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Sting, Ted Danson, Don Henley, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda and Pele are among those scheduled to receive Earth Day International Awards at ceremonies to be held Thursday in Los Angeles and New York. The awards are given by Earth Day International, a U.N.-sanctioned umbrella organization linking 3,200 environmental groups in 140 countries.

David Westberg has been elected prexy of the Conference of Personal Managers for a two-year term. Westberg, who began his career as an actor, served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild and worked at Actors Equity. In 1991, he formed David Westberg Management, a personal management company.

The first event to be held under the auspices of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation will be the June 23 premiere of TriStar Pictures’ “Sleepless in Seattle,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The event, which will honor Edie Wasserman, will begin with the premiere screening of the film, followed by a supper party. Premiere co-chairs are Lynda and Peter Guber and Patricia and Mike Medavoy. The event is being chaired by Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Director Joey Ford has left his post with “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to join Twentieth TV’s “The Bertice Berry Show,” which makes its syndie bow Sept. 13. Another “Oprah” staffer, supervising audience coordinator Pat Shipp, is joining “Bertice” as audience producer.

Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band will appear June 20 in a fund-raising concert for the Youth Ministry of the First AME Baptist Church. The organization works with youth in South Central Los Angeles. For tickets, call ( 805) 646-8433.

Robby Merkin has been named musical director for Sesame Street by Children’s Television Workshop. He will be responsible for all original music created for the show as it enters its 25th season.

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