Holiday Rush with Gardena Spirit

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Photo by Gilberto Alapixco Many joy-filled members of the Gardena St. Anthony of Padua Church Senior Club attended the annual Christmas holiday luncheon at The Burnt Tortilla in Gardena. They are in an especially “happy frame of mind” because the tradition had been revived after a year without this gathering, due to the pandemic. The Senior Club had arrived at the Burnt Tortilla after visiting Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s annual Holiday Tree Festival.
The GPD’s Gardena Police
Officer Association’s Jolly Trolley
Park Tour made its first stop of
the Christmas season on Dec. 9
at Rowley Park. The second stop
was on Dec. 14 and tonight’s
final stop will be revealed on the
police department’s social media
platforms, including Facebook.
The trolley has replaced the
GPD’s Santa Sleigh, which last
toured the city in 2019. The
trolley delivered Gardena’s City
Council and Santa Claus.
Photo by Gary Kohatsu
Photo courtesy of Elaine Bersano
On Dec. 1, members of the St. Anthony of Padua Church Senior Club
arrived at Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Holiday Tree Festival
fundraiser. Pictured, from left, are Jim Settle, Precy Settle, Mrs. Claus,
Santa, Elaine Bersano and Eleanor Bersano. Frosty the Snowman is also
featured. This annual festival has a lovely holiday boutique, a display of
beautiful theme-based Christmas trees, and fun entertainment, including
the Gardena JCI’s Hauoli Hula Dance Group, accompanied by the Na
Mele Kakou Ukulele Band. The Seniors were pleased to see Gardena’s
own Brandon Gomez, who served as festival DJ/MC. Member Elaine
Bersano said what made this event special were, “the beauty of the trees,
the Christmas ambiance and the warm friendly hospitality of the many
volunteers. The TMMC Foundation’s Opportunity Drawing proceeds are
targeted for the Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute.”
Photo by Gilberto Alapixco
Many joy-filled members of the Gardena St. Anthony of Padua Church Senior Club attended the annual
Christmas holiday luncheon at The Burnt Tortilla in Gardena. They are in an especially “happy frame of mind”
because the tradition had been revived after a year without this gathering, due to the pandemic. The Senior Club
had arrived at the Burnt Tortilla after visiting Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s annual Holiday Tree Festival.
Holiday Rush with Gardena Spirit