L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Metro plans community festival March 21

LEIMERT PARK – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will host a community festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 in Leimert Park Village.

Festivities include yoga, arts and crafts and a chance to win $1,000 when attendees shop at participating local vendors. Street signs and detour routes will lead drivers directly to the festival.

The event is part of a program, “Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw” which aims to support businesses affected by the Crenshaw/LAX light rail construction. Metro officials are asking consumers to pledge their support by shopping, dining and visiting local small businesses. By doing so, customers may be eligible to win cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000.

Information: (213) 922-7264.

Supervisors approve

Metro proposal

WEST ATHENS – Construction on a transportation hub near a Metro Green line station is underway after the Board of Supervisors approved $471,000 for its development at its March 17 meeting.

The hub proposal, authored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, will be within a half-mile radius of the Vermont and Athens Station.

Ridley-Thomas said bringing transportation hubs to communities will provide jobs, mobility, economic development and revitalization to the area.

LAUSD adopts

transparency plan

LOS ANGELESThe Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education approved a financial transparency and accessibility resolution at its meeting March 10.

Board members requested the district provide budget information that is “accessible and understandable” to the public by the end of calendar year 2015, a district spokesperson said.

“Creating greater budget transparency serves parents and students. Access to information is access to power,” said school board member Monica Ratliff.

In another move to engage the public, the district announced March 18 that it is asking students, parents, guardians and school staff to rate schools through a new poll.

The School Experience Survey will ask questions concerning school quality including student leadership opportunities, safety, cleanliness and more.

Students will receive a survey to take home for their parents or guardians, who can also complete it online at reportcard.lausd.net .

Information: (213) 241-5600 or reportcard@lausd.net.

Plaza hosts music,

entrepreneurs programs

CRENSHAW — The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will host a live band in its Center Court from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 20 and 27.

A fusion of Latin and world rhythms will be performed by Latin Jazz Syndicate during the concert series.

Information: (323) 290-4201.

The plaza will also host a youth conference, “Be Your Own Boss,” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 21, presented by Committing to Uplifting Single Parents.

The event will feature speakers sharing their stories of creating start-up businesses; provide information on resources and advice; and offer attendees an opportunity to network

Information: (323) 682-8085 or rrene@cusporg.org. 

Barbara Morrison center

plans concert series

LEIMERT PARK – Cake Theatre Center will host an ongoing concert, “Who’s That Lady,” from 8 p.m. to 9:30 beginning March 20 to April 12 at Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd.

The production, directed by Keenan Zeno, will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Tremaine Hawkins, Barbara Morrison and Mahalia Jackson.

Information: (213) 909-3791.

Sorority hosts

regional conference

LOS ANGELES – The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Beta Phi Chapter of Compton will host its 50th Far Western Regional Conference from March 20 to 22 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 9750 Airport. Blvd.

On March 21, the sorority will hold its Vital Issues Breakfast and Awards Banquet. This year’s theme is “Issues Impacting the Success of African American Students’— Education-Home-School-Community.”

Information: dkm3196@gmail.com.

Compton kicks off

health initiative

COMPTON – Mayor Aja Brown announced a pop-up farmers market, called “Crops Circles,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at Civic Plaza, 205 S. Willowbrook Ave.

The kick-off event for the year-long campaign, “Healthy Compton,” will feature free bags of fresh produce, health screenings, cooking and workout demonstrations.

Members of the Los Angeles Sparks and Galaxy, will join DJ Asher Roth at the event.

Information: (310) 761-1474.

Torch Awards

celebrate women

MARINA DEL REY – Legacy Ladies will host its 11th annual Torch Awards from 5 to 10 p.m. March 21 at the Ritz Carlton, 4375 Admiralty Way.

The evening will honor distinguished leaders and award scholarships to participants of From the School House to the White House Leadership Program.

Information: (310) 335-0291 or cazz3j@aol.com.

Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency will host its celebration and award program, “Women Down Through the Centuries,” from 4 to 9 p.m. March 22 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 252 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.

The award presentation will feature dinner, entertainment by harpist Mariea Antoinette and beauty giveaways.

Organizers are asking attendees to donate a new teddy bear for sick and homeless children.

Information: mothernature7@gmail.com.

Comics crack

love jokes

LOS ANGELES – The California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, will host a comedy show, “The Funny of Love and Romance,” at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. March 22.

Comedians Yvonne Orji, Daheli Hall, Ayana Hampton and Kimrie Davis will riff on love and romance, according to organizers.

Information: (213) 744–2024.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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