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OW Staff | 2/27/2008, 5 p.m.

Mayor Villaraigosa will host the closing ceremonies for Los Angeles African American Heritage History month. Actress Tichina Arnold is M.C. Other participants, Tyrese, Marla Gibbbs, Esai Morales, Harold Perrineau, Erika Alexander, Laila Ali and Jim Hill. Leimert Park, 4395 Leimert Park Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. (213) 978-0741.

March 4
Health course. 12 week course on schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, borderline personality, co-occurring brain disorders, addictive disorders, and medication updates. 4305 Degnan Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. 7-9:30 p.m. (323) 294-7814.

March 4-5
Play. The Vagina Monologues. Two performances,Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. CSU Dominguez Hills. Contact (310) 243-3686.

March 7
Music and Dining. Come to PaPa West for a relaxing evening of music and dining. ($10 cover - Bring your own drink.) 4336 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (310) 658-0347 or (310) 672-6044.

March 8
Health fair. Total Health: Mind, Body, and Spirit. Eight chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Belmont Baptist Church, Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Care Center, MLK Hospital Ambulatory Services and Talbert Medical Group will host the 3rd annual health fair. Screenings and sessions for hypertension, HIV/AIDS, cholesterol, breast cancer, dental disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, weight management, CPR. Influenza Immunizations will also be available. Belmont Baptist Church, 9215 S Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 14
Awards Luncheon. The National Association of Women Business Owners-Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA), will host its 22nd annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon to honor rising stars among women business leaders. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (310) 482-3461 or (323) 547-4937.

March 16
Springtime tea. Tea, a light supper along with a jazz duet and ettiquette lessons are on the menu from 4-6 p.m. Cost $25. Reservations (323) 939-4442.

March 22
Spelling Bee Finals. Actress/Singer KeKe Palmer, star of Akeelah and the Bee, will perform in a mini concert following the competition of finalist in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Spelling Bee Championship. Participants from nine local public and parochial schools will participate. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, corner of King and Crenshaw Boulevards, Sears Court. 1 p.m. (323) 290-6636.

April 17-20
AKA Regional Conference. The Southern California Cluster of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, will host the 79th Annual Far Western Regional Conference. Pasadena Hilton, Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center. (626) 840-7637 or e-mail staciebolden@yahoo.com.

April 27-28
Celebrity Golf. Halle Berry Celebrity Golf Classic Benefiting Jenesse Center. This is part of the Jenesse Centers Silver Rose Weekend. Sunday: The Power of One Silver Rose Gala chaired by Berry. Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. 11:30 a.m. Monday: Golf Classic, Mountian Gate Country Club, 12445 Mountain Gate Dr., (near Getty Museum), Los Angeles. 8:30 a.m. (323) 299-9496 or www.jenesse.org.

Ongoing

Ends - March 2
Play. Riff Raff, writen by Laurence Fishburne. Friday and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. Alexia Robinson Studio, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (323) 960-1052 or www.plays411/riffraff.

Ends- March 9
Musical. The Color Purple, the Broadway hit musical based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker. Ahmanson Theatre (at the Music Center), 135 N. Grand. Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets: (213) 972-.4400 or www.colorpurple.com

Ends -March 15
Art exhibit. 100 Years of Service, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Story Centennial Traveling Exhibit. Admission is free. William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 West View St., Los Angeles. Noon to 5 p.m. (323) 734-1164.

Ends - March 29
Art Exhibit. Masterpieces of African American Art: An African American Perspective. M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main St., Santa Monica. Wed. to Sat. noon to 6 p.m. (310) 392-8820, or www.mhanksgallery.com.

Ends- May
Science Exhibit. FADE: The Dark Side of Light, an exhibit blending science and art, exploring the destructive effects of light exposure on priceless museum treasures and family photos. California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., L.A. Daily: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Christmas and New Years Day). Admission is FREE, parking $6. (323) SCIENCE - (323/ 724-3623).

Ends - June 1
Art Exhibition. The African Presence in Mexico from Yanga to the Present, a comprehensive historical range of artwork including contemporary artistic expressions. Calif. African American Museum, 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles. (213) 744-7432 or www.caamuseum.org.