L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Burke to lead air quality district board again

LOS ANGELES — William A. Burke, has been re-elected to an unprecedented 12th term as the chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s governing board.

Los Angeles business executive Clark E. Parker Sr., was elected to his first term as vice chairman. Their new terms will begin Jan. 15, 2018.

Burke is one of the longest-tenured members and the longest-serving chairman of the SCAQMD board. He was first appointed to the board in September 1993 by then-Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown. Burke was re-appointed to the board in September by current Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve an eighth term.

“I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to serving another four years on the SCAQMD board,” Burke said. “Our board has helped the Southland move in the right direction and we have accomplished a great deal in improving air quality, especially in environmental justice communities. But we still have an enormous challenge ahead of us.”

William Burke

Burke is the husband of former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.

Conservatory plans

holiday class recital

WATTS – The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory will host its seventh annual Christmas Holiday Class recital on Dec. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee office, 10950 S. Central Ave.

The affair will include a complimentary buffet and will feature performances by beginning, continuing and advanced string players.

Information: www.sappa.net.

Friends of library

to hold book sale

INGLEWOOD — Friends of the Inglewood Public Library, a private nonprofit organization, will sponsor its annual winter book sale Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. at the Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

Publications in all categories — art, history, biographies, children’s literature, Spanish language, audio and video versions — will be available. Items in gift quality condition will be bundled and sold at special rates. There will be drawings for interesting prizes. All revenue from the sales will be used by the Friends in support of the Inglewood Library.

Information: (310) 412-4025.

DIVA Foundation

plans ‘Simply Singing’

HOLLYWOOD — The DIVA Foundation will celebrate 27 Years of “Divas Simply Singing” on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Taglyan Cultural Center, 1201 Vine St.

Special guests include Kenny Latimore, Jennifer Holiday, Terisa Griffin, Rahsaan Patterson and Jenifer Lewis.

Information: Divas27.eventbrite.com.

Group plans toy drive,

basketball game

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – The HOOP Foundation in collaboration with A.C.E. Inc., the Los Angeles Police Department and the Venice Basketball League present “Shoes to Fill,” a toy drive and charity basketball game Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. at Rita Walters Learning Center, 915 W. Manchester Ave.

The day will consist of basketball games, entertainment, family and fun. The event asks that all attendees support the event by donating an unwrapped toy priced at $10 or a minimum of $1 per their shoe size. A special celebrity game will start at 5 p.m.

Information: (323) 537-3702.

Home ownership

workshop planned

LOS ANGELES – R.S. Cooper & Associates will host a workshop entitled, “Home Ownership Preparedness for Renters Talk,” Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at their office, 3731 Stocker St. Suite 110.

Prospective home buyers can receive tips they can use on their home-buying journey.

Information: (310) 710-9520.

Holiday spa, beauty

experience offered

LOS ANGELES – The 10th annual Holiday Magic SpaTacular Experience and Shop-a-Ganza will take place Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd.

This year’s event will include a Live DJ and holiday entertainment, the first 100 guests will receive VIP holiday swag, a free spa and beauty bar featuring hand and foot massages and free beauty makeovers.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Information: (310) 498-3783.

Chamber to hold

holiday mixer

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce holds its annual holiday mixer from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd.

The chamber will be collecting donations for the Union Rescue Mission and the Parents of Watts. Admission includes a donation of one unwrapped present valued at $20.

The affair also will include complimentary appetizers and a drawing.

Information: www.glaaac.org/calendar/glaaac-holiday-mixer.

Airport seeks

to recruit volunteers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles International Airport and the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center will host an airport recruitment social event to recruit volunteers to assist guests during the winter travel season on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center, 6661 W. Imperial Highway.

Recruitment presentations will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a behind-the-scenes airfield tour at 11 a.m.

Information: (424) 646-5260. 

Shopping center hosts

winter wonderland

CRENSHAW — The city of Los Angeles will host a winter wonderland holiday celebration Dec. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Sears Lot within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The event will be hosted by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson and will include sledding, snow play, a s’mores bar, giveaways, entertainment and more.

Information: (323) 290-6636.

Bass to give

legislative report

CULVER CITY – U.S. Rep. Karen Bass will host an End of the Year Legislative Report Back on Dec. 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton, 6161 W. Centinela Ave.

Information: (323) 965-1422.

Women’s committee

plans holiday party

LOS ANGELES – The 10th Council District Women’s Steering Committee will host a holiday party Dec. 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Pips on La Brea, 1356 S. La Brea Ave. The affair will feature live music from the Sanctuary Band. Those attending are asked to bring an unwrapped gift priced at $10 or more with the toys going to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Advance tickets are $35 if purchased by Dec. 4, or $40 at the door. Ticket price includes dinner and free wine/champagne until 7 p.m.

Information: (323) 371-1071.

Compiled by Colin Washington.

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