LMU named Treasure of L.A.; library seeks volunteers; outstanding women honored

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

This St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th, residents near Loyola Marymount University (LMU) should be ready to rock.

Last year, the university’s annual College Fest concert shook surprised neighbors, but this year, the university is doing all it can to alert the community about what is sure to be a great event — and one that is open to the public, by the way.

In e-mails to the community and postings to the LMU Web site, the university promises that two Grammy-winning artists will rock out in Sunken Gardens during the Saturday, March 17th, event.

The artist Common will highlight the event along with OK Go.

Common won his first Grammy in 2003 for his performance on Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop),” which he performed with Erykah Badu. Common debuted in 1992 with his single Take It EZ and the LP Can I Borrow A Dollar?

Although he was no stranger to critical praise, in 2000 Common’s breakthrough album Like Water for Chocolate transformed his underground following into mainstream success.

In 2006, the artist received four Grammy nominations, including a nomination for Best Rap Album for his critically acclaimed work Be. He was also nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rap Collaboration for his work with Kanye West and John Legend.

In addition to his successful music career, Common made his way onto the big screen this year, appearing in the action thriller Smokin’ Aces with Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven and Alicia Keys. He can also be seen in the Ridley Scott film American Gangster with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and he recently made an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University vice president for programming Joelle Zarcone said the mix of musical talent will make the concert appealing to a “broader group of students than are usually focused on.”

“We are one school, and there’s no better way to bring people together than through music,” Zarcone said. “My committee and I are dedicated to making this show amazing for everyone.”

LMU NAMED TREASURE OF L.A. — Loyola Marymount University has been selected by the Central City Association as a Treasure of Los Angeles. To celebrate this award, there will be a Treasures of Los Angeles Award Luncheon on Thursday, April 5th, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel starting at 11:30 a.m.

Father Robert B. Lawton will accept the award on LMU’s behalf.

The CCA created the Treasures Award to celebrate and honor citizens and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Los Angeles community.

The award, which celebrates diversity, strength and excellence of our city, spans a myriad of fields, including: art and culture, business, media, science, community service, education, entertainment, fashion and sports. In the 13 years since its inception, Treasures has grown to become the most celebrated and well-attended civic event in Los Angeles.

The annual affair is attended by more than 1,400 top business and civic leaders as well as elected officials. Other Treasures of L.A. named this year are John Mauceri, KTLA, Alfred Mann, Jack LaLanne, Carroll Shelby, Robert Wagner, Buzz Aldrin and Para Los Ni“os.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, call (213) 624-1213 ext. 209.

LIBRARY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR BOOKSTORE — The Westchester-Loyola Village Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is not only a beautiful new facility, but the Friends of the Library bookstore at the library has become a huge success.

As the primary source of new funds for the library, the bookstore has raised $9,000 to assist the library in various ways. Generous book donors keep the store’s shelves stocked with a varied collection of books in “pristine” condition. As a result, library patrons often stand outside the door, waiting for a chance to purchase books at great prices.

Currently, the store is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friends of the Library, however, would like to open additional hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays but lacks the staffing to do so.

“Working in our bookstore is easy and a great opportunity to meet local book lovers while helping to support our efforts to keep our library an exemplary community resource,” said book store manager Maureen Freston.

Those interested in volunteering their time —Ýas little as an hour a week — to staff the book store should contact Freston, mfreston@yahoo.com. Be sure to put “Friends of the Library Book Store” in the subject line.

KNOW A “SHERO?” — On Saturday, May 12th, Assemblymember Curren D. Price will be honoring 51 outstanding women who reside in the 51st Assembly District as “SHeros.”

A “SHero” is a woman who has demonstrated leadership, pride, volunteerism and commitment to her community in a remarkable manner.

A “SHero” is a woman who inspires others through her own actions. She has made a difference by giving a significant amount of her time through community service, community pride and/or community leadership for noteworthy improvements. She currently lives in the 51st State Assembly District.

To nominate a “SHero” from your community, call (310) 412-6400 for a nomination form. Completed forms must be submitted to Price’s office by Friday, March 16th.

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