Central Ave. Jazz Fest going virtual


Wave Staff Report

LOS ANGELES—Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th anniversary of the celebrated Central Avenue Jazz Festival, which draws tens of thousands of revelers each year, is going virtual.

City Councilman Curren Price said for the first time Angelenos can stream the event from the comfort of their homes Dec. 14-17 by visiting www.centralavejazzfest.com/.

LA Cityview Channel 35, which is available on all cable providers within the city of Los Angeles, also will televise the musical celebration.

“We regret not being able to gather on Central Avenue as we typically do each summer,” Price said. However, this is a necessary sacrifice to keep our community safe and healthy during this time.”

For more than two decades, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival, held along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue on the last weekend in July, has paid homage to the region’s rich cultural past while turning the spotlight on what was once considered the epicenter of West Coast jazz.

For more information, visit http://www.centralavejazzfest.com/.

Children’s Institute

holds annual gala

LOS ANGELES — Children’s Institute, a social impact organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children exposed to adversity and poverty in Los Angeles, is hosting a virtual fundraiser that supports programs designed to close the gap across Los Angeles communities suffering from decades of under-investment and racist policies.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 via Zoom and will be emceed by Emmy Award-winning TV host and author Loni Love, and feature Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Wesley Lowery and Deputy Police Chief Emada Tingirides.

To support Children’s Institute by attending the third annual Cape & Gown Gala, visit  https://www.childrensinstitute.org/gala2020.

Four locations offer

farm fresh produce

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Many areas of South Los Angeles are considered food deserts, lacking grocery stores with fresh produce, and the coronavirus pandemic has rapidly heightened that issue.

To help combat the problem, and also help farmers who are being forced to let fruit and vegetables rot in the fields, Community Health Councils, First Five L.A., Best Star and SEE-LA have launched an eight-week program to hand out 1,000 free farm boxes weekly to four communities in South L.A.

The produce will change from week to week, or after every couple of weeks, but the box will include things like broccoli, kale, lettuce, sweet potatoes and oranges.

Anyone interested in getting one of these farm boxes can get them at the following Best Start locations: Girls Club of Los Angeles, 2057 W. Century Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; the Macedonia Baptist Church, 1755 E. 114th St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; Peace Chapel Church, 7656 S. Avalon Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays and the Compton Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Bullis Rd., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

To learn more about Community Health Councils, visit www.communityhealthcouncil.org.

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