L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Fourth of July activities planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – The tradition of celebrating Independence Day dates back to the late 18th century, but the observance did not become a federal holiday until 1941. Since then, the holiday has become synonymous with waving the American flag, barbecues, fun in the sun and fireworks.

Here is a list of some Fourth of July activities in South Los Angeles:

County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas, State Sen. Holly Mitchell and Los Angeles Councilman-elect Marqueece Harris-Dawson are scheduled to attend a Fourth of July community festival and fireworks show hosted by Councilman Curren D. Price from noon to 10 p.m. at Exposition Park, 3911 S. Figueroa St.

The California Science Center and California African American Museum will be free and open to the public during the day.

Information: (213) 473-7009.

Outgoing Eighth District Councilman Bernard C. Parks will host a Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza from noon to 10 p.m. at Van Ness Recreation Center, 5720 2nd Ave.

Parks, along with the city Department of Cultural Affairs, will also host “Jazz on the Hill” from noon to 5 p.m. at Norman O. Houston Park with parking located at Park Hills Community Church, 5247 Overdale Drive.

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, Barbara Morrison, is scheduled to perform.

Information: (213) 473-2381.

The California African American Museum and Target Stores will host a special evening program from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 600 State Drive

The event will feature an art workshop, performances and special seating on their lawn for event goers to watch a fireworks show, organizers said.

Information: (213) 744-2024 or caamuseum.org

Activists demand

school name change

LONG BEACH – Civil rights leaders launched a campaign June 27 to rename an elementary school named after a Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

The name of the most infamous Confederate general on a Southern California school who fought to uphold slavery and to strengthen treasonous secession is an outrage and an insult, Earl Ofari Hutchinson said in a statement.

Hutchinson said the national petition, “Rename the Robert E. Lee School Campaign,” is on www.change.org.

Metro offers support

for small businesses

LOS ANGELES – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is inviting small businesses along three rail construction project corridors to participate in Metro’s Business Interruption Fund Workshop, officials said.

Official say workshop participants will learn about the fund and receive information firsthand from program staff about how small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by Metro rail construction qualify and how to apply for the program.

On July 13, a workshop will be hosted at Metro’s Business Solution Center, 3450 Mount Vernon Drive.

Information: (213) 922-2614 or hernandezad@metro.net.

Emergency training

program offered

LOS ANGELES — A new community emergency response training course is being offered people 18 and over by a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The course offers training for people who want to be prepared to act in case of an earthquake or another major type of natural disaster.

Signups are available at: http://www.cert-la.com/basic-training.htm.


Brunch gets jazz-y


Who: Bay Entertainment

What: “Jazzism” Brunch

When: 12to4 p.m. July 4

Where: 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles

Why: Organizers say the event is a cool but funky jazz brunch that takes place the first Saturday of every month with a scrumptious brunch menu, bottomless mimosas and a live jazz band.

Information: (323) 273-6879 or info@bayentertainmentevents.com


Event benefits

Inglewood programs


Who: The Inglewood Ques

What: Mid Day Soiree

When: 2 to 8 p.m. July 5

Where: Sol Venue, 3103 E. Carson St., Carson

Why: Officials say the Fourth of July celebration will feature BBQ dinners, a domino tournament, outdoor cigar lounge and more. All proceeds benefit Phi Beta Beta Chapter programs in Inglewood,

Information: (323) 364-2760 or phibetabeta@gmail.com


Class teaches

etiquette for youth


Who: On Your Toes Dance Studios

What: Etiquette Classes for Kids

When: 6 to 7 p.m. July 9 to August 13
Nakaoka Community Center, 1670 W. 162nd St., Gardena

Why: The weekly etiquette class for young boys and girls will teach how to show respect to others, proper table manners, proper conversations, shaking hands properly, and much more in this six week course, officials said.

Information: (323) 289-5326 or Michelle@MShannonConsulting.com


Greek play comes

to Holden Arts Center 


Who: Ebony Repertory Theatre

What: “The Gospel at Colonus,” a musical

When: 8 p.m. from June 20 to July 19

Where: Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles

Why: A soul-stirring dramatic musical which takes place within the framework of a Pentecostal church service set against the tragic Greek background of the story of “Oedipus at Colonus,” in which the exiled king Oedipus seeks a place where he may be properly buried, organizers said.

Information: (323) 964-9766 or www.ebonyrep.org 


Therapy found

in music event


Who: Upscale Salon

What: Music Therapy Tuesday

When: 7 p.m. July 8
Stirs Bar Restaurant and Lounge, 13359 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Why: Come an experience an atmosphere that’s comfortable and laid back, real music and classy people, organizers said.

 Information: (818) 785-6746 or Elenitanelson@sbcglobal.net

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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