Last Update: Thursday, December 05, 2013
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|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00|
Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
San Fernando Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
The holiday season is officially kicked off in the city with music, entertainment, holiday treats and a special visit from Santa Claus who will visit with the children and take photos. The public is invited to this free community event.
The celebration will be held at First Street and Maclay Avenue in San Fernando. For more information, call (818) 898-1290.
North Valley Youth Baseball Tourney for Emily
The Northeast Valley Titans, along with North Valley Youth Baseball, are hosting a fundraiser for Emily Lomeli, #17, as she battles ovarian cancer. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the tournament go towards her treatment, and all donated toys will be given to the children at LAC-USC Medical Center Pediatric unit where Emily is currently receiving her care and chemotherapy. Stop by and watch the tournament, and bring an unwrapped toy for the hospital. Support the snack bar and/or make a donation to help Emily and her family.
Thursday, Dec. 12, 12 p.m.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Join Providence Holy Cross for a special celebration on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mariachi Nuevo de Cuicatlan. Areception immediately following.
The mass will be held at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Chapel, 15031 Rinaldi Street, Mission Hills. Please RSVP by calling (818) 496-4600.
Now through Dec. 21
Glorious California The Lay of its Land
California's landscapes of deserts, mountains and seas have always been an inspiration for artists. This group exhibit at the Galeria Gitana, in the heart of the city of San Fernando, is an expression of California's vast beauty.
Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Galeria Gitana, 120 N. Maclay Ave., Suite E, San Fernando. For more information, call (818) 898-7708.
Friday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Olvera Street Lighting Ceremony
Activities include seasonal entertainment, snow in the Plaza, children's workshops, toy giveaways and Santa Claus. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, home of world famous Olvera Street, presents the 2013 Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony. This special event will mark the official start of the holiday season at the city's birthplace in downtown Los Angeles where visitors can explore museums, enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine or shop for handicrafts and other unique gifts. Free entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. in the plaza, and continues until 9 p.m.
El Pueblo Historical Monument is located between Main and Alameda streets in downtown Los Angeles. Public parking is available at nearby lots on Main, Los Angeles and Alameda streets. Public transportation is also available via the Metrolink, MTA rail and bus service to Union Station. For more information, call (213) 485-8372.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chatsworth-Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce Holiday boutique
Join the Chatsworth- Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce and Our Community School in a Holiday Boutique. Enjoy great food, music and fun. Activities include a gift-wrapping station and a photo booth with Santa Claus.
Our Community School, 10045 Jumilla Ave., Chatsworth. For more information, call (818) 341-2428.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Pacoima Christmas Parade
The 46th annual Pacoima Christmas Parade and Festival features L.A. Councilmember Felipe Fuentes as grand marshal. Other participants include reality television stars Matt Burch and Froylan "Froy" Tercero," television actor Emillio Rivera," and movie actor Danny Trejo.
The parade route begins at the Pacoima City Hall on Van Nuys Boulevard and travels east on Van Nuys Boulevard before ending at the David Gonzales Recreation Center. A festival kicks off following the parade and will feature a winter wonderland with snow. For more information, call (818) 896-8140.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Veterans Holiday Celebration
The 21st Annual Veterans Celebration is free to all Veterans, active duty service members and their families. Please join us for great fun, delicious food, and live entertainment featuring Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts Band.
VA Hospital West LA, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Granada Hills Christmas Parade
The 30th annual Granada Hills Holiday Parade is Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This year's theme is "Favorite Holiday Traditions," and the parade will feature more than 100 entries and an estimated 4,000 participants from car clubs, marching bands, scout troupes and dancing groups.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will appear. Tom Kenny, the voice of popular cartoon character "SpongeBob SquarePants," is the grand marshal.
The parade route starts at Chatsworth Street and Balboa Avenue, proceeds west on Chatsworth Street to Zelzah Avenue, then turns south and ends at Granada Hills High School.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Holiday Caroling Festivities
This annual caroling kicks off the holiday season at six locations, starting at the West Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center. While the holiday season, for many, is "the most wonderful time of the year," it can be a difficult time for seniors who suffer from increased feelings of isolation and depression. Through music, compassion, and companionship, "Holiday Caroling" gives seniors, care-givers and volunteers a special gift of love, time, emotional and spiritual healing.
The center is located at 940 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park. For more information call (818) 347-3800 or visit facebook.com/holidaycaroling.
Monday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Granada Hills Youth Recreation Center Inaugural Golf Tournament
The Granada Hills Youth Recreation Center is having its inaugural golf tournament. The money raised from the tournament is for the GHYRC to use for its athletic facilities. Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Dr., Northridge. For more information, call Mike Chibidakis, (818) 399-2403.
Friday, Dec. 13, is the final day to drop off toys
LAPD Devonshire PALS 30th Annual Holiday Toy Drive
The actual toy drive hosted by the LAPD Devonshire PALS Center, is Dec. 14 beginning at 9 a.m., with a goal of giving 1,000 local children at this year's event. Parents need to attend with their children to receive a toy. No reservations are necessary, Community groups and businesses can help this effort by organizing toy drives and collecting personal donations. A toy collection box can be provided upon request.
Toys can be dropped off at the Community Service Center at 9207 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth; PALS Center, 8721 Wilbur Ave., Northridge; or the Devonshire Police Station, 10250 Etiwanda Ave., Northridge.
For more information contact Jessie Levine, Field Deputy, at (818) 882-1212.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Toys For Tots Collection
Cadets from the North Valley Military Institute will be collecting unwrapped toys for any aged chilled at the Mission Hills Bowl. There will be appearances by LAPD Mission Division police officers, and Santa Claus. In addition to arts and crafts, the North Valley YMCA will be giving away free 7-day membership coupons.
Mission Hills Bowl, 10430 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Valley Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert
Come and enjoy Valley area young musicians in a winter concert for the whole family, led by distinguished Conductor, Dr. Henry Shin. Musical selections from various composes including Verdi, Strauss, Rogers and Borodin.
Teddy Bear Drive
Los Angles Mayor Garcetti's Crisis Response Team and the LAPD are organizing a Teddy Bear Drive to collect new stuffed animals to give to children who have experienced trauma or loss. Donations are being accepted now through the end of the year.
Toys can be dropped off at various LAPD locations including the Mission Hills Division, 11121 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills. You can also mail the toys to The Mayor's Crisis Response Team, 200 N. Spring St., Room 303, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Help Operation Blankets of Love Provide Comfort to Animals in Shelters
You can help keep cats and dogs in City Animal Shelters warm and comfortable by supporting the efforts of Operation Blankets of Love. The San Fernando Valley-based nonprofit organization gathers donated blankets, towels and pet beds and distributes them to animal shelters.
Donated items can be dropped off at Pet People, 18040 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 05:52|