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L.A. DIGEST: Ray Charles Library to re-open Dec. 14

LOS ANGELES — A reception for the re-opening of the multi-media Ray Charles Memorial Library, 2107 W. Washington Blvd., will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14.

The library is the first of its kind to be built and created for an artist. It is located at Charles’s original custom built studio, RPM, in Los Angeles.

The new facility includes interactive media presentations and exhibits, some of which include special software to allow visitors to ‘remix’ some of Ray Charles’s songs themselves. The goal of the library is to provide information about the life of Ray Charles, but also to teach visitors about music and importance in all of our lives.

Information: (310) 614-4188. 

Political women

to install officers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee will host a holiday social and new officer installation on Dec. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Newly elected officers include Ingrid Palmer as president, Deborah Bright Laney as first vice president of political involvement, and Dana Henry as first vice president of programs, among several other positions.

Attendees can RSVP through Eventbrite.com and tickets can also be purchased for $40 at the door.

Information: (424) 285-5740.

Library to screen

holiday movie ‘Elf’

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Hyde Park Branch Public Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave., will host a film screening of “Elf” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20 The movie features Will Ferrell as a boy raised by Santa Claus and then sent back to the non-elf world.

Admission is free.

Information: (213) 228-7430.

Leadership summit

set for young women

LOS ANGELES — The L.A. Promise Fund’s Girls Build Leadership Summit will be held Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Sen. Kamala Harris and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak at the affair that expects to have more than 10,000 young women from public schools across Los Angeles County in attendance.

Information: (213) 745-4928, ext. 5124.

Chamber plans

holiday mixer

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Florence-Firestone Walnut Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual holiday celebration at Leonardo’s, 6617 Wilson Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Information: (323) 589-4222.

Church plans

toy giveaway

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Ella’s Foundation will present its fourth annual Jingle Jam Toy Giveaway on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2009 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Information: (323) 842-1770).

Debbie Allen Academy

plans free dance day

CRENSHAW — The Debbie Allen Dance Academy will host its dance free day Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The academy will offer free dance classes in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, African and will also offer the opportunity to be evaluated by the academy.

Participants must be 8 or older.

Information: (310) 280-9145.

Women’s committee

plans holiday party

LOS ANGELES – The 10th Council District Women’s Steering Committee will host a holiday party Dec. 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Pips on La Brea, 1356 S. La Brea Ave. The affair will feature live music from the Sanctuary Band. Those attending are asked to bring an unwrapped gift priced at $10 or more with the toys going to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Advance tickets are $35 if purchased by Dec. 4, or $40 at the door. Ticket price includes dinner and free wine/champagne until 7 p.m.

Information: (323) 371-1071.

Conservatory plans

holiday class recital

WATTS – The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory will host its seventh annual Christmas Holiday Class recital on Dec. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee office, 10950 S. Central Ave.

The affair will include a complimentary buffet and will feature performances by beginning, continuing and advanced string players.

Information: www.sappa.net.

Compiled by Colin Washington.

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