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L.A. DIGEST : LAUSD board member hosts first town hall

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District board member George McKenna is hosting a four-part series of education town halls for parents and students of Board District 1, beginning Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., at Audubon Middle School Auditorium, 4120 11th Ave.

“Our interactive town halls are an opportunity for the entire school community to engage in a critical dialogue about the future of K-12 education,” McKenna said.

The town halls promise parents the opportunity to connect with community partners, learn about additional LAUSD tools and services and improve student learning.

The series will continue through the first week of March in the District 1 communities of Leimert Park, Palms, Athens and Hancock Park.

Community swearing-in

ceremony to be held

COMPTON — A community swearing-in ceremony for state Sen. Isadore Hall III will be held  Jan. 31 at the Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave.

Last year, the former Compton city councilman and assembly member, competed for former state Sen. Roderick Wright’s seat in the 35th District which represents Inglewood, Gardena, Compton, Long Beach, Torrance and Wilmington.

In December, he won the special election seat and will serve out the remainder of Wright’s term, which ends in December 2016.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. To RSVP or more information, call (424) 235-4159.

Advocate remembered

at memorial service

CULVER CITY — A memorial service for Lark Eloise Galloway-Gilliam will be held Jan. 31at 11 a.m. at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway.

Gilliam, often remembered as “a champion for those that had no voice” due to her activism in health and environment issues in South Los Angeles, was founder and executive director of Community Health Councils.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be created in her honor, according to a spokesperson.

More closures planned

on Crenshaw Blvd.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The weekend closure between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street on Crenshaw Boulevard is halfway done.

The MTA announced a two-weekend closure, which started Jan. 23-26, for the installment of Cutter-Soil Mix panels, which officials say is necessary for the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

The second closure is scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 2 for motorists. Pedestrian access is available.

Forum planned

for health fair

LOS ANGELES — The California Legislative Black Caucus will host its Family Health and Enrollment Fair on Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive.

In addition to a joint forum discussion with Covered California, enrollment for health coverage, free flu shots and screenings for health, vision and blood pressure will also be available.

Rallying for

minimum wage

LOS ANGELES — A coalition of workers, business people and civic leaders will rally outside Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Jan. 30 at 9 a.m., urging the City Council to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15.25 an hour.

The Raise the Wage L.A. Coalition also wants the council to include strong provisions against wage theft that hold employers accountable and provide earned sick days so workers can care for themselves or sick family members.

Annual awards

honors entertainers

BEVERLY HILLS — The 21st annual Unity Awards Gala will honor director Timothy Kevin Story, Terry and Rebecca King Crews and Bank of America Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd.

Co-anchor of KTLA 5, Chris Schauble is hosting the event with entertainment from gospel artist Kierra “Kiki” Sheard.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.westangelescdc.org.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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