The Ninth Annual Santa’s Village Festival of Trees is gearing up for another fantastic event starring Ol’ St. Nick and a ton of surprises.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd, at Westchester-Emerson Community Adult School, 8810 S. Emerson Ave., in Westchester.

Mrs. Claus is expected to arrive by train at 9:30 a.m., and Santa and his elves by helicopter at 10 a.m.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of contests, raffles, entertainment and more. There will also be a silent auction, food and a holiday boutique.

Twenty lucky winners will receive a live Christmas tree, and photos with Santa will be available for $10 apiece.

Those interested can bring a $10 to $15 new toy, which will be donated to a needy child through the St. Margaret’s Center, or a new or gently used item of clothing for babies or toddlers that will be donated to Rose Vista, Westside Pregnancy Resource Center.

Information, Terry O’Conner at (310) 994-9904 or terry_ oconnor2004@yahoo.com

ELKS HOLD HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE — The Westchester Elks Lodge will host a holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 25th.

There will be lots of wonderful gift items — everything from mosaic tables and jewelry to wine, jelly and other great holiday foods. The Pampered Chef will give cooking demonstrations at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

There will be a raffle going on all day and raffle tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5. All proceeds from the boutique benefit the Elks charities.

The public is welcome, and there is plenty of parking in the rear of the building.

LAWA TO REVEAL NORTHSIDE CONCEPTS — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will post “preliminary concepts” for reuse of hundreds of acres of vacant land north and east of LAX on its Web site by Tuesday, November 28th. LAWA will then hold public outreach meetings from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 6th, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 9th, to hear from the community regarding the airport-owned properties known as LAX Northside and Manchester Square.

The meetings will be held at the Flight Path Learning Center, 6661 W. Imperial Highway in Westchester.

The LAX Northside land runs along Westchester Parkway from approximately Sepulveda Boulevard to Pershing Drive and covers about 350 acres. The area formerly included 3,500 homes that were removed due to airport noise during the 1970s.

In the 1980s, a 4.5 million-square-foot commercial office and hotel project was approved by the City Council, for the Northside area, although no development actually occurred at the site.

Manchester Square is a 0.5-by-0.5-mile neighborhood of houses and apartment buildings LAWA began purchasing in the late 1990s. Most of the houses are gone, but the apartments, which form the outer ring of the area remain.

To read the concept plans, to be posted by November 28th, go to www.laxmasterplan.org/public Meetings.cfm

More information is available at (800) 919-3766.