Heritage Festival kicks off October program

October 1, 2013 by  

A diverse month lies ahead for Gardena residents, who can celebrate with the Heritage Festival and also learn to make dyed yarn during October.

Gardena Police Department’s 13th annual pancake breakfast will be held from 7:00 am to 10:00 am on Saturday, October 5, at the Nakaoka Community Center located at 1670 West 162nd Street in Gardena. Proceeds will benefit Gardena’s K-9 program.

Saturday is also the day for the annual Heritage Festival and Street Fair, which will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Gardena Civic Center, 1700 West 162nd Street.

There will be more than 70 different booths with food and arts and crafts as well as live entertainment provided by Michael Haggins. Banner printing makes it easy to announce events to the community and mark the location of entertainment venues. For more information about this, call (310) 217-9537.

The following weekend, the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve is the site for a free class on creating dyes from yarn using garden clippings and native plants. This is a hands-on workshop on Saturday, October 12.

On the Sunday, there is a chance to take a stroll through the preserve with Tongva Indian Linda Gonzales and learn how to make a doll, rope, and cradle toys the old -ashioned way using harvested tules. For more information, call (310) 217-0681.

The events will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Participants should wear a hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes. Insect repellant is advised and participants are welcome to bring a camera and take photos.

The entrance to the preserve is located in Arthur Johnson Park between Vermont and Normandie Avenues, 1200 West 170th Street in Gardena.