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kushida familyThe San Fernando Valley JACL held its annual holiday program on Dec. 13 at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center in Pacoima. Activities included a potluck dinner and family photos with a Christmas backdrop. Above: Al and Mitzi Kushida with daughter Doreen, son-in-law Jose Gonzalez, and grandson Kai.

pinataKenyon Gohata-Chan takes a swing at a Christmas piñata. After several whacks, the kids collected the candy that spilled out.

santaKatie Kameya accepts a present from Santa Claus (Alden Katagihara).

troikaDean Inokuchi (in elf ears) enjoys Troika, in which participants dance in threes and constantly change partners.

line dancingLine dancing to “Jingle Bell Rock.”

singersNancy Gohata, Barbara Nakatsu, Evelyn Mitarai and Phil Shigekuni sing Christmas classics.

arts & craftsTraci Ishigo helps kids with Christmas arts and crafts.

Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

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