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L.A. DIGEST: Pepperdine black alumni host concert

LONG BEACH — The Pepperdine University Black Alumni Council will host its fourth annual Sound Investment Benefit Concert from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive.

The goal of the event is to raise scholarship funds for African-American students at the five schools of Pepperdine University.

Award-winning saxophonist Mark Allen Felton and jazz band the Groove Alliance will perform with a backdrop of the Long Beach skyline and ocean view.

Tickets are $65 each with a VIP ticket package costing $130.

Information: (310) 506-6190.

Museum opens

Olympics exhibit

EXPOSITION PARK — An exhibition depicting the 1936 Olympics in Berlin is now on at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive

The exhibit, billed as “Politics, Race, and Propaganda: The Nazi Olympics, Berlin 1936,” is an overview of the infamous games hosted by the Nazi Party.

Although the games are primarily associated with Jesse Owens’ four wins, 18 African- American athletes competed for the Unites States and won a total of 14 medals that year; refuting the Nazi myth of “Aryan” supremacy.

The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 26.

Information: (213) 744-7432.

Travel experts

explain safaries

LOS ANGELES — A travel agency is hosting a safari presentation featuring videos of excursions through five African countries from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at H. Savinar Luggage, 4625 W. Washington Blvd.

Five travel experts will give first-hand accounts of their experiences through Southern Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya. The presentation includes information about the people, wildlife and landscapes of the countries presented.

Information: (323) 938-2501.

Women’s forum

features networking

LOS ANGELES — Judge Mablean Ephriam and Cookie Johnson, wife of Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson will headline the Women’s Empowerment Forum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at the LAX Marriott hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd.

The annual Business Career and Networking Breakfast Forum features a host of prominent black professionals.

Black Women’s Network hosts the event and will honor its organizing founder Marva Smith Battle-Bey. Highlights include: major networking opportunities, a panel of speakers and breakfast. Tickets are $55, or $75 at the door.

Information: (323) 964-4003.

College hosts

voting rally

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A “Voting for Peace” rally takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Los Angeles Southwest College, 1600 W. Imperial Highway. The event, considered a “call to arms,” features a meet and greet with local, state, and federal elected officials.

Dignitaries at the event will include Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters.

Highlights include a viewing of the documentary “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”

Information: (323) 754-3813.

Free children’s

book fair planned

LEIMERT PARK — A book fair for children ages 4 through 12 takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at Kaos Network, 4343 Leimert Blvd.

Local authors Jasmine Walker and Gloria Day are sponsoring the free “Creative Kids” event.  This year’s theme is literacy.

Activities include readings from local authors, writing workshops and literacy games.

Information: (302) 540-9907.

Music fest features

car and bike show

SAN PEDRO — Justice for Murdered Children is staging a three-day music festival at Ports O’ Call Village Nov. 4-6. A car and bike show is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Berth 75. Trophies will be awarded. All cars and bikes are welcome.  It costs $25 to display cars, $20 for motorcycles.

The opening “cruise night” gala goes from 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 4.

The event includes arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and food each day.

Cruise night tickets cost $5.  Patrons who pre-register before Oct. 24 will receive a discount.

Information: (310) 547-5362.

Minority contractors

host awards show

LOS ANGELES—A minority contractors association hosts its 17th annual awards dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd.

The National Association of Minority Contractors, Southern California Chapter, will honor its 2016 minority contractor of the year, and its 2016 major corporate partner.

The event’s theme is “Diversity in Construction Building a Stronger Foundation.”

The association will also grant the Minority Business Advocate, Visionary of the Year and Legislator of the Year Spirit Awards.

Information: (323) 296-8005.

Compiled by Billie Jordan.

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