Category Archives: Holidays

Angels Whispering Messages of Peace 

(Editor’s note: this was first printed in December 2004, when my children were 13, 11 and 8. ) Since the time I was a baby, every Christmas I heard the song “It came upon a midnight clear. . ..” I’ve … Continue reading

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The Brownstone Tree

(Editor’s note: Over the next five nights, I plan to run stories/viewpoints that I’ve written that center around Christmas. This is a story I wrote 20 years ago.) When I lived in New York and took acting classes, I was … Continue reading

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A Grinch Cannot Stop This Year’s Ho!Ho!Ho! Festivities

The anticipation was high on Saturday as Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived at Fire Station 69 and were transported to Simon Meadow atop the hook-and-ladder truck. Hearing sirens and seeing lights flashing, drivers pulled over, but once they saw Santa … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi Promotes the Spirit of Giving with “Santa Claus Saturday”

Corpus Christi Parish will conduct a special event this week called “Santa Claus Saturday,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot, off Carey Street. Unwrapped toys, dolls, games, balls, hoodies, art supplies, bikes, scooters or a … Continue reading

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Seven Arrows Kindergarten Students Lead a Food Drive

What can a small group do to help the community? Just ask Seven Arrows Elementary kindergarten students and they can tell you that they were able to help collect almost 11,000 food items that were donated to the Westside Food … Continue reading

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Busy Holiday Weekend Planned at Simon Meadow

  SATURDAY: SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN Santa Claus arrives on December 11 at Simon Meadow in Temescal Canyon. Kids of all ages can compose Letters to Santa and drop them in special Ho!Ho!Ho! mailboxes at Simon Meadow. Letters to Santa … Continue reading

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YMCA Christmas Tree Lot Opens Tomorrow in Temescal

The pine-flavored scent at Simon Meadow, at the corner of Temescal Canyon and Sunset, is sweet this week. On Sunday, a semi-truck laden with Christmas trees from Oregon arrived at Simon Meadow. The truck driver told Circling the News it was … Continue reading

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GivingTuesday Allows Time for Reflection and Donation

GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City, as a way to encourage people to give back in their daily lives – from donating to nonprofits to volunteering at … Continue reading

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Charlie Brown Tree on the Village Green Is Lit

Driving or walking by the Village Green after dark starting tomorrow, you might see twinkly lights – and if you look up at the towering pine tree, it will be festooned with multi-colored lights.   Here’s the story . . . … Continue reading

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Palisades Interfaith Service Celebrates Thanksgiving with “Unity in Gratitude”

As the last hymn was sung at the annual Interfaith celebration, “Unity in Gratitude,” hosted by the Pacific Palisades Ministerial Association, I marveled at our town’s religious leaders and their understanding of our spiritual needs. The hymn’s first verse, written by Siegfried … Continue reading

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