Get ready for the holidays!

The community is already in full swing for the holiday season, so prepare to enjoy some of these great upcoming events.

LAPD TOY DRIVE

The Los Angeles Police Department will conduct its annual Community Holiday Toy Drive through Saturday, December 19th.

To participate, simply drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the Pacific Station, 12312 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. All toys will go to needy children within the Pacific division’s service area.

In addition, if you drop off toys on December 19th, children can enjoy snow and sledding in the station’s parking

lot as part of Santa’s Winter

Wonderland.

SANTA CLAUS IS

COMIN’ TO TOWN

From Tuesday through Thursday, December 8th through 17th, the LAPD will escort Santa in his police sleigh throughout the Pacific area from

5 to 9 p.m., so be on the lookout for Santa at the following dates/places:

December 8th — Venice Beach and the Oakwood Neighborhood;

December 9th — East of Centinela Avenue

between Venice Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard;

December 10th — West of Centinela Avenue between

Venice and Jefferson boulevards, including Playa Vista

and the Oxford Triangle of Venice;

December 14th — East of Lincoln Boulevard to Sepulveda Boulevard, between National and Venice boulevards;

December 16th — Westchester area east of Sepulveda Boulevard; and December 17th ——Westchester area west of Sepulveda Boulevard.

For more information and specific routes, please visit the Pacific Station or contact senior lead officer Heidi Llanes at (310) 622-3971.

MUSIC AND MISTLETOE

The Westchester-based a-cappella group Westside Voices will celebrate the holidays with an afternoon feast of holiday music beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 12th in the Fellowship Hall of Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave.

Westside Voices is a group comprised of solo and choral singers from throughout the area. With a repertoire from jazz to classical, from madrigals to world music, and doo-wop to holiday music, Westside Voices performs a wide range of songs. The December 12th concert will focus on a variety of holiday standards from all faiths as well as a variety of other interesting selections.

Admission is free, though a donation of $10 per person is suggested. A reception follows, and reservations are a must. To reserve your seats, please call (310) 670-3777.

LMU TREE LIGHTING

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will hold its annual

Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 1st at Regents Terrace on the LMU campus.

The public is invited to come and celebrate the holiday season with horse-drawn carriage rides, “Iggy the LMU Lion” dressed as Santa, snacks, and the annual lighting of the tree with a blessing from LMU President Robert Lawton.

In addition, the school’s public ice skating rink will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, December 1st through 3rd. Skating is free during the first two hours each day and $5 per person thereafter with all proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

SEASON OF GIVING

FOOD DRIVE

The Playa Vista Farmers Market will be collecting food for the LAX Food Pantry, which supplies food to needy individuals and families in Inglewood, Westchester, Playa del Rey, El Segundo and surrounding areas.

Though the food pantry is only open two days a week, it is able to feed 60 to 90 families each day.

Non-perishable food items will be collected at the market’s information booth between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both Saturday, November 28th and Saturday, December 5th. The market is located on Seabluff Drive, south of Pacific Promenade in Playa Vista.

HOLIDAY PARADE

Westchester’s Tenth Annual Holiday Street Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 6th.

The parade will begin at the corner of Loyola Boulevard and Manchester Avenue and head east along Manchester to Emerson Avenue.

The parade will feature Santa Claus and many others as well as raffle prizes, vendors, food and music.

For more information, please call (541) 761-5262.

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