L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Councilmen host Fourth of July celebration

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — L.A. City Councilmen Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson are presenting a Fourth of July community festival and fireworks show from noon to 10 p.m. July 4 on Exposition Park South Lawn, off Exposition Park Drive and Bill Robertson Lane.

The festival includes weekend carnival rides, live music, food, games and activities for all ages. The fireworks show will begin at dusk, approximately 9 p.m.

Jazz artists

present concert

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Jazz artists Barbara Morrison, Dee Dee McNeil and Melena will perform at a jazz concert from noon to 5 p.m. July 3 at St. Andrew’s Recreation Center, 8701 S. St. Andrew’s Place.

The event, which also features a kids’ zone, an auto show and food trucks, is being sponsored by City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the Southwest Neighborhood Council.

Information: (213) 485-7616.

Repairs planned

for Crenshaw Blvd.

CRENSHAW — As part of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be rebuilding the curbs, gutters and sidewalks on Crenshaw Boulevard between 52nd and 54th streets through July 18. Work will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The southbound frontage road will be closed to allow for removal and replacement of the curb and gutter. During this segment, the sidewalk will be closed except for a five-foot section that will remain in place for pedestrian access. Driveway access and access for emergency responders will also be maintained. Parking restrictions will be implemented.

Once complete, the streetscape will include new median landscaping, trees, streetlights, traffic signals and a repaved roadway.

Town hall planned

on substance abuse

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A group of South Los Angeles community organizations is holding a town hall on substance abuse at 6 p.m. June 30, at the Community Coalition, 8101 S. Vermont Ave.

The discussion will touch on the roles of the community in helping someone build their personal resilience against alcohol, drugs and other negative factors, as well as the conditions that affect young people and recommendations the community would like to see.

RSVP: (323) 750-9087.

Author holds

book launch

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Author Deborah Smith Pengues is holding a free community event, “Winning Strategies for the Next Level” and book launch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 2, at the West Angeles Church, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd.

Pengues’ 16th book, “Socially Confident in 60 Seconds,” highlights how to network, make small talk and introductions, develop a winning personality, dine with confidence and navigate cross-cultural etiquette.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Information: (323) 733-8300, ext. 2235 or 2330.

Meals provided

or kids for free

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The FNCF Community Development Corporation will provide free meals for children ages 18 and younger on weekdays from 7 to 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at First New Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, 1555 W. 108th St.

The meals are a component of the Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the California Department of Education’s Nutrition Services Division.

Information: (323) 756-2541.

Nonprofit hosts

accounting class

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation is holding a class on Computerized Accounting QuickBooks from 6 to 8 p.m. June 30, at the Business Enterprise Center, 6109 S. Western Ave.

The class is part of a series on technology and social media. To qualify for attendance, participants must own or operate a business in the city of Los Angeles and have a business license.

RSVP at lelliott@vsedc.org or call (323) 789-4515. Seating is limited.

Compiled by Anne Artley. 

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