March is Women’s History Month and organizations all over Los Angeles have scheduled special events to celebrate it. The month’s theme, “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment,” underlines the importance of female awareness, participation, and action. These activities encourage women in our city to become involved.
Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Dates: March 22 – 25, 2012
Performances: March 23rd — 8 p.m., March 24th — 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., March 25 — 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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This is the 19th annual celebration of the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, which showcases the work of female solo artists of all ethnicities and ages. The performers include dancers, actors, comedians, singers, poets, and more, residing both locally and internationally. The festival is a celebration of both diversity among women and the “oneness” they share as a gender.
Mujeres de Paz Annual Awards Dinner
3500 Ramona Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Hours: March 23, 2012 – 6 p.m. to midnight
The 36th annual celebration of the Mujeres de Paz (Women of Peace) Awards Dinner will be held March 23rd at Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park. Every year this event celebrates individuals whose personal and professional lives affect the community in a positive way. The 2012 awards recipients include Congresswoman Judy Chu, author Jerry Tello and actress Constance Marie.
Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
The Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival has showcased over 500 movies made by women of diverse backgrounds and from all over the world. It is produced by the non-profit organization Alliance for Women Filmmakers, which was established to empower female filmmakers to create significant roles for women in movies.
Komen Los Angeles County Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk
1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: Adults $40, Youth 13-17 years old/Seniors 60 and over $35, Survivors $30
Hours: March 24 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
One of the nation’s most trusted charities, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will hold its 5K Run/Walk on March 24 at Dodger Stadium. A large percent of the proceeds will remain in L.A. County to fund programs for “medically underserved women.”
The Pink Parlour Festival
Santa Anita Race Park
285 West Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Price: $6 Adults, Children free
Hours: March 25 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is the fourth annual celebration of The Pink Parlour Festival, which celebrates the creativity of women through the display of crafts, visual and performing arts, and music done by women. Over one hundred females will exhibit their work, a fashion show is part of the schedule, and bands like Darlings of the Day and The Woolly Bandits will perform live.
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