Merry Christmas and Happy New Years SouthLA
“Deck Crenshaw with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la!” It’s Holiday Time in South Los Angeles, and we’re shaping up pretty well if I may say so myself. There are a slew of events being putting on around town from Tree Lightings’ to Toy Give Aways’. Councilmember Parks hosted the 10th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday concert on Monday, November 26 on Crenshaw Blvd. Organized the first year of Councilmen Parks term, the free family oriented event has become a tradition within the SouthLA community. Over to Baldwin Hills, My Mother’s Order of the Eastern Star Group passed out meals and toys at Holiday Festival this past Saturday. Formally known as Christmas in November, the Holiday Festival is hosted by Children Youth and Family Collaborative at Rancho Cienaga Park next to Dorsey. CYFCLA has nearly 2000 youth in foster and kinship. And in one joyous evening youth ranging in ages from infancy to young adulthood will gather to enjoy a catered meal, live entertainment, and age appropriate gifts donated by individuals and businesses. Hosted across town, at the under construction MLK Hospital, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, hosted nearly 250 elementary Friday night at the fourth annual tree lighting ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center in Willowbrook. The gathering, which was also supported by Legrant Communications, served also as a time of reflection in honor of those who left us in the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting. As student celebrated the fourth tree lighting at Willowbrook they enjoyed hot cocoa, sugar cookies and receive a toy for Christmas. But now if you missed all of that you could have even taking a stroll down Slauson Ave. over in the Ladera-Windsor Hills area for a little Christmas shopping and indulged in free desserts and cider provided by the business owners with light jazz being played from a dj’s both setup outside. And then back over to Crenshaw with Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, who also hosted the 10th Annual Toy Giveaway and Celebration at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, joined by CD8 staff and the Regalettes. More than 1,500 toys were distributed to local children at the event, which also featured music, live entertainment and a “winter wonderland” section where children were able to play in 17 tons of real snow. Oh and check out the toys that were given out in Exporsition Park0 Tell us about your Holiday plans SouthLA. Merry Christmas To All!