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L.A. DIGEST: TV producer to keynote girls summit

Wave Staff Report

UNIVERSITY PARK — Author, writer and executive producer Shonda Rhimes will be the keynote speaker for a leadership summit meant to promote civic engagement from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the USC Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa St.

The Girls Build Leadership Summit –– hosted by the LA Promise Fund in partnership with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote –– will bring together thousands of middle- and high-school girls for a program focused on voter registration and turnout in anticipation of the mid-term elections.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and several students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida also will speak.

Information: http://www.lapromisefund.org/girls-build/.

Crenshaw alumni

to hold gala event

MANHATTAN BEACH –– A gala celebrating Crenshaw High School alumni will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 13 at the Westdrift Hotel, 1400 Parkview Ave.

The event, hosted by the Crenshaw High School Alumni Association, will celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary with the help of KJLH’s on-air personality Adai Lamar.

The event also will induct honorable alumni into the Crenshaw Hall of Fame. Some notable alumni will include “American Ninja Warrior” co-host Akbar Gbaja Biamila, Inglewood Mayor James Butts, George Johnson of the Brothers Johnson, former UCLA and NBA player Marques Johnson and more.

The event is sold out but information can be found at https://www.chsaa1969.org/50th-anniversary-celebration.

FAME to host

resource fair

JEFFERSON PARK –– A resource fair and voter registration drive will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd.

The African American Voter Turnout Group will present #VoteFest, featuring more than 300 Corvettes, motorcycles and classic cars that’ll encircle the campus to encourage people to register to vote.

Information: www.famechurch.org or call (323) 735-1251.

Museum to preview

exhibits for fall

SOUTH LOS ANGELES –– Angelenos are invited to a preview and opening celebration for the California African American Museum’s fall exhibitions from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at CAAM, 600 State Drive.

“The Notion of Family,” “Los Angeles Freedom Rally, 1963” and “Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush” are among the exhibitions to open.

The preview will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by the opening celebration from 7 to 9 p.m., which will feature DJ sets and food trucks.

Information: https://caamuseum.org/.

Musician offers


SOUTH LOS ANGELES –– An afternoon with Charles Wright, legendary soul and funk singer of the hit “Express Yourself,” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the AC Bilbrew Library, 150 E. El Segundo Blvd.

Wright, who also is the author of “Up From Where We’ve Come,” is offering scholarships to students in need of financial assistance and is looking to learn about the stories of college-bound students to help them defray the cost of education.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story is a special guest.

Application deadline is Jan. 30 and applicants will be notified of their selection by mid-May.

Information: www.expressyourself.net.

Candidate for judge

to headline forum

LEIMERT PARK –– Holly Hancock, a candidate for Los Angeles Superior Court judge, will headline a community social justice forum from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Hot & Cool Cafe, 4331 Degnan Blvd.

Hancock will be joined by USC’s Sharoni Little, a Compton Community College Board trustee; Maryam Zar, city commissioner; and others to discuss homelessness, health care, police relations and criminal and juvenile justice reform.

Information: Hancock4Judge.com.

Clothing giveaway

planned Sept. 29

LEIMERT PARK –– The 12th bi-annual Children’s Clothing Giveaway will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at 2719 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Children’s Clothing Giveaway Inc. is a nonprofit that collects new and used children’s toys, books, clothing, and baby and school supplies to redistribute to those in foster, displaced and low-income families.

Information: http://www.childrensclothinggiveaway.org or call (310) 340-2240.

Black girls coding

event to be held

VENICE –– Girls ages 7 to 17 can learn a program used to develop a simple virtual reality experience starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 at Google Venice, 340 Main St.

The Black Girls Code event will teach girls simple code while introducing them to technology and encouraging them to pursue careers as entrepreneurs and tech creators.

No prior computing experience is necessary and attendees needn’t bring laptops.

The event is $35 and registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Register: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/parents.html.

Scholarship opportunities: http://bit.ly/BGCScholarships.

Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-girls-code-los-angeles-chapter-presents-a-virtual-reality-experience-tickets-49177977655?.

Councilman offers

job skills workshop

HARVARD PARK––A work readiness event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Jackie Tatum Harvard Park Gymnasium, 1535 W. 62nd St.

Presented by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, the event will feature a job skills workshop, record expungement, free professional attire, worksource center registration and transportation and state ID card discounts.

Information and registration: https://www.layouthatwork.org/2018_jsw_cd8_0929.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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