Contributed by Sandy Lippe:
Since 2002, UCCA has provided a special December event in honor of Christmas as a gift to the U.C. community: a decorated tree, hot chocolate and cookies, music for the season, and many other surprises. The weather had cooperated most years, but in 2010 and last year, we had raindrops falling on our head. What’s in store this year?
Weather-wise, it could be clear and bright or El Nino could launch a shower or two. If inclement weather occurs, we still encourage the community to come on out to Standley Park on Friday, December 11th, to enjoy many activities. We will go inside if necessary, as we did last year.
Standley Park is planning Dinner with Santa, a spaghetti dinner starting at 5:00 PM, at unbelievably low prices: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6-12 years old. Five year olds and under are free. Call to make a reservation or drop in the Standley Recreation Center.
The official tree (and menorah) lighting begins at 6:30 PM, but you may want to get there early. The Standley Middle School band, Tuesday Night Alibi, and a children’s choir will be entertaining.
Hopefully, our favorite fire department, #35, will be in attendance. Santa Claus will arrive and hear the wishes of all the children and maybe some parents. This year a menorah will be lighted in honor of Hanukkah too for our Jewish friends and neighbors.
Darlene Ventimiglia and Barbara Henshaw are co-chairing this UCCA tradition of 13 years. Put this one on your calendar today. We get busy during the holidays. All ages are welcome to share in a beautiful UC tradition. Remember the mail deliverers’ motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The same holds true for our December 11th holiday event.
Hope to see you there: Dinner with Santa and Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Friday December 11, 5 PM – 7:30 PM.
Spaghetti Dinner, cost $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12. Tickets available at the Standley Recreation Center.
Live music, refreshments, visits with Santa and tree & menorah lighting begin at 6:30 PM.