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    November 29, 2018
    November 29, 2018
    Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Rain or Shine!

    The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Park Department and People for Leisure and Youth, Inc. invite community residents to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 1st at the City Hall Courtyard, located on the corner of Cook Street and Broadway (Highway 135). 

    Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. and include refreshments, holiday caroling by the Coastal Voices Choir, and the grand illumination of the 24-foot Christmas tree at 5:20 p.m. to coincide with the start of the Santa Maria Parade of Lights.

    This year, the light switch will be flipped by 16-year old Audrey Alonzo-Meloncon, an aspiring-photographer recovering from a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Audrey was diagnosed at the beginning of the year, and was lucky to have surgery a few months later. Her condition has not set her back from pursuing her artistic hobby of painting with acrylics. Audrey and her family are very grateful to the Dignity Health Cancer Center, Mission Hope, and the staff of the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital for their dedicated care. Join Audrey, her family, and their dogs as they welcome the holiday season.

    There are still ornaments for sale through the People for Leisure and Youth, Inc.’s Holiday Spirit Project fundraiser. Make a donation of $25 to PLAY, Inc. and receive an ornament to take home, an ornament on the community Christmas tree in honor of someone of your choosing - and new this year, VIP parade viewing for five people and a reserved parking spot near the tree will be granted to sponsors donating before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30th by 5:00 p.m. Visit www.santamariaatplay.org for more details.

    Questions regarding this event may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260. 

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