L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Officials hold tax, financial planning workshop

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — City Controller Ron Galperin joined City Council President Herb Wesson and City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson and financial planners and advisers April 1 for a free workshop to provide tax and financial planning advice to residents.

The elected officials joined representatives of several other community organizations to offer tax tips in advance of the federal filing deadline, which is April 18 this year.

More than 20 people attended the forum at the Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave.

The elected officials, financial planners and tax counselors advised attendees to save receipts for child-care services for tax purposes, to check whether they qualify for federal and state earned income tax credits, to lock away vital documents in a fireproof safe and make a digital backup, and to direct a portion of their income to 401(k) and similar retirement plans that offer tax benefits.

The forum included a number of valuable points for taxpayers, including advice on setting financial goals and writing down their monthly expenses, said Lois Nelson, vice chair of the Empowerment Congress Southwest Neighborhood Development Council and a resident of Vermont Knolls.

D.A. Jackie Lacey

to receive award

UNIVERSAL CITY — The Los Angeles Police Museum will honor Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey with the Jack Webb award at a reception at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive.

The award honors community members who have demonstrated dedication to law enforcement. It is named for the actor who portrayed Sgt. Joe Friday, a fictional L.A. police detective on the television show “Dragnet.”

The event includes a live auction and live music.

C.L. Max Nikias, the president of USC, will serve as the honorary dinner chair and special guest presenter.

Tickets: http://2017jackwebbawards.laphs.org/tickets/.

Festival raises

funds for nonprofit

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Community Services Unlimited, a nonprofit organization, is hosting an Earth Day fundraiser, “Take Back the Block,” from 2 to 7 p.m. April 8 at 6569 S. Vermont Ave.

The event is free, but a $20 donation is requested.

Entertainment includes live music, vendors and activity booths featuring hands-on gardening, children’s art activities and a bike safety workshop and bike ride.

Art exhibit honors

Black Panthers

LOS ANGELES — The art exhibit “ICONIC: Black Panther” will open with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. April 8, at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery, 978 Chung King Road.

The exhibit features original work from the Panthers combined with that of local and internationally recognized artists, including Emory Douglas, Shepard Fairey, Robbie Conal and Pilar Aguero-Esparza.

The exhibit runs until May 14.

Pancake breakfast

helps crime victims

CARSON — Justice for Murdered Children is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week from 8 a.m. to noon, April 9, 601 University Drive.

The event includes a raffle and live entertainment.

Information: (310) 547-5362, or jfmc1995@yahoo.com.

Gala honors

homeless advocates

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers will hold its Spirit of Healing Gala and awards at 5:30 p.m. April 8, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave.

Three advocates for the homeless and underserved will receive awards: county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, actor Justin Baldoni and Dolores Mission school Principal Karina Moreno Corgan.

The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers provides low-cost and no-cost health care services throughout Skid Row, Boyle Heights and South L.A.

Tickets: $175 at www.lachc.com.

Police station

hosts support group

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A support group for families of murdered victims will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 in the community room of the 77th Street Police Station, 7600 S. Broadway.

Information: (310) 547-JFMC or jfmc1995@yahoo.com.

Production explores

Puerto Rican culture

CARSON — The Cal State Dominguez-Hills Department of Theatre and Dance will perform “The Promise,” a magical realist play, at 8 p.m. April 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. April 9 in the Edison Studio Theatre, 1000 E. Victoria St.

The play, written by award-winning Puerto Rican playwright José Rivera, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers. While it shares themes similar to “Romeo and Juliet,” the work is also an allegory of the loss of Puerto Rican culture to American influence.

“The Promise” contains some adult language and situations, and is intended for a mature audience.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are available.

Tickets: www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets or call (310) 243-3589.

USC fraternity

leads 5K run

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Eta Delta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity at USC hosts a five-kilometer run/walk at 8 a.m. April 8 at the University Park Campus.

The run will begin in Pardee Plaza, which is located across the street from the Expo Park/USC Metro station, 661 Exposition Blvd. The course will lead participants on two laps through the USC campus.

The proceeds will benefit 3Strands Global Foundation, an international, California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking.

Registration: https://3sgf.org/races/cites/USC.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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