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.
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 email@example.com.
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://waters.house.gov and click on the community meetings and event link in the lower right corner. Or call 323-757-0900.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner will be provided for guests in attendance. The proceeds will go toward benefitting the students of Serra High.