BEVERLY HILLS — Lovelace Studio Theater will begin showing “Turn Me Loose,” a play about the late comedian Dick Gregory starting on Oct. 13 through Nov. 13. This Fridays’ performance will start at 8 p.m.
Emmy winner and “Scandal” star Joe Morton plays the role Gregory, as the production shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy.
Information: (310) 246-3800.
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ – South County GAIN Region V, 2959 Victoria St., will host a Proposition 47 expungement clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. This is an opportunity to speak with a legal professional about options for criminal expungement, including nonviolent crimes being reduced.
The clinic will allow individuals to begin the expungement process on the same day and no reservations for seating are needed.
Information: (310) 603-3443.
on successful males
WINDSOR HILLS — The men’s group at Grace United Methodist Church, 4112 W. Slauson Ave., will host “How to Raise Successful Black Males,” a panel discussion featuring local community leaders from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 21.
Those attending can engage with panelists including county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, his son, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, the Rev. Cecil Murray, former pastor of First AME Church, Earl Edwards, UCLA doctoral student, and Carl Nicholson, member of Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles.
They will discuss programs, initiatives, policies and innovative approaches to resolve social economic challenges faced by black males.
The event includes a free lunch.
Information: (323) 294-6653.
LOS ANGELES — The Black Women’s Network will host its 37th annual business, entrepreneurial, networking forum themed, “Fire of the Future, Ushering in Hope” October 28 at the LAX Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd.
The event will include breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by a panel of speakers including Linda Coleman Willis, Dr. Roslyn Satchel and Norma Hollis.
Judge Mabalean Ephriam will be mistress of ceremonies.
Information: (323) 418-8563.
Hyde Park Library
offers yoga, quilting
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave., is offering new yoga classes Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.
The class is catered towards senior citizens and will take place every Friday at the same time throughout the month. Participants are encouraged to only do as much as they are comfortable with.
The library also will host its bi-weekly quilting circle Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information: (323) 750-7241.
to benefit veterans
BALDWIN HILLS – The California Council for Veterans Affairs will host its second annual Jazz on the Lawn Oct. 14 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the home of Margaret Bush Ware, 4290 Don Mariano Drive in Baldwin Hill Estates.
The affair will feature musical performances by Tiffany Austin, Jacques Lesure, Raw Sugar and many others.
Tickets are $75.
Information: (323) 632-0906.
Rebuild LA plans
LOS ANGELES — Rebuild LA will host its third annual Los Angeles Community Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.
The festival is a free one-day event that will block off three blocks located at 7622 S. Avalon Blvd., and bring together local businesses, entrepreneurs, city officials and resources for information and education.
The day will be highlighted by the launch of the Rebuild LA Youth work source center and entertainment will include performances by Victor Orlando and band, singer Elaine Gibbs and company, Yvette Cook and the family Band former singer with Rolls Royce and many more.
Information: (323) 252-6199.
host tech program
LEIMERT PARK – Tech organization Plug in LA will host Digital and Beyond, a presentation, discussion and networking event at Leimert Park Vision Theatre 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
The group’s mission is to spark conversation and identify and accelerate tech and digital media in South Los Angeles. They will have a program of panels and fireside chats featuring area leaders and prominent voices in L.A. tech and investment.
COMPTON – The National Association for Equal Justice in America will celebrate its 20th anniversary at its annual Education Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Proud Bird Restaurant Museum, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles.
The evening program will include recognition of the Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray and a keynote address by Los Angeles school board member George McKenna III.
Purchase tickets at the door or call the NAEJA Offices at (310) 918-4047.
planned by officials
CRENSHAW — Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assembly members Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Autumn Burke, Mike Gipson and Reginald Jones-Sawyer are conducting an appointment seminar on Oct. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m, at Baldwin-Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The speaker is searching for qualified individuals to apply for important positions on state boards and commissions. The event will offer the opportunity to learn about the application process to ensure the best candidates be selected.
Information: (310) 324-6408.
Women for Wellness
to hold conference
LOS ANGELES — Black Women for Wellness will host its annual conference on Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the California Endowment.
This year’s theme is Power Mainfesto: Reproductive Justice = Voting Power + Accountability + Good Policy. The conference is designed to provide an open forum and space to dialogue about what reproductive health means for black women and girls.
Conference activities include powerful speakers, interactive workshops and panel discussions. The goal of this conference is to mobilize activists to affect change directly to address the challenges in local communities and create a roadmap for Black women’s leadership.
Registration starts at $100.
Information: (212) 255-2575.
Compiled by Colin Washington.
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