Saturday, June 14, 2008

Events Showcase SP History, Culture

June 21 will be a busy day in San Pedro’s cultural life.

These three events will showcase aspects of the community’s history and culture.

Seaside Art Exhibit

Artwork of coastal scenes will be on display at Royal Palms beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The show is part of a local family’s yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of Royal Palms and White Point beaches.

For more information, call (310) 831-6397.

Celebrating SP’s African-American History

Community members will observe Juneteenth at a picnic in Peck Park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The 28th annual event pays tribute to the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.

In additional to the special historical program about Juneteenth, speakers will give updates about community issues and current events in San Pedro.

The picnic also celebrates the long history of African-American contributions to San Pedro.

For more information, call (310) 701-6470 or (310) 631-5644.

Celebrating SP’s Italian History

San Pedrans of Italian heritage are celebrating their history and culture at the fourth “Italian feast” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ports O’ Call Restaurant.

The daylong event is designed to educate younger generations about their ancestors’ pioneering role in early 20th-Century San Pedro.

Ship manifests listing Ellis Island immigrants, historic photos and other documents will offer a look at the lives and accomplishments of San Pedro’s first Italians.

A 1921 photo of the L.A. group Sons of Italy, including many who made their home in San Pedro.

“We do this to educate young people about the sacrifices that were made,” said organizer Rebecca Trani, whose cousins run J. Trani Ristorante on Ninth Street. “We hope to keep the young people in touch with their Italian culture and instill pride in San Pedro.”

Restaurants and individual families are preparing the “feast” for hundreds of people expected to attend the open house-style gathering.

“We hope to pass on the traditional recipes that we were raised on,” said Trani. “These are recipes that you don’t really find being served any more these days.”

The event is free and open to general public. For more information, call (310) 971-7957.

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