L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: United Way run/walk fights homelessness

EXPOSITION PARK — As part of United Way’s plan to impact poverty in Los Angeles County, the organization will host its ninth annual HomeWalk, a 5K run/walk Nov. 21 to raise public awareness and funds to end homelessness.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will double every fundraising dollar.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the run begins at 9 a.m., on the South Lawn in front of the Natural History Museum, 700 Exposition Park Drive. Registration is $20 for walkers and runners.

Information: (424) 204-9962.

Student essay contest

draws on politics

LOS ANGELES — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Southern California is holding an essay and oratorical contest as a part of King Legacy Week 2016.

The essay topic and theme calls for critical thinking about the political landscape in a time of the tragedies of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Tamir Rice. Students are asked to consider the current movement of young African Americans pushing back against a system that disenfranchises them and respond with what they would like to see from elected officials.

The contests are open to all Southern California middle and high school students to compete in two categories: Grades 6 through 8 and Grades 9 through 12, with the finalists receiving cash prizes. All entries must be submitted no later than Dec. 20.

The application and official rules can be found at www.SCLC-SC.org beginning Dec. 1.

Applications and essays must be submitted via email to Juanita Hamilton at sustainingpeace@aol.com with a copy also submitted to Jamie Wright at jamie.wrightesq@gmail.com. Applications and essays must be sent to both individuals in order to qualify. Failure to follow the exact rules will result in automatic disqualification.

Information: SCLCsocal@gmail.com.

Church hosts

dinner for homeless

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Love, Peace and Happiness Family Christian Fellowship Church is hosting its annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner, free of charge, to the homeless and others in need immediately following the 11:15 a.m. worship service Nov. 22 at 4951 S. Figueroa St.

Volunteers are needed as well as food donations. There will be a meeting for all volunteer workers at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 21 at the church.

Information: (562) 806-9890 of lovepeacehappin@aol.com.

Workshop advises

minority contractors

LOS ANGELES — Attorney and financial advisor Caprice L. Collins, of Collins Law Group, is presenting a free workshop to members of the National Association of Minority Contractors, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at 3450 W. Mount Vernon Drive.

The session, “What Every Successful Contractor Should Know About Estate Planning and Asset Protection,” includes a free, one-hour consultation with the speakers on how proper planning can benefit individuals and families.

RSVP at (310) 677-9787, ext. 10 or on www.collinslawgroup.com.

Farmers market

welcomes 30 vendors 

INGLEWOOD — The Social Justice Learning Institute presents the Inglewood Certified Farmers Market from 3 to 7 p.m., Nov. 19 on Market Street between Manchester Boulevard and Nutwood Street.

Shoppers can explore more than 30 booths selling produce, prepared and pre-packaged foods, handicrafts and locally made products. Attendees can also enjoy cooking demonstrations, nutrition education and live entertainment.

Vendors accept CalFresh, WIC vouchers and offer Market Match funds provided by USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program.

If you are interested in volunteering, email Myca Tran at mtran@sjli-cp.org or call (323) 952-7363.

Artist to conduct

mixed-media workshop

EXPOSITION PARK — Learn how to combine yarn and paint to make one-of-a-kind colorful canvases in a workshop led by artist Nzuji de Magahlahães, from 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 21, at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive.

The workshop is free and open to the public. It is part of the programming related to the CAAM exhibition “Hard Edged,” which features the work of this artist.

The exhibition explores the practice of geometrical abstraction in contemporary art, not only in painting but also in other mediums such as photography, video and quilting.

Information: www.caamuseum.org. RSVP: (213) 744-2024.

Documentary covers

historic female band

EXPOSITION PARK — “The Girls in the Band” tells the stories of the 17 girls who comprised The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female band that rivaled many famous male bands in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. It screens at 2 p.m., Nov. 22, at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive.

The short film is directed by Judy Chaiken, and juxtaposes with the current CAAM exhibition “Coloring Independently,” which exhibits some of the band’s images.

Information: www.caamuseum.org. RSVP preferred: (213) 744-2024.

Compiled by Anne Artley. 

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