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LAPD Pacific Community Police Station toy drive continues to Sun., Dec. 12

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Police Station is continuing to accept new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to children in need in the local area served by the police station. Deadline for donating the toys is Sunday, December 12th. The toys will be distributed during the week of Monday, December 13th, to Friday, December 17th. Information on the toy drive, Senior Lead Officer Heidi Llanes, (310)...

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Holiday concerts and events galore begin locally weeks before holidays

The wave of holiday special events that mark the weeks leading up to Christmas, Chanukah, Winter solstice and New Year’s Day, has begun in the local area with concerts at local churches, children’s events and art shows. COLBURN CHILDREN’S CHOIR — This holiday “Masters in the Chapel” series concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 12th, at the First Lutheran Church of Venice will feature a performance by the Colburn Children’s Choir, an ensemble of child musicians from the Colburn School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles. The student choir, led by Mark Williams, will perform Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach along with other classical holiday selections. The First Lutheran Church of Venice is at 815 Venice Blvd., Venice. Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for children and seniors. Information, (310) 821-2740. MESSIAH CONCERT — For the past 34 years, Westchester Lutheran Church has been holding holiday performances of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. This year is no exception. The 35th annual performance of Messiah, directed by Marshall Ramirez, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5th, at the Westchester Lutheran Church, 7831 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. The choral concert features solo artists from the Los Angeles Opera and the Pacific Chorale, a group of singers from local choirs and a 20-piece orchestra. This year Messiah’s traditional...

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Lady Washington arrives Dec. 9th

The tall ship Lady Washington will arrive in Marina del Rey Thursday, December 9th, a day before the vessel is scheduled to participate in the first of two Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parades. The ship will be moored near the lighthouse at Fisherman’s Village on Fiji Way through Sunday, December 26th, when she will be joined by a tour partner, the Hawaiian Chieftain. During the Lady Washington’s visit in the Marina, the vessel will be available for public dockside tours, battle reenactment and adventure sails. The public will also be able to be the Lady Washington when the ship participates in the two Marina Holiday Boat Parades Friday and Saturday, December 10th and 11th. Reservations for tickets for Lady Washington public events are available through the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, (800) 200-LADY. The Lady Washington is a reproduction of 18th Century tall ships. The ship was launched March 7th, 1989 in Aberdeen, Washington. The ship is 112 feet in length. The ship’s width varies from 22 feet at beam and 20 feet at waterline. The main mast is 90-feet high and the fore mast is 80-feet high. The vessel weighs 178 long tons and its ballast — lead and concrete — 65 tons. The vessel can travel at 7.5 knots under motor power and at nine knots under sail. The ship carries 11 sails — six square sails...

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Firefighters and police officers, Santa will ride through SM streets Saturday

Santa Claus will be riding through the streets of Santa Monica Saturday, December 4th. Santa will be getting some assistance from Santa Monica city firefighters and police officers. Santa and his helpers will be distributing good cheer and thousands of candy canes as part of the 13th Annual Candy Cane Drive. Santa Monica children are encouraged to look and listen for the lights and sirens of the public safety vehicles and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Santa’s Santa Monica scheduled stops Saturday will include: 10:30 to 10:50 a.m., Douglas Park, California Avenue and 25th Street; 11 to 11:20 a.m., Christine Reed Park, California Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard; 11:30 to 11:50 a.m., Third Street Promenade and Wilshire Boulevard; 1:30 to 1:50 p.m., Memorial Park, 14th Street Parking Lot; 2 to 2:20 p.m., Marine Park, Marine Street and 17th Street; 2:30 to 2:50 p.m., Clover Park, Ocean Park Boulevard and the 25th Street Parking Lot. Information, Santa Monica Police Department Community Relations office, (310)...

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Supervisor Knabe wants county to sue, challenging LAX plan EIS/EIR if LA City Council supports LAX plan in vote next Tuesday

County Supervisor Don Knabe wants the county to initiate a lawsuit challenging the environmental impact statement (EIS) and environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Master Plan if the Los Angeles City Council overrides a county commission opposition to the LAX plan and approves the LAX plan, as expected, in a second vote Tuesday, December 7th. The City Council was forced to take a second vote on the LAX plan because the plan was opposed by the Los Angeles County Airport Land Use Commission, which found the LAX expansion plan was “inconsistent” with the county Airport Land Use Plan. Knabe said Tuesday that Los Angeles City Council members — “rather than address the issues raised by the (County Airport Land Use Commission) — have proposed to override the County Airport Land Use Commission’s findings when the City Council votes Tuesday, December 7th,” as the city moves forward with its final approval of the LAX Master Plan. “The county, as an affected agency, should take issue with the city’s override as the Master Plan is not only inconsistent with the (county Land Use Plan), it also fails to ensure the orderly expansion of LAX while maximizing the public’s exposure to excessive noise and safety hazards, and is, therefore, inconsistent with the overall objectives of the (County Airport Land Use Commission) statutes. “As a public agency,...

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