El Camino to Celebrate Spring with Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

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Taiko drummers at last year's Cherry Blossom Festival.

Taiko drummers at last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

TORRANCE — El Camino College’s 14th annual Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the breezeway between the Shops and Communications buildings on the ECC campus, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., near Torrance.

The annual Dr. Nadine Ishitani Hata Memorial Cherry Blossom Festival is named after the college’s former vice president of academic affairs, who passed away in 2005. Hata was an internationally known scholar who was extremely involved in academia and community work. She was instrumental in bringing the cherry trees to the campus 14 years ago, one of the many programs she supported during her 34-year career at El Camino College.

Under Hata’s leadership, the Cherry Blossom Festival has become a college tradition, a way to ring in the spring season and celebrate friendship.

Koto and taiko artists will perform at the celebration, and students from English instructor Clint Margrave’s poetry class will present haiku. In addition, light refreshments will be served.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by the El Camino College Foundation and the Office of Staff and Student Diversity. For more information, call (310) 660-3593, ext. 3813.

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