L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: UNCF to conduct annual walk

EXPOSITION PARK – KTLA-5 News Anchor Chris Schauble will host the United Negro College Fund’s annual Walk for Education at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 15, which will start at the corner of Menlo Avenue and Coliseum Drive.

Community members, corporations and friends of UNCF are invited to participate in helping youth get the education to get to and through college, organizers said.

The event also will feature food, prizes, awards and surprise guests, officials said.

Information: (213) 639-3800 or Carolyn.Trader@UNCF.org.

Black prosecutors

discuss police brutality

JEFFERSON PARK – The Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles will host “Removing the Veil: Police-Community-Justice” from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

“There is not a focused discussion for the role of prosecutors in the [criminal justice system],” said Bobby Grace, Deputy District Attorney for the county of Los Angeles. “So we wanted to make sure that people know what the prosecutor’s role is and how we go about handling officer misconduct cases.”

Organizers confirmed several speakers will join the panel including Deputy Chief Bill Scott from the Los Angeles Police Department, Deputy District Attorney Gilbert Wright and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mack Jenkins from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Information: MHumphrey@da.lacounty.gov

Elected officials unveil

support for Watts

WILLOWBROOK – U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn and other elected officials at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E. 120th St.

Williams, the keynote speaker, will address the Economic Development Administration’s ongoing commitment to and support of the economic development efforts in the Watts community and in communities across the nation, officials said.

Workshop addresses

business solutions

CULVER CITY – The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce and Southern California Edison will host “EDGE Business Workshop Series” starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Four Points by Sheraton L.A. Westside, 5990 Green Valley Circle.

EDGE – Entrepreneurial Development Growth Education – speakers will explain how to determine and manage risks and evaluate operational structure and internal processes, organizers said.

The series is a  “technical assistance program to increase profits and capacity building for small businesses,” officials said.

Information: (323) 292-1297 or info@glaaacc.org.

Back-to-school supplies

provided at give-away

CULVER CITY – A Child’s Dream will host its annual Back-to-School Giveaway at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 S. Overland Ave.

The organization has prepared backpacks, school supplies and other items for 500 children, organizers said.

The giveaway is open to the community, officials said, but children must be present to accept the items.

Information:(424) 543-4020 or shereebielecki@gmail.com.

Town hall meeting

addresses water issues

INGLEWOOD – The West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors will host a town hall meeting on water saving tips and drought information at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 15 at Hollywood Park, 3883 W. Century Blvd.

Experts from West Basin, along with water representatives from Golden State Water Company, California Water Service Company and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will give updates on drought conditions and restrictions, tips on how to find free water conservation programs and rebates, officials said.

Information: info@westbasin.org.

Artist displays

work at library

MARINA DEL REY — South Los Angeles artist Al Hornsby is displaying some of his artwork at the Lloyd Taber Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, through the month of August.

Hornsby says is knowledge of art is heavily influenced by European culture, but he also has pieces that lean toward social commentary, especially pertaining to celebrities.

He said the exhibit will change throughout the month as he displays different pieces he has created over the years, including a drawing of Michael Jackson he plans to exhibit the last week of the month in observance of Jackson’s birthday, which is Aug. 26.

Library hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: (310) 821-3415.

A painting of Gloria Allred is one of the pieces of art by Al Hornsby  that will be on display at the Lloyd Taber Marina Del Rey Library during August.
A painting of Gloria Allred is one of the pieces of art by Al Hornsby that will be on display at the Lloyd Taber Marina Del Rey Library during August.

Zumba celebration

to be held in mall

Who: South Bay Pavilion

What: Zumba Fitness Four-year Anniversary Island Party

When: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Aug. 15

Where: South Bay Pavilion, 20700 Avalon Blvd., Carson

Why: Come out and celebrate South Bay Pavilion’s Zumba Fitness Four Year Anniversary Island Party where the first 100 guests will receive free leis and tote bags upon entry, officials said.

Information: (310) 366-6629 or guestservices@vintage-vre.com

Class aims 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.

Coalition hosts

expungement clinic 

Who: City of Compton, Crossroads United Methodist Church and Legal Aid Foundation

What: Expungement clinic, “Fresh Start: A Day of Restoration”

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15

Where: Crossroads United Methodist Church, 2354 N. Wilmington Ave., Compton

Why: Trained volunteers will assist participants in clearing up to three convictions from their record, organizers said.

Information: (310) 639-3136.

Learn how to

start a business

Who: Vernon Slauson Economic Development Corporation

What: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Training ETP I

When: 9:30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Aug. 15 to 22

Where: Business Enterprise Center, 6109 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles

Why: Learn how to start your own business in three weeks with classes beginning the first Saturday of every month, organizers said.

Information: (323) 789-4515 or elliott@vsedc.org.

Birthday fundraiser

held for local musician 

Who: A coalition of musicians

What: A “Heartfelt Birthday and Get Well Fundraiser” for Taumbu, a legendary conga musician.

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15

Where: The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Suite 101, Leimert Park

Why: The event will feature alumni of The Taumba International Ensemble including Matt Amper and Don Littleton, The Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Band and Eddie Resto and many more, organizers said.

Information: (323) 350-1962.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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