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L.A. DIGEST: Debbie Allen to be honored at high tea

Wave Staff Report

BEVERLY HILLS –– Los Angeles’s 21st annual First Ladies High Tea will honor actress and dancer Debbie Allen, among others, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd.

Allen, who is also a choreographer and television director and producer, will receive this year’s Icon Award.

Other honorees include Jennifer S. Newsome, wife of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom; Xernona Clayton, founder and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation; and others.

L.A. Focus, the nonprofit hosting the event, honors first ladies who have served their communities through activism and charitable contributions.

Tickets and information: https: //www.eventbrite.com/e/21st-annual-first-ladies-high-tea-tickets-48573736353.

Jenesse Center offers

youth talent contest

BALDWIN HILLS –– A youth talent contest is offering young emerging artists a chance to compete for $3,000 and an opportunity to perform at the Grammy Museum.

Youth ages 13 to 19 can submit their entries to The Jenesse Center Inc.’s “Raise Your Voice for Peace” competition until Oct. 14. Submitted songs can be originals or covers but must have uplifting or socially empowering messages.

The top five contestants will perform Nov. 10 at the Grammy Museum for the grand finale event and a chance to win the prize money, record a demo and more.

Songs will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals and runners-up will receive swag bags full of prizes.

The Jenesse Center, a nonprofit dedicated to domestic violence prevention and intervention, is leading the competition as part of its Jeneration J youth initiative, which engages young people to build healthy relationships.

“There is no argument that the arts have the ability to heal and save lives, especially for our younger generations,” said Bryson Rouzan-Thomas, executive assistant of theatrical marketing at Walt Disney Studios. “‘Raise Your Voice for Peace’ not only provides space for our youth to express themselves through music, but also an opportunity for the Jenesse Center and Jeneration J to expand upon its list of impactful programming benefiting the community for nearly 40 years and counting.”

For more information about Jeneration J, visit: JenerationJ.org.

To submit performance entries, visit: https://jenessecenterinc.submittable.com/submit.

Reception honors

local politicians

LOS ANGELES –– A fundraiser and reception honoring local political dignitaries will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at 20 Oakmont Dr.

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, CNN TV host Lisa Ling and more will be honored at the Stonewall Young Democrats event.

Proceeds will support the club’s 2018 midterm election activities to take back the House and Senate.

Tickets and information: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/heroawards2018#.

Dominguez Hills

hosts men’s summit

CARSON –– The free annual Men’s Empowerment Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St.

Presented by 102.3 KJLH, the summit will feature free medical testing as well as panels discussing criminal justice reform, veterans’ issues, health and wellness, relationships, father’s rights and building cannabis businesses.

Companies also will be on site hiring attendees.

Information: https://www.kjlhradio.com/event/102-3-kjlh-empowerment-summit/.

Fundraiser helps

arts education

WEST ADAMS –– A fundraising event to provide scholarships and access to arts education for underserved youth will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the West Angeles Performing Arts Theater, 3020 Crenshaw Blvd.

The Educational Theater Institute is producing a one-time-only performance of Ken Sagoes’ “The Seven Maids from Stockbridge,” directed by Denise Dowse.

The play tells the story of seven women who started the integration movement in the hotel industry.

Tickets and information: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3572261.

Library to hold

lifestyle workshop

HYDE PARK –– A healthy lifestyle workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

Participants will garden and learn how to maintain healthy lifestyles. The event is open to people of all ages.

Information: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/healthy-lifestyles-workshop-community-garden.

Self-care workshop

planned at residence

LEIMERT PARK –– A self-care workshop will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at a private residence in Leimert Park.

Attendees will learn how to incorporate self-care tools into their daily routines and create their own self-care plans, self-care take-home kits, learn stress-relieving exercises and more.

Tickets are $65 and lunch will be provided. The event’s address will be given to registrants.

Information and registration: LoveslovesourceLA@gmail.com.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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