Highland Park Tree Lighting to Be Held Dec. 15

The tree lighting will be held on Dec. 15, thanks to the efforts of local business owners and volunteers.

A group of neighborhood volunteers are working to organize a community Holiday Tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the parking lot located by Las Cazuelas Restaurant at 5707 N. Figueroa St.

The effort led by Carlos Lopez, owner of Las Cazuelas, who several weeks ago approached local Neighborhood Watch Captain Peter Bedard to see if he was interested in helping to organize the event.

Lopez will provide the location and some food, and Bedard is now pulling together volunteers to make the event a reality.

"We already have a lot of people who are stepping forward to help," Bedard said.

Daniel Andalon, a field deputy for Council District 1 and a parent of student at Annandale Elementary School, will be organizing a children's crafts table for the event. Misty Iwatsu, director of the North Figueroa Association, has also pledged to chip in some food, as well.

Andalon added that Reyes' office will also be providing the tree itself.

Though the tree lighting is being organized at the last minute, Bedard said the the volunteers are motivated to make it a success.

"It's one of those situations like, 'I have a barn, who wants to put on a show?'" Bedard said. "I think more gets done when people step forward and say, 'I want to do this."

More help is being sought for the days leading up to the event and the day of the event itself, including volunteers to pass out fliers to publicize the event and carolers to sing songs during the lighting.

For more information about the event, see its Facebook page.

Qtee1981 December 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM
This is awesome we always go to my church tree lighting ceremony in Hermon it's nice that the community of highland park are getting together to get into the holiday spirit. What tree will be lit is my question????
Daniel December 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Note: Councilman Ed P. Reyes' Office is too supporting this event and providing rentals and the actual Tree that will be lit!
GK December 06, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Now that's community! Kudos to all!
Highland Park Cares December 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Thanks Peter and Carlos! Love this grassroots project. Keeps our money local and not in a mall


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