L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Meeting to discuss El Niño preparations

HAWTHORNE — Assemblywoman Autumn Burke will host an El Niño preparedness meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Jan.8 at Hawthorne Memorial Center, 3901 W. El Segundo Blvd.

Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Southern California Edison, and Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management will present information on how residents can keep their homes and community safe during this winter’s El Niño storms.

Compton offers

free sandbags

COMPTON — As the first major storm of 2016 hits the Southland, the city of Compton has announced that sandbags are available.

Residents of Compton may pick up free sandbags at the Compton Fire Station No. 1, 201 S. Acacia Ave.

Sand may be acquired for free at the Public Works Yard, 458 S. Alameda Ave.

Sandbag pickup is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and sand is available from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents must show proof of residency within the city limits to receive the free sandbags. Identification accepted includes valid driver’s licenses, California ID’s or utility bills. There is a five-bag limit.

Community services

available at mall

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Day of Service, community leaders and volunteers will provide free immigration and landlord/tenant legal services, health, dental, vision screenings, HIV/AIDS testing, and employment services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fruits and vegetables, sponsored by Trader Joe’s, will be offered at no cost to participants. Games and activities will be available in the children’s corner.

Information: http://www.adayon.org or email info@adayon.org.

Black film festival

offers wide selection

HOLLYWOOD — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is hosting its 22nd annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase and Youth Diversity Festival Jan. 15-17 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave.

More than 45 short films will screen including documentaries, animation and a day of youth only films.

The festival opens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 with its signature event, “A Great Day in Black Hollywood,” featuring a special screening and moderated discussion followed by a reception.

For a complete schedule, visit www.BHERC.org.

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 Jan. 9 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.

Play depicts

MLK’s activism

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — An original stage play, “Martin: Duty Calls,” will hold its only Los Angeles performance at 7 p.m., Jan. 15, at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd.

The play depicts the story of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., from his initial bus boycott support of Rosa Parks in 1955 to his death in 1968.

An audience discussion of King’s successes and the challenges he faced, as well as the price he paid for answering the call of duty, will take place immediately afterwards.

The event is free to the public. Information: www.martindutycalls.com.

Essay contest

finalists to read

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The six finalists in the Emerging Leaders Youth Essay/Oratorical and Art Contest will present their speeches on “Bending the Arc and Breaking Barriers for Justice in the 2016 Presidential Election” at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

This is the kick-off event for King Legacy Week, presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California.

For a complete schedule, visit: http://www.sclc-sc.org.

Southern University

alumni to gather

WESTCHESTER — Greater Los Angeles area residents who attended Southern University are invited to the Southern University Alumni, Los Angeles Chapter’s General Body Meeting and Brunch, from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 10, at Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave.

The meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. with brunch following.

Information: President Keith Mott, kmott3662@gmail.com or Membership Chair Brenda LaMotte at brendalamotte@yahoo.com (213) 276-1449 

Harp performance

pays tribute to King

INGLEWOOD — To honor Martin Luther King Jr., Sean Gaskell of North Carolina will give a performance on the kora, an ancient 21-string harp from West Africa, preceded by excerpts of King’s most famous speeches at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12, at the Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

Gaskell will feature traditional songs as well as some of his own personal compositions. He has played at numerous festivals in the U.S., Gambia and Senegal.

The kora, about 300 years old, is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. Many traditional songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

Free parking is available after 4 p.m.

Information: (310) 412-5380 or email publiclibrary@cityofinglewood.org.

Nonprofit provides

free legal clinic

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Jenesse Center Inc., a domestic violence intervention program, is giving a free legal clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22.

The clinic is meant to address those with a specific issue that falls under one of three categories: immigration, public benefits or housing.

Participants must register beforehand. To sign up, call (323) 299-9496, ext. 154, or email your name, contact information and a description of your legal issue to legalclinic@jenesse.org.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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