Palisades-Malibu YMCA Christmas Tree Lot Opens December 1

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More than 1,000 Christmas Trees are available for sale  at the YMCA lot in Simon Meadow.

It is so easy to pick the perfect Christmas tree.

Go to Simon Meadow at Temescal and Sunset, select one from the more than 1,000 in the lot. There is a wonderful selection of Nobel, Nordmann and Vintage Noble trees, ranging in size from tabletop to 14-feet tall. There are garlands, wreaths and evergreen swag.

Once you have your tree, let workers strap it to your car or have them deliver the tree to your door if you’re inside the delivery area (Capris to Entrada to Sunset and PCH). If you’re in Brentwood, no worries, the Y will make arrangements to aid with tree delivery.

The lot will be open Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The trees 8-to-14 foot tall were unloaded one by one and carried to the lot.

Y workers started assembling the lot on Sunday, November 27 at 8:30 a.m. when the first of three semitruck loads of trees were delivered from Oregon.

The first semi carried 275 trees ranging in size from 8 to 14 ft. Each tree was carefully unloaded by hand by one of 12 helpers and carried to the lot.

Truck driver Julio Larrave said he picked up the second load of 707 trees in Oregon, late Friday night and started his drive to the Palisades. After his truckload of trees were unloaded, Larrave said he was headed back to Oregon for more trees.

More than 700 smaller trees, under 8 feet, were pulled onto the lot.

The third semi was set to unload today, November 30, just in time for the lot’s opening tomorrow.

Y Executive Director Jim Kirtley shows a new Christmas tree stand.

YMCA Executive Director Jim Kirtley, who has been working at the Y-lot since 2001, has a new Christmas tree stand, that “has significantly less leakage.” The stand for the tree has a stake, that is surrounded by a rubber grommet.

This is one of the Y’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Residents know they can get a tree much cheaper at those big box stores, but by purchasing locally, are supporting the local Y and some of its programs.

Residents are invited to the tree lighting at Simon Meadow on December 3. The event starts at 4 p.m. with hot cocoa, popcorn and music. The tree will be lit at 5 p.m.

On December 11, there will be a holiday glass sale at the lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be one of a kind glass gifts, jewelry and ornaments. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Santa Monica College Art Department and also the Y.

Tree sale proceeds, in addition to providing scholarships, will go to benefit youth. The Y’s Youth and Government runs two programs, a high school Model Legislature & Court and a middle school Model United Nations. Annually, students, many on scholarship go to Sacramento and learn how to write and pass bills and govern.

The Palisades-Malibu Y also has a teen fitness program, which gives a free personal training session to teens 12 to 17 years old. Currently there are sessions on Tuesday and Thursday at 4 and 5 p.m. To register, the teen must be on a YMCA Family membership.

The group had just unloaded a truck of more than 275 large trees, when the next semi, with more than 700 trees, pulled in the lot and needed to be unloaded.

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