Gardena, CA
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Articles by Philip Prins

Sounds of conversation and laughter fill the front yard of the Gardena house as parents, children and community members mill about, sipping on hot apple cider and wolfing down homemade cookies. The crowd waits with anticipation for the arrival of the Gardena Police Officers Association's Santa float.

The owner of the home, Aileen Araki, 62, pours cider into Styrofoam cups near the front gate of her yard, watching the crowd and smiling.