El Cerrito sustains Christmas tradition

Chris Treadway, The Oakland Tribune, Calif.

Dec. 22–One of the East Bay’s most endearing and enduring holiday displays is once again in place on an El Cerrito hillside, continuing a tradition started by the late Sundar Shadi in 1949.

Community volunteers, led by the El Cerrito chapter of Soroptimist International, turned out Saturday morning to install the figures and pieces created by Shadi on the open property on Moeser Lane at Seaview Drive.

“It’s a good turnout. I am so appreciative,” said Soroptimist member Jane Bartke, noting that helping hands included local police and fire personnel, Boy Scouts from Troop 104 and a couple of current council members.

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