L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Workshop teaches drought-friendly landscaping

INGLEWOOD – City officials will join the West Basin Municipal Water District and South Bay Cities Council of Governments to host “California Friendly Landscape Training” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at City Hall, 1 Manchester Blvd.

The course is designed to create a drought-tolerant garden using the latest sustainable materials and techniques, officials said.

Attendees will learn about water-efficient irrigation devices, rainwater capture, native plants and more, organizers said.

Information: (310) 371-4633 or www.sbesc.com.

Cultural Center plans

conference, luncheon

LOS ANGELES — The African American Cultural Center will host the National Nguzo Saba 2015 Awards Luncheon Sept. 26 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles.

It will be part of the four-day National Nguzo Saba 2015 Conference Sept. 24-27 at the Sheraton Gateway, which will feature a wide range of black scholars, activists, teachers, students and community members from around the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Nguzo Saba(The Seven Principles) of the African American Cultural Center, and the Organization Us.

Among the major presenters will be Molefi Asante, chair of African American Studies at Temple University; Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey and Mrs. Amy Ashwood Garvey; Maulana Karenga, professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Cal State Long Beach, and creator of the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa; and Haki Madhubuti, renown poet and publisher/CEO of the Third World Press.

Information: (323) 299-6124.

College prep

program resumes

CULVER CITY – 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. will host its 2015 Young Black Scholars Academic Kickoff and Orientation from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave.

The comprehensive college preparatory program for minority students brings together some of the best and brightest future leaders to participate in more than 30 workshops, seminars and conferences throughout the academic school year, organizers said.

Information: www.100bmla.net.

Assemblyman hosts

workshops for job seekers

CARSON – Assemblyman Mike Gipson will host pre-job fair workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St.

The workshops will focus on re-entry and expungement, job readiness, resume building and dressing for success, organizers said.

The two-day event will be followed by a job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the same location.

Information: (310) 223-1201 or Barry.Heads@asm.ca.gov.

Conference explores

community resources

WATTS – Crowd-funding experts, economic development professionals and community leaders from Compton, Watts, Inglewood and South L.A. will host a “Crowdfunding Better Communities Conference” at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at Beulah Baptist Church, 1454 E. 100 St.

The conference will explore new and creative ways to use alternative funding platforms to amplify the impact of the region’s local programs and create better jobs, organizers said.

Information: (530) 521-9631 or Scott@SmallBizTriage.com.

Annual dinner

to honor fathers

WESTCHESTER – Estelle for Humanity and CORE-CA will host the 14th annual “Honor Thy Father Awards Dinner” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Blvd.

Both personal and public expressions of acknowledgement are the center of this moving celebration, officials say, and most of the men are being publicly acknowledged for the very first time.

Information: (310) 927-8339 or estelleforhumanity@gmail.com.

Rally for Justice event

scheduled Sept. 19

The Muhammad Mosque No. 27 will host a “Rally For Justice” event from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Leimert Park in preparation for the Nation of Islam’s “Justice or Else” march Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C., organizers said.

The Leimert Park event — which will include presentations, entertainment and more — is designed to rally support for the Oct. 10 march, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

The national march, called by Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, will focus on justice for all disenfranchised people in the U.S., not just African Americans, organizers said.

For more information, call (323) 873-7885. 

Inglewood hosts

Latino Heritage Month

INGLEWOOD – City officials will host the Hispanic Heritage Festival and Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Crozier Middle School, 120 W. Regent St.

The free festival will feature live entertainment, Aztec and Ballet Folklorico dancers, interactive games, face painting, Mexican food, a classic car show and more, organizers said.

The event will recognize and celebrate the Hispanic and Latino American heritage, culture and contributions, officials said.

Information:  (310) 412-8750 or (310) 412-8601.

Gala benefits survivors

of domestic abuse

Who: Face Forward

What: Sixth annual Gala

When: 6 p.m. at Sept. 20

Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, 506 S. Grand Ave., Downtown L.A.

Why: Face Forward’s annual charity gala benefits women and children suffering from domestic violence, organizers said.

Information: (818) 825-5798 or sam@itgirlpublicrelations.com.

Black family conference

held at Dominguez Hills

Who: Awaken the Greatness

What: Third annual Black Family Conference

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sep. 19

Where: Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St

Why: The conference is partnering with the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute to address this year’s theme of “Black Families Matter,” officials said.

Information: (323) 743-3660 or info@awakenthegreatness.org.

Event highlights

voter registration

Who: UFCW local 770 and Southern Poverty Law Center

What: “From Brown to Bethel…” – a National Voter Registration Day event

When: 3 p.m. Sept. 20

Where: Bethel A.M.E. Church, 7900 Western Ave., Los Angeles

Why: Guest speakers include Rev. John E. Cager III and County Registrar Dean Logan with special performances from SCLC-SoCal Freedom Singers, organizers said.

Information: (323) 750-3240.

Genealogy group hosts

general meeting

Who: California African American Genealogical Society

What: General Meeting

When: 11:45 a.m. Sept. 19

Where: 4130 Overland Ave., Culver City

Why: The genealogy group is gearing up for a major conference it will host in March 2016, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary, according to officials.

Information: (323) 806 5634. 

Book club hosts conference on victoriously living

Who: W.I.T.N.E.S.S. Book Club

What: 20th annual of “Living Victoriously Women’s Conference”

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26

Where: Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC, 3540 S. Figueroa St.

Why: Women Inspired Through Networking Elements Sister to Sister (W.I.T.N.E.S.S.) Book Club is a unique literary ministry designed to equip women with the tools to live victoriously mind, body and spirit, through the study of Christian non-fiction literature and biblical themes, organizers said.

Information: (424) 241-3470 or www.witnessbookclub.com.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore. 

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