Huell Howser Announces Retirement
Huell Howser, whose public television shows have explored every aspect of California over the last three decades, announced his retirement this week. Above, Howser is seen performing the oath of office for Councilmember Tom LaBonge at his first swearing-in ceremony at Griffith Observatory in 2001. Howser is a longtime resident of the Fourth District. “I send my best wishes to the greatest ambassador California has ever known,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “He’s real California gold.”


LAPD North Hollywood Area Holiday Toy Drive
Collecting thru Dec. 21, our goal this year is to pass out 2,000 toys to the neighborhood children. Thanks to your generosity and support we hope to meet that goal.

Please drop off your new unwrapped toys at the following locations:

North Hollywood Police Station –
11640 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood

Four N 20 Restaurant –
4554 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City

Four N 20 Restaurant –
5600 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys
The Magnolia Grille Restaurant –
10530 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood

Nat’s Early Bite Restaurant –
14115 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Patys Restaurant –
10001 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake

Studio City Hand Car Wash –
11514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

The Good Earth Restaurant –
12345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

For more information please contact the North Hollywood Division Community Relations Office at (818) 623-4001. For larger donations a federal tax identification number is available.


Fritz’s Holiday Lights and Toys for Tots Campaign
NBC4 Southern California launched its annual Fritz’s Holiday Lights and Toys for Tots campaign on Nov. 28. In its 11th year, Fritz’s Holiday Lights was created to bring holiday cheer to the Southland, with NBC4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman visiting local communities each year in search of the most festive and brightly decorated homes to be featured on the station’s 11 p.m. evening news.
For the first time, Coleman will stop in nearby neighborhoods to collect toy donations on a special “Fritz’s Holiday Lights” double-decker bus. The brightly decorated, festive bus will tour local communities each weeknight with Coleman and crew spreading holiday cheer. To follow the bus’ location and find out how you can donate, tune in to the NBC4 News and follow NBCLA on Twitter using the hashtag #FHL2012. The community will also have the opportunity to donate packaged, new toys at participating LA LIVE restaurants through Dec. 14.
NBC4 viewers are also invited to submit photos of their favorite decorated homes in the region to be considered for Fritz’s Holiday Lights by emailing FHL@nbcla.com with “Fritz’s Holiday Lights” in the subject line. On Christmas Day, NBC4 will broadcast a half-hour special highlighting all of the decorated homes featured during Fritz’s Holiday Lights tour.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Boutique
Featuring pottery, paintings, photography, ornaments, decorations, clothing, jewelry, quilts, and more! Find the unique gift you’re looking for!

Creative Arts Center
1100 W. Clark Ave.
Until Dec. 13: Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

For more information, call (818) 238-5397.


Pasadena Christian School has scheduled a Campus Tour
Prospective parents interested in preschool (2-5 years old) through eighth grade are encouraged to attend. They will have an opportunity to meet the school administrators and learn about the curriculum and programs offered. Parents may briefly observe in the classrooms and will be taken on a special tour of the campus.

Pasadena Christian School
1515 N. Los Robles Ave.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 9—10:30 a.m.

For reservations, please call (626) 791-1214 or visit pasadenachristian.org.


Annual Holiday Concert
Bring the family to the Annual Holiday Concert of the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale and Orchestra, Terry Danne, Conductor, presented by the Pierce College Philharmonic Choir.
This traditional event will feature Respighi’s “Laud to the Nativity” with Grace Balint as the Angel, Lindsay Patterson as Mary, and Daniel Plaster as the Shepherd, plus selections from Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Additional soloists with the Chorale include Tanya Edwards and Fe’ao Bloomfield singing familiar holiday songs and carols.
This musical delight will include a reception featuring an appearance by Santa presenting gifts to the children in attendance. The Chorale continues its tradition of having audience members bring a small, unwrapped toy to be delivered to children at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students, children, and military, with a special rate of $40 for families of four. Call (818) 753-3306. Or purchase tickets online at brownpaperticket.com, or phone, 800-838-3006.
This family event has become a tradition over the past 15 years, and has been heartily received by audiences and critics alike.

St. Mel Catholic Church
20870 Ventura Blvd.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

To learn more about the Chorale,
see sfvmc-test.org.

Hollywood Christmas Parade Rings in Holidays

The Hollywood Christmas Parade brought holiday cheer to Hollywood Boulevard this past Sunday, and the Sister Cities of Los Angeles were featured in their own float, as pictured above. Each city was represented by two participants, and the group passed through on a double decker bus decorated with sister city banners. Actor Joe Mantegna served as Grand Marshal for the event, and thousands of Angelenos showed up (and took the Red Line) to make the parade a grand success.

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