SANTA COMES TO TOWN
LAPD officers will be escorting Santa’s sleigh through Westchester and Ladera Heights from 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, making brief stops at five locations: 5962 W. 75th St. at 4:30 p.m., 8880 Earhart Ave. at 5 p.m., Croyden Avenue between West 83rd Place and West 85th Place at 5:45 p.m.,
8327 Reading Ave. at 6:45 p.m., and at West 63rd and South Fairfax avenues at
7:45 p.m. Stop times may be off by 15 to 30 minutes, but listen for sirens, music and flashing police lights and you might be able to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas.
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVES
9th annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive: Give new, unwrapped toys to support the LAPD Pacific Division’s Winter Wonderland Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 5 and 6). Santa and his “elvettes” make a special appearance at 1 p.m. Sunday. Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (213) 202-2700; laparks.org
Holiday Magic Toy Drive Happy Hour Mixer & Dance Party: Mix, mingle, dance and donate toys on Sunday, Dec. 6, at this festive holiday party hosted by Renee Piane at Hotel MdR, 13480 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Light appetizers and happy hour drinks specials start at 5:30; dancing and mixer begins at 7 p.m. No host bar. Bring unwrapped toys, sporting goods or MP3 players. Toys benefit the LAPD’s Toy Party giveaway on Dec. 12. $20 to $30; holiday attire. reneepiane.come/events
Santa Monica PAL Best Gift Ever Toy Drive: Santa Monica’s Police Activity League teams up with Downtown Santa Monica Inc. and Santa Monica Place to bring toys to kids enrolled at the league. Drop off toys through Dec. 11 at PAL (1401 Olympic Blvd.), ICE (corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue), or the Public Safety Facility at 333 Olympic Drive.
LAPD Pacific Division 2015 Winter Wonderland: The LAPD Pacific Boosters need cash and toy donations to bring holiday cheer to families in need on Dec. 12. Drop off at the station (12312 Culver Blvd., Del Rey), call (310) 202-2890 or visit pacificboosters.org
Chicano Riders and Friends 10th annual Toy Poker Run by the Sea: On Dec. 13, go for a motorcycle ride, play some poker and eat some BBQ, all for a good cause. Single riders participate for $10 and a toy valued at $10 or more; couples for $15 and a toy. The Towels band provides live music. Register from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; ride at 11:15 a.m. Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 13018 W. Washington Blvd., Mar Vista.
Union Rescue Mission’s
24th annual Christmas Toy Store Drive: Drop off a new, unwrapped toy through Dec. 16 at the Westchester Elks Lodge 2050, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 821-3005
The Great Venice Toy
Drive and Holiday Festival: The city of L.A. , the Venice Neighborhood Council and the Vera Davis McClendon Youth & Family Center sponsor a toy giveaway and host holiday activities, including photos with Santa, a moon bounce and snow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice. Toys will be distributed (first come, first served) to children up to age 16, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
New, unwrapped and non-violent toys can be donated beforehand at the Oakwood Recreation Center or the following locations: Abbot’s Habit (1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.), HUZZAH! (2010 Lincoln Blvd.) Oscar’s Cerveteca (523 Rose Ave.), Superba Food +Bread (1900 Lincoln Blvd.), and the Venice Farmers Market from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays.