awards show from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at Sony Pictures Studios, 10202 W. Washington Blvd.

The event, is billed as the 11th annual Evening Under the Stars Black and White Ball, and benefits the Special Needs Network’s children and families affected by autism and related developmental disorders.

Crystal Starr and The Bowties will headline a tribute to Prince featuring special guest performers.

The awards show honorees include the Emmy award-winning daytime talk show, “The Doctors,” which will be presented with the Innovators Award, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief Henri R. Ford, who is set to receive the Vanguard Award.  Tickets are $500.

Information: (323) 291-7100.

Play explores

mental illness

CRENSHAW — Radio personality Tammi Mac co-presents a two-act stage play, “The Marriage,” about love, life and mental illness at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the West Angeles Performing Arts Center, 3020 Crenshaw Blvd.

Based on a true story, the play is written and directed by Kosmond Russell and stars Andre Pitre and Dawnn Lewis.

The production explores the relationships of a newlywed couple and their family and friends as they face the challenges of living with paranoid schizophrenia.

“The Marriage” also features special guest saxophonist Mark “Panther” Felton. Tickets cost $32.

Information: (323) 733-8707.

The Forum hosts

anti-bullying tour

INGLEWOOD — A nationwide nonprofit organization will host an anti-bullying event at 10 a.m., Oct. 10at The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd.

The free event, billed as the Be Strong Live Tour, is hosted by Be Strong, a nonprofit organization which provides resources to stop bullying in schools and throughout society.

The event features Be Strong’s L.A. event keynote speaker, Nick Vujicic. The tour will be live streamed to students and schools throughout the state and beyond. Live streamers must register at www.Bestrong.global.

Information: (954) 246-5852.

Prince tribute band

to rock L.A. ball

BEVERLY HILLS — A Prince tribute band and R&B singer Shanice Wilson perform at a nonprofit home builder’s second annual ball at 6 p.m., Oct. 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The Los Angeles Builder’s Ball, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, raises funds and awareness for Habitat LA’s Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign, which helps place low-income families in new homes.

The Prince Tribute Band features the late musician’s former band members who are scheduled to perform a set of Prince hits, including “Purple Rain.”

Information: (424) 246-3178.

Radio host

honors women

LOS ANGELES — Radio personality Pat Prescott will help pay tribute to four distinguished women from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The event is hosted by the Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Policy Institute.

Honorees include Jacqueline “Jackie” Dupont-Walker, Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Brenda Shockley and Dr. Tumani S. Moore-Leatherwood. Tickets cost $75.

Information: (323) 954-3777.

Sisters host

walk for a cure

COMPTON — Compton officials Satra and Janna Zurita hosting a walking event to observe cancer awareness month and to remind the community that early detection is important. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk starts at 8 a.m., Oct. 8 at the Greenleaf Parkway at the corner of Wilmington and Greenleaf.

The fifth annual Compton Walk for a Cure, is hosted by Compton City Council woman Janna Zurita and her sister, Compton school board President Satra Zurita.

Prizes and gifts will be awarded and an early morning stretching session will take place.

Information: (310) 639-4321, ext. 52222.

Jazz on the Lawn

aids homeless vets

BALDWIN HILLS — A veterans association will feature the Raw Sugar Quintet , Jacques Lesure, Maxayn Lewis and Street Corner Renaissance to benefit homeless female veterans and their children from 1 to 6 p.m., Oct. 8 on the lawn at 4290 Don Mariano Drive.

The event, billed as Jazz on the Lawn, is hosted by the California Council for Veteran’s Affairs, and benefits the council’s Women and Children First program, a nonprofit organization celebrating 42 years of service.

Dinner will be cooked by Chef Marilyn, and a cash bar and valet parking will be available.

Information: (323) 299-9273.

Engineers offer

business training

LOS ANGELES — A military engineering association conducts a small business and veteran’s business education, training and opportunities forum beginning at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 11 at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, 200 W. Washington Blvd.

The event, hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers, offers direct contact with directors and managers of projects that are planned for the next several years.

Attendees can learn about procurement programs and how to leverage experience in public works to win solicitations.

Opportunities to contract with federal, state, regional and local government agencies also will be available.

Information: (619) 308-9333, ext. 9333.

Compiled by Billie Jordan.

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