SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Community Coalition will host healing circles in various neighborhood parks Aug. 20 as a way for African American and Latino residents to peacefully build the community and heal.
The circles will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at six South L.A. parksincluding Algin Sutton Park, 8800 S. Hoover St.; Green Meadows Park, 431 E. 89th St.; MLK Jr. Park, 3916 S. Western Ave.; Van Ness Park, 5720 Second Ave.; St. Andrews Park, 8701 S. St. Andrews Place; and Jesse Owens Park, 9651 S. Western Ave.
Residents will reflect on police brutality faced by African American and Latino residents in South L.A. and across the nation. Residents will light up the sky by memorializing victims of police violence through a Chinese candle lantern ceremony. By hosting the circles at the park, residents will reclaim historically areas that have had high influxes of gang violence and crime.
planned at gallery
LOS ANGELES — Dysonna City Art Gallery, 5373 Wilshire Blvd., will host a reception for local artist Al Hornsby from 2 to 6 p.m.
Hornsby’s work is being featured at the gallery through Aug. 23. Hornsby also will demonstrate how he paints by doing a re-creation of Leonardo DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa.”
Information: (323) 857-0030.
workshops to begin
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — An orientation to begin a series of historical writing workshops will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Museum of African-American Art, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd.
The aim is to help everyday residents who have lived through cultural movements record and share their stories. Playwrights from Robey Theatre, a black theatre company, are leading the series.
The orientation will cover workshop dates and assignments. Light refreshments will be served. The workshops and orientation are free to for residents of the Los Angeles County second supervisorial district.
To sign up, visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES — The Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce is presenting a summer mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Hilton Checkers Downtown, 535 S. Grand Ave. on the rooftop spa deck.
Yoji Cole, the digital sales executive at YP, is the featured speaker. Complimentary appetizers and cocktails will be served. The event is free for members and $20 for guests.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A health forum, “Prevention, Treatment and Control of Cancer in our Community” will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19, at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.
It will feature presentations and panel discussions on cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship. Headsets will be available for Spanish interpretation. Free breakfast and lunch are included.
Register at tinyurl.com/beatingcancertogether or call (323) 321-9493.
poetry and music
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Various artists will perform at “A Koncert of Konsciousness,” an event featuring poetry, jazz, hip-hop and soul, at 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science, 7825 S. Western Ave.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Information: (323) 489-0430.
LONG BEACH — The Thomas Jefferson High School Epicureans graduating classes from the 1950s are invited to a reunion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Grand Events Center, 4101 E. Willow St.
The theme is “Back in the Days of the Fifties,” and guests are encouraged to dress in the styles of the 1950s. There will be a buffet dinner, music and prizes.
Contact James Fennell (310) 387-7653; J. B. Sumlin (909) 421-1450; Barbara Ferguson Dyson (323) 293-9311 for tickets or to provide contact information of any Jeffersonians from that decade.
LOS ANGELES — Dr. Joy DeGruy, social worker and author of “Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing,” is making an appearance at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Melody Ehsani, 424 ½ N. Fairfax Ave.
She plans to lead a discussion about the healing of racism today in America.
The event is donation only, but a $25 donation is recommended.
Compiled by Anne Artley.
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