L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: South Park synthetic soccer fields open

SOUTH PARK — Hundreds of local children from the 9th Council District gathered at South Park recently to celebrate the grand opening of the new synthetic soccer fields.

The kids were greeted by Councilman Curren D. Price Jr., representatives of the Department of Recreation and Parks and soccer hall of famer Hugo Perez.

The completion of the synthetic turf fields marked the first phase of a $12 million, seven-phase makeover, which will include restoration of the original Palm Alley with picnic areas and game tables; upgrades to the basketball courts and baseball fields; outdoor fitness areas and more.

The 19-acre park is the largest public green space in the heart of the 9th Council District. The complete face-lift is scheduled to be finished by 2020.

Since taking office in 2013, Price has championed much-needed repairs and improvements to historically underfunded neighborhood parks — helping to invest more than $35 million in renovations across local parks districtwide.

Donations sought for

youth service trip

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Donations are needed to send top students from charter and public schools in South Los Angeles and Watts on a trip to Washington, D.C. to complete a community service project.

In addition, the students will tour the White House, the Pentagon, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Martin Luther King Monument, Howard University, the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial.

Each student requires $750 for the flight, lodging and expenses from Los Angeles. The trip will take place April 27-30.

Tax-deductible receipts are available. To make a donation or sponsor a youth, contact Edwin Louis Henderson, LAPD Southwest Community Relations, at (323) 610-8697 or Angela Amador, a teacher at Amino South Los Angeles Charter School, at (323) 779-0544.

Authors hold talk

about publishing

LEIMERT PARK — A group African-American writers will hold a conversation about publishing from 8 to 9:30 p.m. March 31 at Eso Won Books, 4327 Degnan Blvd.

The writers are part of Kimbilio, a national organization dedicated to extending, nurturing and sustaining a community of fiction writers from the African Diaspora.

AIDS organizations

to host summit

WEST ADAMS — The Black AIDS Institute and the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Treatment Advocates Network are hosting a summit, “Black Lives Matter: What’s PrEP Got to Do With It,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31, at FAME Corporations, 1968 W. Adams Blvd.

The event will address the underutilization of PrEP in black communities. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of contracting it, to prevent the infection by taking a pill every day.

Sessions include: Biomedical Science Overview; Accessing Health Insurance and Financing PrEP, Best Practices in Teaching, Prescribing and Taking PrEP. The afternoon breakout sessions will explore the Influence of Intersectionality on Black Gay, Bisexual & Other Same-Gender-Loving Men; Black Women; Black Transgender People;Black Heterosexual Men; and Black Youth.

Lunch will be served and HIV testing will take place throughout the day.

Information and registration: www.losangelesprepsummit.eventbrite.com.

Children’s future

topic of discussion

EXPOSITION PARK — The Children’s Defense Fund-California presents “Leveling the Playing Field for California’s Children,” a conversation with founder and President Marian Wright Edelman and other female leaders on the challenges that children, women, families and communities in California face from 6 to 8 p.m., March 31, at the California African-American Museum, 600 State Drive.

Guests will include state Sen. Holly Mitchell, Melina Abdullah, chair of Pan-African studies at Cal State Los Angeles and Nick Irvin, the vice president of the California Community Foundation.

RSVP: www.cdfca.org.

Community peace walk,

resource fair planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts, or LAURA, is holding a community peace walk and resource fair. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. and the fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 2, at the Fred Roberts Recreation Center, 4700 Honduras St.

Services for jobs, education and homelessness will be available as well as medical screenings, legal aid, music, live entertainment and prizes.

The theme of the event is “Breaking the Cycle of Silence” to help families in need. It commemorates the deaths of the Fuentes siblings Luis Alfonso, 10, Juan Daniel, 9, and Alexander, 8. Their father killed the brothers in a murder-suicide attempt.

Information: info@laurala.org, (323) 816-9651.

Award recognizes

MLK’s legacy

CRENSHAW — The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable will award its first Spirit of the Kings Youth Award, to mark the 48th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at 4 p.m., April 2, at 5349 S. Crenshaw Blvd.

The honor recognizes young persons who in word and deed are following in the path of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, and are working to promote justice and empowerment in their communities.

Each recipient will receive the Bronze Medal of the Congressional Gold Medal minted to honor Coretta and Martin Luther King, as well as the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable’s cash Impact Micro Award.

Information: (323) 383-6145,

Church celebrates

99th anniversary

INGLEWOOD — Second AME Zion Church is celebrating its 99th anniversary at 3:30 p.m., April 3, at 3612 W. 64th St.

The theme is  “We Are One in the Spirit,” Ephesians 4:3-6. Bishop W. Darin Moore will serve as the speaker.

Dinner will be served prior to the service. Information: (310) 412-1674.

Community bike ride

addresses hunger

WATTS —“Bridge the Meal Gap,” a seven-mile community bike ride through the streets of Watts will begin at 9 a.m., April 2 at Ted Watkins Memorial Park, 1335 E. 103rd St.

The event, which is hosted by the Department of Social Services and Eastside Riders Bike Club, aims to raise awareness about the issue of food insecurity in L.A. County.

Compiled by Anne Artley. 

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