L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: United Way HomeWalk raises $1 million

LOS ANGELES — Almost 12,000 people participated in the 10th annual HomeWalk Nov. 19, setting a record and raising more than $1 million to help end homelessness, organizers said.

Elise Buik, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson spoke before the 5-kilometer walk/run held at Grand Park for the first time. It was previously held in Exposition Park.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation matched every $5,000 a person or team raised with another $5,000, up to $400,000, according to the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which conducts the walk in connection with its “Creating Pathways out of Poverty” plan.

The HomeWalk has raised more than $7.5 million in its 10 years. It helped house approximately 17,000 people before this year, organizers said.

Celebrities plan

 gift drive for kids

LOS ANGELES — Comedians D.L. Hughley and Kym Whitley partner with the Special Needs Network to form a four-week Christmas gift drive from Nov. 21 through Dec. 17.

The event, called “Four Weeks of Giving,” benefits disadvantaged children, including those with autism and special needs. Organizers are requesting donations of unwrapped toys, books, and educational items.

The gift drive will culminate at the eighth annual Christmas Care Exchange Brunch and Lunch from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.

Information: (323) 291-7100.

Sparks featured

at college, career fair

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The WNBA’s Sparks organization is hosting a booth at the inaugural “Hoops and Options College and Career Fair” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd.

The free event will feature a variety of workshops on topics including sports management, the LAPD Police orientation and preparation program, and the technology and health care fields. College and career information will also be available for students grades eight and above. More than 40 colleges, including historically black colleges and universities, will attend.

Employment recruiters include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. Fire Department, Wells Fargo and more.  KJLH radio station will broadcast live at the event.

Information: (213) 700-6569.

Conservatory offers

urban musical tale

LOS ANGELES — A theatrical training institute presents “It’s a Wonderful Life… Ain’t It?,” an original musical which features a cast of 65 children ages 8 to 18 at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St.

The musical, which features choreography and spoken word, is an urban tale of three angels who help a female police officer by showing her what life would have been like if she never existed.

The Amazing Grace Conservatory hosts the event.  The organization is a community-based nonprofit co-founded by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, and teaches children ages 5 to 18 acting, voice and dance.

Tickets cost $20 before Dec. 1, and $25 after.

Information: (323) 732-4283.

World Stage features

jazz’s Charles Owens

LEIMERT PARK — The World Stage presents saxophonist Charles Owens, who will perform a jazz collection at 9 p.m. Nov. 25 at 4321 Degnan Blvd.

Owens, 74, played in many bands throughout the years, including those of Gerald Wilson, and Frank Zappa, along with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

As a session musician, he took part in recordings by musical legends including Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Barbra Streisand. Tickets are $20.

Information: (323) 293-2451.

Math tournament

planned in Carson

CARSON — A math tournament for students in grades 3 – 8 is slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Carson Community Center, 3 Civic Plaza Drive.

The free event, called the “Mother & Son, Father & Daughter Math Maze Game Tournament,” is hosted by the Academic Preparation Squad and the 100 Black Women of Carson organization.

Winners will be acknowledged in an awards ceremony following the tournament. Reservations are required.

Information: (310) 355-8795.

Baptist church

to host summit

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – A local church is hosting a two-day summit to support community members in transforming their lives Nov. 27-28 at Pilgrims Hope Baptist Church, 7106 Compton Ave.

The event, billed as a “transformation summit,” supplements the regularly scheduled service and features guest speakers throughout the day.

Speakers include the host church’s Rev. T. Delbert Robinson and several other pastors from visiting churches.

Information: (323) 581-7672.

Tuskegee airmen

mark anniversary

LOS ANGELES – The Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, 1816 S. Figueroa St.

Original Tuskegee airmen, Olympians, students, teachers, and elected officials will be in attendance.

Information: (213) 276-7827.

Compiled by Billie Jordan.

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