L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Autumn Burke holds swearing-in ceremony

PLAYA DEL REY— Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke, D-Inglewood, may be new to politics, but she has “hit the ground running” since taking office last December.

Burke held a community swearing-in ceremony in which her mother, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, administered the oath of office at the Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center Feb 21.

“My work in Sacramento and here at home is focused on access and accountability, it’s as simple as that,” Burke said. “Every Californian should have equal access to health care, jobs, and education; and every bit of state funding should come along with clear accountability.”

Theatre Festival

to attract thousands

LEIMERT PARK — Conscious Youth Global Network and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs are hosting the L.A. Youth Theatre Festival at Leimert Park Village from Feb. 26 through March 1 at the Vision Theatre, 3341 W. 43rd Place.

The festival will include performances, question and answer sessions with directors and actors, panel discussions, spoken word and more.

Information: (818) 201-8828.

Play highlights

blacks’ right to vote

LOS ANGELES — Theatre Perception Consortium adapted the story of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer into a stage production, “Sick and Tired,” and will debut it at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd.

The weekend-run play will focus on Hamer’s fight for the voting rights of blacks in Mississippi during the 1960s.

Information: (323) 552-8283.

Website offered

for college bound

LOS ANGELES—Founders of a new website are hoping it makes the college application process easier for students applying at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).

Barry Roberson Jr. and Samuel Sims Jr. launched HBCUbound.com to increase enrollment at HBCUs and facilitate a smooth transition from high school to an HBCU.

The one-stop website features information on the college process, financial aid, SAT/ACT prep, essay writing, internships and more.

Panel discusses

teen dating violence

LOS ANGELES — The Positive Results Corporation will host “Pieces of Hope, A Conversation on Teen Dating Violence and Healing” from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at New Prospect Baptist Church, 10910 S. Broadway.

A panel discussion on teen dating violence will feature survivors, crisis counselors, a psychologist and a police officer. A self-defense workshop will also be available.

Information: (323) 787-9252.

Reading programs

held in L.A. area

The National Education Association is celebrating its signature program, National Read Across America Day, by bringing its annual Cat-a-Van Reading Tour to Compton schools.

Tibby and Jefferson Elementary Schools will receive a visit by the Cat in the Hat, books and giveaways March 2.

The program hosts events and reading sources to encourage students to read.

Information: visit nea.org/readacross.

The Inglewood Public Library also will celebrate reading programs with a performance of “Duffy Does Dr. Seuss” at 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

Storyteller Duffy Hudson will perform classic works from Dr. Seuss such as “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Sneetches” and “What Was I Scared of?”

Information: (310) 412-5645.

Dorsey High

earns green honor

LOS ANGELES — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has nominated Susan Miller Dorsey High School to compete in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.

The program highlights schools that excel in energy conservation and environmental education. The high school was also named a “Green Achiever,” the highest honor in California’s Green Ribbon awards program.

Class focuses

on financial literacy

LOS ANGELES — R.S. Copper and Associates Realty will host a financial literacy event from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at the Project Advocate for Community Wealth Building, 3731 Stocker St., Suite 110.

The monthly class features tips on budgeting, credit pitfalls and good money habits to build wealth.

Information: (323) 299-4876.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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