L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Kendrick Lamar to lead Compton parade

COMPTON — Rapper Kendrick Lamar, a native of Compton, will serve as the grand marshal of the 2015 Compton Christmas Parade.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12 and travels west on Compton Boulevard from Bullis Road to Alameda Street.

Lamar has the most nominations, 11, for the 2016 Grammy awards, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and song of the year for “Alright.”

For more information and the latest on the parade follow the city of Compton on Twitter at @ComptonCityHall, Instagram at @ComptonCityHall and on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComptonCityCA.

Church to host

holiday concert 

CRENSHAW — The West Angeles Church of God in Christ, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd., is staging its 10th annual Christmas at the Cathedral Holiday Concert free of charge at 7 p.m., Dec. 13.

Comedian George Wallace will serve as the host of the evening’s music and theatrical performances. Other guests include: Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy and the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Mass Choir.

Information: (213) 375-8799

Toys collected for

handicapped kids

WATTS — The Community group Women of Watts is accepting toys and blankets for handicapped kids for their 12th annual Holiday Toy and Cheer Drive. Drop-off is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Dec. 19 at Mt. Calvary Assembly, 1920 E. 103rd St.

Information: Lydia Friend: (323) 252-5901.

Sunday school throws

Christmas party

CRENSHAW — The Virtuous Women of West Angeles Sunday School class will host their annual Christmas celebration from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12, in the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Crystal Room at 3045 Crenshaw Blvd.

The event includes a hot breakfast, musical entertainment, retail vendors and holiday themed mini-seminars. This year’s theme is “Love Came Down: A Committed Christ Coming to a Dying World (Phillipians 2:2-16).”

Entertainment producer Holly Carter (Oxygen’s “Preachers of L.A.” series and BET’s “106 & Gospel”) will serve as the keynote speaker.

Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by cash or check until Dec. 11.

Information: (323) 314-5238 or virtuouswomen.we@live.com.

Neighborhood welcomes

holiday shoppers

LEIMERT PARK — Local merchants and Rep. Maxine Waters present Walk, Talk, Shop and Eat from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Dec. 19.

The event begins at Gallery Plus, 4330 Degnan Blvd., and continues with a Christmas dinner buffet at 3:30 p.m. at Community Build, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Suite 102.

RSVP: (323) 292-3009, bwfonline@gmail.com

Pastors wives

launch health day

INGLEWOOD — A coalition of pastors’ wives from Los Angeles and Orange County are holding a Health Empowerment Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 12, at New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 434 S. Grevillea Ave.,Inglewood.

The event marks the launch of a new national print and digital HIV testing campaign featuring the first ladies. Free tests for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes and hypertension will be available, and the American Red Cross will provide emergency preparedness training.

Information: Francine Knowles: Fknowles@danielleashley.com, (312) 403-0023

Youth symphony

performs in concert

WATTS — The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory & Youth Symphony is throwing the fifth annual Christmas Holiday Recital from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15, at 1339 E. 120th St.

Jazz and blues artist Barbara Morrison will give a guest performance. A complimentary buffet is included. Seating is limited.

Information: Billy Mitchell: (626) 793-8706 or www.sappa.net.

Community council

plans general meeting

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Park Mesa Heights Community Council invites all residents, business owners and church representatives within the boundaries of Hyde Park, Angeles Mesa or View Heights, to attend a general meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at Angeles Mesa Elementary School, 2611 W. 52nd St.

Meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month. A light breakfast is provided.

Information: (323) 298-6124 or email to info@pmhcc90043.org.

Concert to benefit

nonprofit groups

BEVERLY HILLS — The Los Angeles Urban League and production company Morning Jewel, Inc. present “A New Day: Concert for a Cause,” at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd.

The event will feature artists in the music, comedy, dance, film and television industries who are donating their performances to nonprofit organizations such as the Urban League and the KIS Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease.

Celebrity hosts include multi-Grammy award winner Patrice Rushen as the musical director and Broadway star Jeffrey Polk as the events director.

Tickets: (800) 745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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