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Posted on August 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Associated Press L.A. Daybook for Friday, Aug. 3.


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Aug. 3. 8:15 a.m. ZOO MEDIA PREVIEW — To celebrate Elephant Awareness Weekend, the Los Angeles Zoo will host a media preview of its weekend activities to raise awareness of the zoo's dedication to elephants, contact says. Media will have early morning access to Billy, a male Asian elephant, and Tina and Jewel, two female Asian elephants. Media should arrive by 8:15 and park near the bus circle.

Location: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Feliz

Contact: Jason Jacobs, zoo, (323) 644-4273

Aug. 3. 8:30 a.m. LONGORIA INJURY LAWSUIT — A final status conference is scheduled in Roman Gasparyan's personal injury suit against Eva Longoria. He alleges the "Desperate Housewives" co-star was at fault in an October 2010 traffic accident between the two on Hollywood Boulevard. He maintains he suffered back and neck pain, headaches and other complications.

Location: Dept. 54, County Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles

Contact: court clerk, (213) 974-5681.

Aug. 3. 9 a.m. JAIL VIOLENCE HEARING — Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence (CCJV) will meet and continue the review of deputy use of force in Los Angeles County jails. Testimony will come from Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Location: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St, room 381B, Los Angeles

Contacts: Laura Rodriguez: (213) 236-3750 or lrodriguez(at)rabengroup.com

Aug. 3. 10 a.m. SURFERS HALL OF FAME — Rabbit Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone to be inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame.

Location: in front of Huntington Surf & Sport, Huntington Beach

Contacts: Mike Kingsbury, Mike(at)teammkm.com, 714-375-2188

Aug. 3. 10 a.m. ONTIVEROS FUNERAL — Funeral Mass will be celebrated for actress Lupe Ontiveros, who died of liver cancer last week at the age of 69. The Mass is open to the public. St. Hilary Church of Perpetual Adoration, 5465 Citronell Ave. Funeral and internment will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier.

Contact: Steve Moyer, PR, (818) 784-7027; Rachel Braver, Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, (323) 550-4274; LATC artistic director Jose Luis Valenzuela, (213) 489-0994

Aug. 3. 10:30 a.m. MEDICAL CENTER CEREMONY — California Hospital Medical Center will host a "topping out" ceremony to commemorate the structural completion of Hope Street Family Center, which will benefit low-income children and families by offering a community center with sports facilities. The facility will announce Healthcare Partners' Robert Margolis' $2.5 million gift to name the building. Topping out at 10:30 a.m.; Hope Street Friends Giving Campaign kickoff rally at 11:15 a.m.

Location: 1401 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Contact: Angela Giacobbe, PR, (818) 314-3269; Amy Costello, PR, (213) 742-5869.

Aug. 3. Noon. BRITISH DOCTORS —The British "team" of doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital Los Angeles will gather for a photo to highlight its relationship with the United Kingdom and celebrate the 2012 London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Interviews will be available with David Warburton, director of developmental biology and regenerative medicine at the Saban Research Institute at CHLA and an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Media must RSVP.

Location: CHLA, 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Contact: Lorenzo Benet, CHLA, (323) 361-4823.

Aug. 3. 1 p.m. UFC WEIGH-IN — The weigh-ins for UFC fighters taking part in Saturday's "UFC on Fox" co-main event between light heavyweights Mauricio Shogun Rua/Brandon Vera and Ryan Bader/Lyoto Machida will be held at Staples Center. Media check-in and doors open to the public at 1 p.m.; Q&A with UFC 151's Dan Henderson at 2 p.m.; weigh-ins at 4 p.m.

Location: 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles

Contact: Chris Costello, UFC, (727) 439-0731; Chelsea Sullivan, UFC, (702) 306-8668; Heidi Gerber, UFC, (702) 835-3753; Ant Evans, UFC, (702) 524-7610

Aug. 3. 3 p.m. REAL MADRID PLAYERS — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Consul General of Spain Enrique Ruiz Molero and Real Madrid President Florentino Perez will welcome players from the Real Madrid soccer team. Real Madrid held team training sessions for their U.S. games at UCLA for the last three years. Media must check in at a press table located east of the Athletic Field, between the soccer field and Wilson Plaza. News vans with media plates can park in the turnaround just south of the James West Alumni Center, where northbound Westwood Plaza dead-ends into campus. Overflow parking for news vans is on Charles E. Young Drive North, north of the Intramural Field only (not the Athletic Field), on the north side of the street only. All others may park for $11, and the closest parking will be in Parking Structure 4 (underneath the soccer field), or in Parking Structure 6, south of the James West Alumni Center.

Location: UCLA Athletic Field, just south of Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood

Contact: mayor's press office, (213) 978-0741; after hours, (213) 978-1658.

Aug. 3. 6 p.m. SYMPHONY PREMIERE — The premiere of the concert piece "Symphony of Hope" will be presented as part of a fundraiser and free concert, performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra and Choir. "Parenthood" actress Erika Christensen will serve as mistress of ceremonies, with band leader Kevin Eubanks scheduled to participate. The concerto, based on a Haitian folk song, was composed by 25 Hollywood composers, including Marvin Hamlisch, George S. Clinton and Lisbeth Scott. Proceeds from sales of the "A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project" CD, pre-concert fundraising dinner and silent auction will benefit Hands Together, which aids impoverished Haitians and disaster victims. Dinner fundraiser and silent auction at 6 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.

Location: California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Contact: Ray Costa or Alex May, PR, (323) 650-3588; Costa cell, (323) 828-6180.

Aug. 3. 7:30 p.m. MARS ROVER LANDING CELEBRATION — The Griffith Observatory will continue its celebration of the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. Friday's program, part of the "All Space Considered" public lecture series, will focus on Mars exploration with John Callas, project manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and space journalist Leonard David. The program will also pay tribute to Sally Ride, who died last week at age 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Location: Observatory's Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Feliz

Contact: Susan Szotyori or Barry Smith, PR, (818) 760-7131; Smith cell, (818) 621-0839; Szotyori cell, (619) 876-2377.

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