Regis House hosts open house Sept. 24LOS ANGELES — The Regis House Community Center operated by the Sisters of Social Service will hold an open house at its new building Sept. 24, 2-5 p.m. An important L.A. community resource for over 60 years, the newly-relocated center at 2212 W. Beverly Blvd. offers a variety of educational, recreational and social service programs for children and families at low or no cost, including the recent “Summer in the City” camp attended by 65 children. Visitors to the open house will be able to tour the pre-K room, library nook and spacious rooms where children play, learn, connect and create.
For more information, visit www.regishousecommunitycenter.com or call (213) 380-8168.
MSMC hosts event to encourage women in politicsLOS ANGELES — Mount St. Mary’s College is teaming with the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University and the group’s 2012 Project, as well as California Women Lead, in a nonpartisan effort to get more women elected to public office.
Inspiration and Action, which runs 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Mount’s Chalon Campus, supports a national drive begun by the Rutgers University project several months ago. Research shows that women need more convincing to go into politics than men, says CAWP Director Debbie Walsh.
“Women are more likely than men to need to be asked to run,” Walsh says. “We are reaching out to women across different sectors — health care, business, real estate, engineering — who haven’t thought about running for office but should.”
Since 1994, Walsh’s group has tracked almost no growth in the number of women running for and being elected to office. Today, 83 percent of Congress is male, and 76 percent of state legislators are men.
“This was a moment to say, ‘Let’s try something different,’” says Walsh. “We can start a movement of recruitment of women from all different types of backgrounds to run for office. We want to begin to develop generations of women who believe that politics is a place for them.”
Annual Red Mass set for Oct. 6LOS ANGELES — For the 29th consecutive year, Los Angeles’ legal community will gather for the annual Red Mass with Archbishop José Gomez, presider, scheduled for Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The Mass and post-liturgy reception, sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the St. Thomas More Society, is open to the public. Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa will be the homilist.
Celebrated around the world for centuries, the Red Mass is an event widely attended by judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths for the purpose of invoking God’s blessing and guidance in the administration of justice. The name, Red Mass, is derived from the color of the vestments worn by the celebrants of the Mass in the 11th century when the tradition began in France, where the robes of the attending royal judges were also bright scarlet. There is no charge for attending the Red Mass and reception. For further information, visit www.laredmass.org.