L.A. DIGEST: Opera singer to perform debut concert downtown 

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Wave Staff Report

LOS ANGELES — Randall Gray, a 22-year-old singer, performs her debut concert, “PRIMA,”  at 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave. in downtown.

Gray has been singing classical music professionally since she was 12. She has performed principle roles as Felix Mendolssen’s grand oratorio, “Elijah,” collaborating with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, “The Spirit” in Los Angeles Opera’s “Then I Stood Up”, and performed the national anthem for the Los Angeles Kings.

Tickets are available at randallgray.com/buy-tickets-to-prima.

Nature park hosts

family health day 

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — South Central Family Health Center will conduct a family health day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at Augustus Hawkins Nature Park, 5790 Compton Ave.

The event will include a community resource fair designed to promote wellness and empower families by providing access to valuable health resources with family-friendly activities, insightful workshops and meaningful giveaways. Assemblyman Reggie Sawyer-Jones is expected to attend. 

South Central Family Health Center is a nonprofit health services provider that delivers primary care, dental and mental health services to area residents regardless of ability to pay.

Information: 323-908-4200.

Drew University 

gets $2 million grant

WILLOWBROOK — Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has been awarded a $2 million multiyear grant from the California Wellness Foundation, strengthening the longstanding partnership between the two organizations. 

With this grant, Cal Wellness’ total support to Drew University over the years reaches nearly $6 million.

Both organizations share a commitment to health equity, justice and advocacy for underserved communities. The partnership represents a crucial step towards improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations and fostering diversity within the health care workforce.

Drew President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle said “with the support of this generous grant, we can further our mission and create a lasting impact in the lives of our students and the communities we serve. 

“Together, we are working towards a world where excellent health and wellness are accessible to all, without disparities.”

Most of the grant will be used to provide 20 four-year scholarships to students in Drew’s new medical degree program, which is designed to increase the number of doctors and other health care professionals from diverse communities.

Benefits seminar

planned for veterans

CULVER CITY — Disabled American Veterans will conduct a veteran benefits seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at the West Los Angeles WorkSource Center, 5446 Sepulveda Blvd.

The seminar is designed to help veterans and their families obtain the services and benefits they have earned.

Veterans attending the seminar should bring identification, their Social Security number and any other documentation regarding their military service. 

Disabled American Veterans is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans access the full range of benefits available to them.

Deadline extended

for CalFresh benefits

LOS ANGELES — The California Department of Social Services has extended the timeframe for families to request the reissuance of expunged CalFresh benefits on their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT 2.0) cards to Aug. 18.

P-EBT is a federal program that gives eligible families food benefits, in addition to free or reduced-price meals, at childcare or school. Eligible households who received a P-EBT 2.0 card in 2021, but had its benefits expire without use, are eligible for a reissuance.

According to the state, more than 500,000 P-EBT 2.0 benefit cards were not activated.

The California Department of Social Services has mailed notifications to eligible households with instructions on how to request a new P-EBT card. If eligible, families can expect to receive their cards between September and October.

Information: 800-887-8230 Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. or use the online live chat feature at www.ca.p-ebt.org.

L.A. Digest is designed to help promote events, activities and initiatives that are serving the interests of residents in L.A. To submit an item, send emails to newsroom@wavepublication.com. 


Opera singer Randall Gray will perform her debut concert Aug. 12 at the Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles.

Courtesy photo

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