L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Drew University honors ‘health care champions’

BEVERLY HILLS — Five champions of health care, distinguished for their work in reducing health inequities in underserved communities, were honored by the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science at its fifth annual Legacy Leaders Spring Gala last month at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The honorees included the heirs of university namesake Dr. Charles R. Drew — Bebe Drew Price, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Sylvia Drew Ivie and the late Charles Richard Drew Jr.— as well as county Supervisor Marl Ridley-Thomas and HIV/AIDS pioneer Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan, the founder and director of the Oasis Clinic and AIDS Program and a 37-year staff physician and faculty member of the university.

“We honored these five because they are truly health care heroes who deserve to be recognized for their tireless efforts to help reduce health disparities in under-resourced communities,” said CDU President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle.

“This university is a special place,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Dr. Carlisle has provided leadership and stability in moving us into the 21st century.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit Student Services, which provides scholarships and support, as well as CDU community pipeline programs, including the renowned Saturday Science Academy II, which encourages South Los Angeles students to excel in math, science and technology. 

Music competition

grants scholarships

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Georgia Laster Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., is holding its 2017 National Music Scholarship Competition from 1 to 4:30 p.m. May 13 at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive.

An awards presentation reception will take place immediately after the reception.

The event is free and open to the public.

Information: (661) 441-4152 or jimsings@sbcglobal.net.

Councilman hosts

Mother’s Day lunch

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson and his wife Karrie are hosting a Mother’s Day luncheon at 11 a.m. May 13 for woemn over the age of 55 who are mothers and residents of the 8th City Council District.

Attire is business casual.

RSVP to (213) 485-7616 for the location of the event.

Library to host

quilting circle

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A quilting circle is planned at the Hyde Park-Miriam Matthews Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13.

The sessions take place the second Saturday of each month.

Those attending must be 18 or older.

For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Session informs on

aging and vaccines

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A session on adult vaccinations and healthy aging will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 17, at the Hyde Park-Miriam Matthews Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

The session will provide information on the vaccinations needed as an adult and how to get them for free or at a low cost, what to do if insurance denies requests for vaccines, preventative screenings for adults and seniors and tips on healthy aging.

Guitar duo plays

for Mother’s Day

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The UCLA Gluck Guitar Duo will give a Mother’s Day concert from 3 to 4 p.m. May 13 at the Hyde Park-Miriam Matthews Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

They will play a selection of songs ranging from Bach to tango, to ragtime.

Workshop informs

on identifying fraud

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A workshop offering information on identification theft and protection against fraud and scams designed to steal information or money will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. May 12, at the Hyde Park-Miriam Matthews Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

Church hosts

annual revival

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Southern California Conference Lay organization will hold a revival, “A Season of Purification and Penance” at 7 p.m. May 11 and 12 at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7900 S. Western Ave.

The Laity of the Southern California Conference, which includes more than 52 African Methodist Episcopal churches, is celebrating its seventh annual revival.

The revivalist this year is the 131st Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC), the Right Reverend Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate, of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Global AMEC.

The event is open to the public.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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