L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Cultural center to honor George Takei

LOS ANGELES — Star Trek actor George Takei will be honored during the C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Literary Project awards show at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4716 W. Washington Blvd.

The event, hosted by the Inner City Cultural Center’s alumni, features theatre-related educational panel discussions scheduled from noon – 6 p.m. Nov. 5.

The award show kicks off the two-day event; celebrating the center’s founder, C. Bernard Jackson and his legacy. Takei will be issued the Inner City Essence Award. Tickets are $40, or $30 for seniors and students.

Information: (213) 234-1717.

Minority contractors

to present awards

LOS ANGELES — The National Association of Minority Contractors will host its 17th annual awards dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd.

The contractors’ local chapter will honor the association’s 2016 minority contractor of the year Rhonda Jackson, CEO of Décor Interior Design; and its 2016 major corporate partner Kaiser Permanente’s director of diversity services, Steve Lamar.

This year’s theme is “Diversity in Construction Building a Stronger Foundation.”

The Spirit Awards including Minority Business Advocate will go to Veronica Soto, program director of Emerald Cities Los Angeles; Visionary of the Year, to Bonnie James, president and CEO of BRJ & Associates; and Legislator of the Year to Mayor James T. Butts of Inglewood.

Information: (323) 296-8005.

Women’s task force

hosts AIDS summit

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Women’s HIV/AIDS Task Force is hosting its ninth annual treatment summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

The host, which works to empower, educate and mobilize women and girls, will offer treatment information and support services.

The summit is supported by the Black Women’s Health Project; a nonprofit organization working to improve the health of black women and girls.

Information: (424) 261-4426.

District to discuss

students’ success

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A community discussion is scheduled to address the question of what should be the goals and investments of the L.A. Unified School District from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Susan Dorsey High School, 3537 Farmdale Ave.

Parents, students, educators and community members are invited to discuss the district’s local control accountability plan, a new statewide system for funding public schools.

School board members and city and state officials will facilitate the discussion.

Information: (323) 292-4328. 

Support group stages

child trauma forum

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A library support group is staging a community discussion to address early-childhood education, and preventable childhood traumas. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Angeles Mesa Public Library, 2700 W. 52nd St.

The discussion, organized by Friends of the Angeles Mesa Branch Library, features Children’s Hospital’s health education associate Chantel Ponder, a specialist in injury prevention, who will describe frequent childhood traumas and offer prevention techniques.

Information: (323) 292-4328. 

Celebrities to bowl

for charities

STUDIO CITY — TV actors Serayah McNeill and Chris Spenser, and radio personality Big Boy will bowl for 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 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is scheduled. Tickets are $50.

Information: (310) 827-9727.

Church hosts annual

prostate cancer event

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The 13th annual Free Prostate Cancer Education and Screening forum will be held 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.

TV show stage

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 features a surprise guest speaker; and 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, JazzAntiqua 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 are $30, and mezzanine tickets are $20.

Information: (323) 964-9766.

Compiled by Billie Jordan. 

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