L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: National Night Out activities planned

LOS ANGELES – For more than 30 years, cities across the nation have participated in National Night Out to promote police-community partnerships by hosting public events such as block parties and cookouts.

Held the first Tuesday in August, several neighborhoods and cities in the greater Los Angeles area will observe the national event.

Among them are:

• Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station National Night Out is 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Parks Hills Community Church, 5247 Overdale Drive, Los Angeles.

Information: (310) 410-7600.

• LAPD Central Community Police Station and Central City Police Boosters, Inc. will host Central’s National Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Information: (213) 486-1163.

• LAPD Newton Community Police Station and the Community Police Advisory Board will host National Night Out 2015 Lucha Libre Spectacular from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at St. Patrick’s Church, 1046 E. 34th St.

Information: (323) 846-6547.

• Carson Sheriff’s Station will host its annual Community Night Out from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 on site, 21356 S. Avalon Blvd.

Information: (310) 830-1123 or (310) 847-4018.

Ridley-Thomas to host

hospital dedication


WILLOWBROOK – County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will host a dedication ceremony for the opening of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7 on site, 1680 E. 120th St.

The hospital opened July 7 and features over a dozen services including emergency, radiology and labor and delivery. The facility replaces the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, which shut down in 2007.

Information: (213) 974-2222.

Workshop helps

with record cleaning

WEST ATHENS – Los Angeles Southwest College, 1600 W. Imperial Highway, will host a Proposition 47 Criminal Record Cleaning Workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

Individuals with felony records for certain low-level, nonviolent offenses are encouraged to attend to see if they qualify to have their record or their sentence reclassified to a misdemeanor, officials said.

The workshop’s first 100 participants will receive free Live Scan services, an electronic fingerprinting service that many employers use for background checks.

Information: www.southlaforprop47.org.

Ceremony honors

black artist Pajaud

WATTS – The Department of Cultural Affairs of the city of Los Angeles will host a Libation Ceremony for artist William Etienne Pajaud 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Watts Towers Art Center Campus, 1727 E. 107th St.

The posthumous ceremony will celebrate Pajaud’s life as a graphic artist, watercolorist and arts administrator, officials said.

Information: (213) 847-4646.

Religious leaders

discuss family values

INGLEWOOD – American Clergy Leadership Conference will host a seminar, “Women United in Heart for the Family,” at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at True Vine Baptist Church, 1437 W. Centinela Ave.

In addition to the discussion of biblical family values, the event also will feature lunch, refreshments and materials, officials said.

The organization’s co-president, Bishop Sulanch Grant Lewis from Little Rock Zion International Deliverance Ministries, will deliver a keynote speech.

Information: (714) 390-9493.

Nonprofits host

school giveaway

WATTS – Philanthropic Society Los Angeles and Children’s Institute Inc. will host their fourth annual Back to School Giveaway at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 at Ted Watkins Park, 1335 E. 103rd St.

The event will provide free backpacks, shoes and school supplies to 5,000 children and also feature a farmer’s market for families to learn tips on healthy living while trying nutritional snacks, officials said.

Pre-registration is required.

Information: (213) 260-7600 or www.childrensinstitute.org.

Compton hosts

legal clinic, rights panel

COMPTON – Mayor Aja Brown and the John M. Langston Bar Association will host a Know Your Rights Panel and free legal clinic at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Compton Civic Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave.

The free legal clinic will assist with Proposition 47 reduction services, a ballot measure passed by voters last November, which reduces “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Attorneys Rodney S. Diggs, Angela M. Powell and Jamon Hicks will be the panelists for Know Your Rights.

Information: www.langstonbar.org or langstonoutreach@gmail.com.

Free services for

South L.A. pets

Who: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

What: Free Spay/Neuter Clinic Services

When: 7 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Where: South L.A. Animal Care Center, 1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles

Why: The clinic offers additional services such as vaccines, nail trim, e-collar and microchip, according to officials.

Information: (855) 772-9752.

Class seeks

to empower girls 

Who: M. Shannon Etiquette Consulting

What: Miss Prissy Book Club for Girls

When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 to Sept. 19

Where: Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood

Why:  The weekly course will teach young girls self awareness and social skills while empowering them through a collection of books and activities, according to organizers.

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

Class helps to eliminate

fears of public speaking 

Who: Toastmasters International

What: “First Class Communicators”

When: 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Aug. 1 to Dec. 12

Where: Compton Library, 240 W. Compton Blvd., Compton

Why: Toastmasters International is the leading organization in leadership development and eliminating the fear of public speaking, officials said.

Information: (310) 877-5311.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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