LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Southwest College celebrated its 50th year Sept. 30 at the Millennium Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles.
The sold-out anniversary gala was attended by hundreds of the college’s supporters, including Rep. Maxine Waters and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Waters was recognized as the gala’s honored guest for her longstanding support of Southwest College as well as being a fearless advocate for an untold number of community members throughout her 37 years of public service.
“Los Angeles Southwest College has been fortunate over the years to have strong support from so many people throughout our great community and this was on full display at our 50th anniversary celebration,” said Denise Noldon, the college’s interim president. “The political leaders who fight for us, alumni who spread the word about the solid education they received in our classrooms, community members who make sure that our good works don’t go unrecognized as well as our administrators, faculty, staff and students, all took part in this memorable night to recognize our 50th anniversary.”
HOLLYWOOD – The Living Foundation will celebrate its 26th anniversary Oct. 5 with the 21st annual Awards Gala at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.
Headlining the list of distinguished honorees will be “Dancing with the Stars” musical director Ray Chew and Varnell Johnson, CEO of Junes Entertainment and Living Foundation president, who will be presented with the Chairman’s Award. The night’s festivities will be hosted by Rolonda Watts, veteran broadcasting and media personality, author, and CEO of Watts Works Productions.
Information: (310) 770-8117.
INGLEWOOD – College Bridge Academy, 2301 W. Imperial Highway, will host a community mixer from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11. The event will feature food and free swag and looks share information on what the organization provides for the community.
The academy looks forward to attendees joining them in building partnerships among local agencies who work with disconnected youth ages 17-25 and share information with other resource and service providers that serve disconnected youth in health, education, employment and housing.
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.
on music in show biz
BALDWIN HILLS — The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is hosting a question and answer panel with music supervisors behind hit television shows and movies from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5. The event is being held in partnership with the Guild of Music Supervisors.
The event aims to educate current and aspiring music supervisors, as well as artists interested in having their music placed in movies, television shows, video games, and commercials. All seven panelists are members of the Guild of Music Supervisors.
The event is free and open to the public
Information: (310) 974-6693.
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.
Concert party set
at the Palladium
HOLLYWOOD – COLORS entertainment group presents R&B Only from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd.
Compiled by Colin Washington.
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