SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Tommy the Clown will celebrate 25 years of entertaining people at the USC Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa St., starting with a red carpet at 6 p.m.
The 25-year anniversary event is sponsored by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, USC Civic Engagement, BHS Family Health Center and Black Diamonds Drill Team & Drum Squad.
Proceeds will benefit inner-city students with free dance classes and after-school programs, which are designed to strengthen their communication with one another in a safe environment from their neighborhoods.
from new book
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Author Ashley Antoinette will read sections of her latest novel, “The Prada Plan 5” at the Vermont Square Branch Library, 1201 W. 48th St., at 2 p.m. May 20.
Those attending the reading can purchase a copy of The Prada Plan 5, which was released on May 16, and win signed copies of Antoinette’s other titles.
Information: (323) 290-7405.
NAACP to hold
annual awards gala
LOS ANGELES — The NAACP Los Angeles Branch presents its 2017 Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund Awards Gala at 6 p.m. May 18 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave.
The event will begin with a concert with dinner following at 7 p.m. Chris Schauble, KTLA news anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies.
This year’s honorees include: Dr. Lloyd B. Greig, the chairman of the board of USA for Africa for the President’s Award, the John M. Langston Bar Association for the L.A. NAACP Justice and Equality Award, and the L.A. NAACP Youth Council for the Marion Hill Youth of Excellence Award.
Public forum set
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Freedom Socialist Party is holding a public forum: “Forging Unity: Against Racism, Police Brutality and Deportations” at 7 p.m. May 18, 514 Shatto Place, third floor.
Immigrant rights and labor organizers will describe what it will take to bring students, workers, and communities together in the era of Trump. Speakers are Eduardo Carreon, Cal State LA immigrant student activist and radical organizer, and Alice Goff, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 36. Open mic and discussion of ways to unite efforts in local solidarity actions will follow.
Dinner will be available at 6:30 p.m.
Alumni club hosts
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Howard University Alumni Club of L.A. County presents its inaugural L.A. Bison Honors, a black-tie fundraising event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the university, from 5 to 8 p.m. May 20 at the Museum of African-American Art, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd.
All proceeds from the event will go toward a scholarship fund for Howard University students for the 2017 school year.
Howard alumni to receive honors are: Kamala Harris, the first African-American and woman to serve as attorney general of California, three-time Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen, Tiffany Smith-Anoa’I, the executive vice president of Entertainment, Diversity, Inclusion and Communications at CBS Entertainment and Kevin Mahoney, the founding principal of the Mahoney Law Group.
to hold mixer
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce is hosting a spring mixer for new members from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 24, at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, 6101 W. Century Blvd.
Harold Johnson, the principal public relations representative for Los Angeles World Airports, will serve as the guest speaker.
The event will include prizes for new members, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and a cash bar. The cover charge is free for members and $20 for non-members.
Please RSVP no later than May 22 by calling (323) 292-1297 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowling party set
for disabled kids
LOS ANGELES — Kids Enjoy Exercise Now, a nonprofit that works to meet the needs of children and young adults with disabilities, is holding a bowling party from 2 to 4:30 p.m. May 21, at Lucky Strike, LA Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Guests include SAG-AFTRA member and disabilities advocate Steven J. Tingus and former All-Pro NFL football player Keith Mitchell.
Admission includes bowling, shoes, food, billiards and magic shows.
Proceeds will support the organization’s sports and recreation programs.
on elder care
INGLEWOOD — Dr. Eldercare Workshops is sponsoring a free session, “Family Caregiver Support and Education — Get the Help You Need,” from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. May 20, at the Inglewood Unified School District Office, 401 S. Inglewood Ave.
The event’s featured speakers: are psychotherapist Rachelle R. Mand, Elaine Arama, Anatt Orr-Frenkel, founder of Senior Care Consultants; Michael Blevins, managing director; and James Hendrick, director of ElderAdmin.
Coffee and pastries will be served.
There is no charge. Please call (310) 775-2323 or email email@example.com to reserve your seat.
Trade Tech to host
LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Curren Price is sponsoring the second annual Latina Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20, at L.A. Trade-Tech College, 400 W. Washington Blvd.
Attendees will have the option of attending two panel discussions. Topics include: Women in the Movement, Immigration: Coping with Tension and Uncertainty; Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights; and Business, Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits.
High school juniors and seniors can attend the Youth Leadership Boot Camp.
The mistresses of ceremony will be Telemundo 52 news anchor Nancy Leal and radio host Cece the Mamacita. Maria Elena Durazo, vice president of the Unite Here! International Labor Union will serve as the keynote speaker.
The event is free and open to the public.
Compiled by Anne Artley.
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