The L.A. City Commission on the Status of Women will host their inaugural Women's Festival Saturday, March 7, at Jim Gilliam Park (4000 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles). Themed, "Women of Resilience," the festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will feature "Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold, Nicki Micheaux of ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights," fitness guru and TV/radio personality Big Lez, Terra Menyone ("Notorious"), 2008 Miss California Latina Nancy Pelayo, and inspirational speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor. This year's celebration of women will focus exclusively on wellness of women and girls in the Los Angeles area. Events include a tennis clinic hosted by the Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Academy's Coach LeGeorge Mauldin featuring local journalist and activist Jasmyne Cannick, free health screenings, motivational talks, healthy cooking demonstrations, a clothing drive for women, fitness clinic, make-overs, financial literacy workshop, raffles, and a free lunch for all attendees. The entire event is free and women and girls of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call or visit www.lawoman.lacity.org.
"In honor of Women's History Month, we wanted to host an event that was in the community and for the community," said Kellie Hawkins, executive director of the Commission on the Status of Women. "The Women's Festival gives us the opportunity to address the pressing and relevant needs of the women living in Baldwin Village and throughout the City of Los Angeles. During these tough economic times, the Commission has a responsibility not only as a policy advisor but also as a resource to women throughout the City and especially those in underserved communities to connect them to the essential and critical support services in the community from health and wellness to job training."
The inaugural partners for the L.A. City Status on the Commission of Women's Festival are: Black Women for Wellness, USC School of Dentistry Mobil Clinic, T.H.E. Clinic, American Red Cross, Shriners Hospitals, the Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Academy and Coach LeGeorge Mauldin, The Body and Wellness Clinic, Community Build, Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, Los Angeles Public Library, PV Jobs, Women Building California, Housing Rights, Green Dot Charter Schools, Mesereau Ephraim Villaraigosa Free Legal Clinic, Girl in Charge Public Relations, United Lesbians of African Heritage (ULOAH), Department of Water and Power, Women Helping Women Services, Black Women for Wellness, Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. City Commission on Children, Youth, and their Families, Los Angeles Fire Department, Haven Hills, Women Alive, LACCD: Workforce Development, 1736 Family Crisis Center, Urban League West Adams/ Baldwin Hills Worksource Center, Casa De La Familia, L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, Peace over Violence, and Agent Karla Greene of State Farm Insurance.
The L.A. City Commission on the Status of Women exists to serve the women and girls of Los Angeles and is the vehicle through which all their can be heard. www.lawoman.lacity.org