Jul 14 2019 @ 9:00 AM – Jan 12 2020 @ 11:00 AM

Those looking for something ”different,” can visit the Gardena Elks Lodge No. 1919 for a variety of events: Second Sunday of each month breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m.; every Tuesday night is hamburger night (sometimes they serve something other than hamburgers), and every second and fourth Friday is fish fry (with steak and chicken) and dancing after dinner. Events are for Elks Lodge members and their guests.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1735 W. 162nd St., Gardena (just east of Western Avenue). For more information on any of the events at the lodge, call 310-327-1919 Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sep 21 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The 20th annual Keep Gardena Beautiful Day from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21 in various location of Gardena. Volunteers are needed to help in the clean-up and beautification effort of parks, rights-of-way and neighborhoods. Some assignments involve painting, plantings, litter removal and minor landscaping. A lunch and awards ceremony will follow at Fukai Park. Call 310-217-9503 or email to

Sep 21 @ 2:30 PM

Congresswoman Maxine Waters will lead a community meeting on the United States Census 2020 starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21 at the Los Angeles Southwest College Little Theater, 1600 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles.

Waters will provide information on why the Census “ensures that Californians receive federal funding for important programs and services, and how it will create job opportunities at the Census Bureau for local residents. To RSVP, visit hhps:// and click on the community meetings and event link in the lower right corner. Or call 323-757-0900.

Sep 28 @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The 10th annual Food, Wine, Beer and Cigar Festival Fundraiser is planned for Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. at the City Hall Complex, 1700 W. 162nd St., Gardena.

This event aims to raise money for the city’s Alzheimers Clinic at the Senior Day Care Center, and to bring awareness to the Alzheimers disease. Attendees can experience varieties of wine, food samples from local restaurants, live music

Sep 30 @ 5:00 PM

Serra High will host a “Dedication to Excellence and Celebration of the Arts” event to honor the accomplished poet and writer and Serra High alumni, Dana Gioia, at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Gioia launched his writing career after working for General Foods corporation for 15 years. In 1991, he published an essay titled, “Can Poetry Matter?” in the Atlantic Monthly which sparked international attention with the essay receiving more attention than any other piece that the magazine had published.

The event will be filled with music and poetry, with high school seniors Jonah Copeland and Jordan Sanez contributing original pieces and sophomore Jeffrey Johnson performing the viola. An art show will also be present with sculptures on display. Timothy Philen, president of the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation, will be the master of ceremonies and introduce Gioia. Philen will present an ode to Gioia, in which he will be awarded a plaque and be the final speaker of the night.

Serra High is a co-ed catholic private and college preparatory school that was founded in 1950 and is located on 14830 South Van Ness Ave., Gardena. The event is open to the public.

To request an invitation, contact Vince Kates, the alumni contact for Serra High, at 310-324-6675 ext. 1012 or Dinner will be provided for guests in attendance. The proceeds will go toward benefitting the students of Serra High.

Oct 5 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The Gardena Police Department will host its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Nakaoka Community Center, 1670 W. 162nd St., Gardena. Breakfast is $5 per person, and donations are welcome. This event benefits the GPD K-9 program.

Oct 5 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The annual Gardena Heritage Festival and Street Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the City Hall Complex. There will be more than 80 booths of retail vendors, community organizations, and food vendors. Highlights to include live entertainment on two stages and a children’s area. For booth information, call the Recreation Department at 310-217-9537.

Oct 12 @ 6:00 PM

The Italian Catholic Federation, branch 237 which is in partnership with Gardena St. Anthony of Padua Parish and School, will have its annual Columbus Day Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“We reach out with high school and college scholarships,” a spokesperson said. “Our Community support includes these and more: Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, The L.A. Mission, Parish Thanksgiving Baskets and Gardena’s Helping Hands Food-Bank.”

This year, the ICF is celebrating its 50 years of “faithful service to our Church and Community. Join us on our mission to continue to ‘Light a Fire.’”

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call Rose Moore at 310-516-0480.


Dec 19 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Gardena Elks Lodge No. 1919 will present its 2nd Holiday Drive-thru event, “Stuff a Stocking Drive-Thru” on Sunday, Dec. 19 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The event is for kids 10 years and younger and will take place at 1735 W. 162nd St., Gardena. Stockings will be provided. All guests must stay in their vehicles. The event is limited to 300 kids.

For more information, call 310-327-1919.

Free Virtual Fair Housing Workshop to Teach Fair Housing Rights & Responsibilities
Mar 9 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Gardena, CA – To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Virtual Fair Housing  Workshop via Zoom from 10:00am to 11:30am on Wednesday, March 9, 2021, for the city of Gardena. This workshop is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about how they are protected under fair housing laws, what their rights and responsibilities as tenants and landlords are, and how to deal with tenant and landlord disputes. Fair Housing Foundation will explain state and federal fair housing laws, discuss state and federally protected classes, notices, security deposit, rent increases, how COVID-19 has impacted housing including moratoriums and the COVID 19 Tenant Relief Act, and much more.

The Fair Housing Foundation services residents of the city of Gardena. We are contracted by the city of Gardena and receive funds through the Community Development Block Grants. We educate the public about Fair Housing rights and responsibilities through workshops, trainings, and community events. FHF provides mediation and counseling services through our housing assistance hotline 1-800-446-FAIR (3247) and walk-in clinics. We also investigate issues of discrimination related to housing.

For more information, visit

Registration is mandatory. RSVP here

 About the Fair Housing Foundation:

Founded in 1964, the Fair Housing Foundation (FHF) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational agency dedicated to promoting the enforcement of fair housing laws and encouraging an atmosphere of open housing through education, enforcement activities, counseling services, and outreach programs. The Fair Housing Foundation is an approved HUD Housing Counseling Affiliate. We are contracted with cities throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties to provide Fair Housing Services. Fair Housing Foundation serves over 10,000 clients annually through our programs.