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Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, June 13-20

SoCal Sound Benefest: The SoCal Sound, 88.5-FM (California State University, Northridge (KCSN) and Saddleback College (KSBR) linked together adult, album and alternative radio station), hold a fundraising concert with Pete Yorn, Jade Bird, Cayucas, JEMS, and special guest Jackson Browne, 8 p.m. June 15. Tickets $29 and up. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Rev. James M Lawson, Jr., bellwether of nonviolence in the civil rights movement

When Vanderbilt University sponsored a three-day Freedom Ride commemorative program in 2007 Lawson participated. A year before this event, during a graduation ceremony, the university apologized for its treatment of him and he later returned to teach at the college. His papers were donated to Vanderbilt in 2013. For several years he served as a visiting scholar at California State University Northridge (CSUN), where he taught a semester-long course on nonviolence. -- New York Amsterdam News

Ventura College Foundation Distributes Over $636,000 In Scholarships

Gabrielle MacNeill of Simi Valley, a member of the Ventura College water polo and swim teams, is transferring to Cal State Northridge in the Fall. She received multiple scholarships including the Miriam and Henry Schwab Memorial Aquatics Scholarship given to students involved in aquatics. A swim instructor, she teaches kids with physical and cognitive disabilities. MacNeill will major in psychology and possibly obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy to continue her work helping kids. -- Moorpark Patch

New Hire: SMMUSD’s Patrick Miller tapped for director job

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Linfield University; a Master of Arts in educational administration from California State University, Northridge; and a diploma in Hispanic studies from the University of Granada in Spain. -- The Argonaut News

Soraya Season Ranges From Randy Newman’s Faust to Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

To open the 2024–2025 season for The Soraya, the performing arts center at California State University, Northridge, Newman is fashioning an all-new concert version of the score. His take on the classic tale of soul-selling is set for performances Sept. 28 and 29, cast to be announced. -- San Francisco Classical Voice

The Rev. James Lawson Jr., civil rights leader who preached nonviolent protest, dies at 95

Lawson earned that theology degree at Boston University and became a Methodist pastor in Memphis, where his wife Dorothy Wood Lawson worked as an NAACP organizer. They moved several years later to Los Angeles, where Lawson led the Holman United Methodist Church and taught at California State University, Northridge and the University of California, Los Angeles. They raised three sons, John, Morris and Seth. -- Washington Post

Bishop Gorman grad goes back-to-back at Las Vegas City Am

Ariya Soldwisch, who helped Coronado to the 5A state title this past season and is headed to Cal-State Northridge in the fall, won the girls 15-18 event. Soldwisch finished at even-par 144 for a two-stroke win over Palo Verde’s Rivers Common. -- Las Vegas Review-Journal