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WeHo marks Women’s History Month with activities

WEST HOLLYWOODThe city is celebrating Women’s History Month throughout the March with a series of events that recognize and honor women’s history.

Throughout the month, a display of street-pole banners that commemorate famous American women, civil rights leaders, and women’s rights activists will be on display along Santa Monica Boulevard.

“March is a month to celebrate women — those who have made history and those who are creating it today,” Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath said. “I’m extremely proud that West Hollywood is one of the most outspoken cities in the nation when it comes to supporting women. Women’s History Month promises to be filled with incredible art, film, discussion, thought, and celebration.”

On March 6, the city hosted a community celebration in honor of International Women’s Day at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall.

The event featured artisans, displays, vendors and plenty of live entertainment.

On March 11 at 7 p.m., the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference & Network will host a mini film festival at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. The free event will offer a screening of the documentary film “Wilhemina’s War” to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jan Robinson Flint, executive director of Black Women for Wellness and panelists Traci Bivens-Davis, director of prevention, Common Ground – The Westside HIV Community Center; Gerald Garth, outreach coordinator and media, communications and public relations coordinator for the Black AIDS Institute and Black Treatment Advocates Network Los Angeles; and Carolina Groppa, producer of “Autism in Love;” and selected shorts by local women directors, curated in conjunction with the Women Manifest initiative.

To RSVP for the event, call (323) 848-6823.

Two additional month-long art exhibits celebrating Women’s History Month are presented by Women Manifest, a local initiative co-sponsored by the city.

On March 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. there will be an artists’ reception for “Out & About,” which will take place at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.; the exhibit will be on display through April 15.

On March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a walk-through with the artists for “At the Core,” which will take place at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. The exhibit will be on display through April 1, 2016.

There also will be an artists’ reception March 16, 2016 for “At the Core” from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Robert Kuo Showroom, 8686 Melrose Ave.,, concurrent with a one-night fine-art showcase pop-up exhibit, “Hear Me,” presented by Women Manifest from 6 to 8 p.m. To RSVP for “At the Core”or “Hear Me,” email info@brookemason.com.

On March 17 at 7:30 p.m., the city’s Women’s Advisory Board and Hollywood NOW will honor lesbian activist and feminist Ivy Bottini with the 2016 Women’s History Award at the West Hollywood Library. A reception and call to action will take place immediately following the presentation.

For more information, contact Reina Martinez at reinita425@gmail.com.

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a half-day of wellness hosted by Pink Iron Gym, located at 1106 N. La Cienega Boulevard. The event, co-sponsored by Women Manifest, will feature classes and an inspirational talk by Holly Holton, the founder of Pink Iron Gym. To reserve a spot in the class, please call (310) 360-7465, or email info@pinkiron.com.

On March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m., the 21st annual West Hollywood Women in Leadership Awards and Reception will take place at the Phyllis Morris Showroom, 665 N. Robertson Blvd. The event is hosted by the city Women’s Advisory Board and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and will honor the achievements of local women in the professional and commercial/industrial business community.

This year’s honorees are Kay Buck, CEO of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking; Sue Dunlap, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles; Karen Ocamb, veteran LGBT journalist; Cathy J. Reback, senior research scientist for Friends Research Institute; and Maxine Tatlonghari, president and chief executive officer of Vanity Girl Hollywood.

Admission is $15 and an RSVP is required. Call (323) 848-6823, or email WILrsvp@gmail.com to secure a reservation.

On March 26 at 7 p.m., the city and its Women’s Advisory Board and Women Manifest will present a night of dance performances at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a free ticket, call (323) 645-0985 or email womenmanifest@gmail.com.

Women Manifest is a local initiative co-sponsored by the city to celebrate and make visible the accomplishments of women in West Hollywood and Greater Los Angeles, create community, program a month-long calendar of Women Manifest events and empower women and girls.

For more information about Women’s History Month events, contact Larissa Fooks, community events coordinator, at (323) 848-6413.

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