Los Angeles Daybook

By The Associated Press (AP) — Associated Press Los Angeles Daybook for Saturday, April 5.


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9 a.m. LOS ANGELES — The American Lung Association will host the "Fight For Air Climb," a national fundraiser in which participants climb stairs in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums and arenas as a fitness target and to honor a loved one affected by lung disease. Nearly 1,000 participants will attempt the Los Angeles climb in the city's second tallest building, the Aon Center, with 63 floors, or 1,391 stairs to climb to reach the roof. Aon Center, 707 Wilshire Blvd. Contact: ALA, (310) 735-9186.

9:30 a.m. LOS ANGELES — Employees and volunteers with Coca-Cola, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest foundation will host a watershed-focused restoration project at the Wildwood Picnic Area in the Angeles National Forest. The area was damaged by fire. Event starts at 9:30 a.m.; remarks by partners at 12:30 p.m. Wildwood Picnic Area, 3100 Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Contact: Sherry Rollman, ANF, (626) 574-5208; Edward Belden, NFF, (805) 258-2500; Nancy Limon, Coca-Cola, (213) 304-8117.

10 a.m. WEST HOLLYWOOD — The International House of Blues Foundation will celebrate music with local youth during a year-end recital performance by grantees from Action for the Arts Grant Program, which helps underserved youth. Also, recipients of the Give Music program will receive new instruments. House of Blues Sunset Strip, Crossroads Restaurant, 8430 Sunset Blvd. Contact: Kelly Freter, Live Nation, (323) 240-6530; Brandon Murillo, IHBF, (323) 769-4947, or cell: (949) 302-2495.

12 p.m. POMONA — Pomona College will host a Native American Powwow themed, "Honoring the Elements." At noon, grand entry with 50 to 75 Native Americans in traditional attire; at 1 p.m., actress and story-teller Geri Keams will share stories with children at the Organic Farm Dome. College, parking on the corner of Amherst and First Street. Contact: Scott Scoggins, (909) 706-5948.

1:10 p.m. LOS ANGELES Singer Robin Thicke is scheduled to perform a three-song pre-game concert at the second game in a three-game series between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Thicke also will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 1:10 p.m. game. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave. Contact: Dodgers, (323) 224-1301.

5:30 p.m. LOS ANGELES — Actor Will Arnett will host the third annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and celebrating the next generation of entertainment industry leaders. Actors Casey Affleck, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway and Andy Samberg will read stories of industry members who have benefited from MPTF's services. The stories are written by Scott Cooper, John Krasinski, Michael Green and more. Media check-in at 5:30 p.m.; arrivals at 6:30 p.m. MILK Studios Hollywood, 855 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Contact: Andy Gelb, (310) 461-0111.

6 p.m. BEVERLY HILLS — The Mandela family will be honored with the "True Grit" Humanitarian Award at the 29th annual Odyssey Ball benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center. Actor and Army veteran J.R. Martinez will emcee; award-winning Broadway actor Davis Gaines and jazz singer Brenna Whitaker will perform. Expected guests include Nelson Mandela's granddaughters Princesses Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Zamaswazi Dlamini, honoree Dr. Anton Bilchik and Patrick and Ethan Wayne, sons of the late John Wayne. At 6 p.m., media check-in; at 6:30 p.m., red carpet arrivals; at 7:30 p.m., dinner, awards and entertainment. Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd. Contact: Pam Giangregorio, (310) 479-2333, or cell: (310) 738-1921.

6 p.m. MANHATTAN BEACH — Former NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be honored for his philanthropy at Toberman Neighborhood Center's annual gala, on the 30th anniversary of his passing Wilt Chamberlain's record for career points — a record which still stands today. Laker commentator Stu Lantz will emcee. Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Ave. Contact: Jill Sleight, (310) 567-7026.

6 p.m. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation will honor entertainment industry producer and philanthropist Jerry Weintraub at the third annual Fahrenheit 2014 fundraising gala. The event will raise money to supplement LAFD budgets. The event will include fire unit exhibitions including demonstrations of a fire truck aerial ladder, the Jaws of Life and a canine search. Guests include LAFD Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone, Beverly Hills Fire Chief Ralph Mundell, Los Angeles council members and celebrity supporters. Los Angeles Fire Department Disaster Preparedness Unit, 5101 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Contact: Jess Schmidt, (310) 552-4177, or cell: (310) 595-6406.

7:30 p.m. SANTA MONICA — Residents from the Westside and South Los Angeles will memorialize Martin Luther King Jr. in a candlelight vigil commemorating the 46th anniversary of his assassination. The event, themed "Table of Brotherhood," will welcome participants from all sides of the political spectrum. Santa Monica Library, MLK Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Contact: Duncan, (310) 968-3015.

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