The Venice Japanese Community Center, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the heritage and perpetuate the Japanese-American cultural experience, will hold its annual fundraising Summer Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 21st and 22nd.

The event is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21st, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 22nd, at the community center, 12448 Braddock Drive, Del Rey.

The festival, which has been held since at least the mid-1960s, is the center’s largest public event and attracts hundreds of attendees every year. Admission is free.

The festival provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about Japanese and Japanese-American cultures, as the center offers a number of classes and programs promoting the Japanese language, traditional culture, martial arts and sports.

The community center also hosts a hot lunch program for seniors, supports a Boy Scout troop and serves as an election polling site.

Activities during the two-day event include Japanese festival dancing (at 6 p.m. on June 21st, and at 5:30 p.m. on June 22nd), a showcase of traditional and contemporary performing and martial arts throughout the afternoon on both days, cultural exhibits, games and a plant sale.

The festival also provides an opportunity to sample a variety of food, including traditional Japanese sushi, udon (noodle soup) and teriyaki chicken, as well as other Japanese-American and American standards.

Information, (310) 822-8885, or the center’s Web site at www.vjcc.com/.

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