Health Fair. The Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC) Community Health Fair with free rapid HIV testing, blood pressure testing, diabetes testing, nutrition and weight control, vision testing, emergency preparedness information, safe medication use, breast health information, MediCare and Medi-Cal information, financial help/options, information on STDS. MLK-MACC 12021 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (310) 668-5552.
Calendar Release Party. Meet the Men of Fire (2008) and enjoy appetizers, music, beer and wine cash bar. African American Firefighters Museum, 1401 Central Ave., Los Angeles. 8 to 10 p.m. (323) 296-4690 or losangelesmenoffire.com.
Reading Club. Bright Stars Reading Club's 4th Anniversary Celebration promoting the love of reading among young children. Storyteller, magic show, dance presentation, face painting, give-a-ways, raffles, and refreshments. A free event. 714 E. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. 12:30 to 4 p.m. (310) 673- READ or www.brightstarsreadingclub.com
Community celebration. Wells Fargo Bank marks the opening of its newest Compton branch with a ribbon cutting ceremony and party. Free food, raffle prizes and entertainment for children. 1625 S. Alameda St., Compton. 11 a.m. to 1 p. m. (310) 223-5060.
Learn to bowl. The youth programs at AMF Midtown Lanes, host an introduction to bowling event for youth ages 5 to 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $1 per child and reservations are required. 4645 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 933-7171.
Meet the Artist. An afternoon with Synthia Saint James featuring live music, food and a Black History Month presentation. Free. African American Firefighters Museum, 1401 Central Ave., Los Angeles. 2 to 7 p.m. (213) 744-1730 or aaffmuseum.org.
Dialogue with the Artist. Artis Lane and California African American Museum Director, Charmaine Jefferson discuss the artist's life, technical, stylistic and cosmological evolution. CAAM, 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles. 2 p.m. (213) 744-7432 or caam.ca.gov.
Book Discussion. The Long Shadow of Little Rock, (The "Battle of Little Rock"), Daisy Bates' inspiring memoir of the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High School is the subject of Radical Women's Black History Month celebration. A Southern-style dinner, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 p.m. for a $7 donation. Solidarity Hall, 2170 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 732-6416 or RadicalWomenLA@aol.com.
Town Hall Luncheon. The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) and Councilmember Wendy Greuel, (District 2) will discuss business opportunities and doing business at Los Angeles City Hall. $24 members, $40 non-members. RSVP by Feb. 8. Radisson Hotel, 3540 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (323) 292-1297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valentine Showcase. The Classic Gents present an intimate evening of classic love songs by our late great crooners featuring the talents of Marvin Gaye, Gerald Levert, Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls, James Brown and Barry White portrayed by various local talents. Admission $30 - $50. Vintage Hollywood, 4000 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. (323) 461-1533 or sireentertainment.com.
February 14 -15
Play. Philadelphia Bluez, a play and compelling story written and producted by Syville Talbird, starring J. Patrick Wise and Sade Moore. Tickets: $30 to $35. Wilshire Ebell Theater, 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles. 2/14 - 7:30 p.m., 2/15 - 8 p.m. (310) 760-1263 or onecreativegenius.org.
Book signing. Meet the man who wrote the book on how to play basketball. NBA legend Oscar Robinson will sign his two books, The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game, and The Art of Basketball, at Eso Won Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd, Leimert Park, Los Angeles. 7 p.m. (323) 290-1047.