Sharing, celebrating and giving

A calendar of holiday-themed activities for fun and philanthropy

FESTIVE LUMBER
What Annual tree lot
Who Hosted by the Youth Center in Los Alamitos
When All of December from 9am to 9pm on weekends and noon to 9pm on weekdays
Where Ganahl Lumber parking lot, 10742 Los Alamitos Blvd.
More Info Attendees will have the chance to choose from Noble, Nordman, Douglas and Grand Fir trees, along with tree stands, watering spouts, wreaths and other festive items. Call (562) 493-4043.

THE GIFT OF HOPE
What Donation program
Who Hosted by MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
When Donations accepted until Friday, Dec. 15
Where Donation drop-off is located at Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center, 701 E. 28th St., Suite 202
More Info The hospital’s Adopt-a-Family program accepts donations of cash, gift certificates or gifts for hospitalized children and teenagers at the cancer center. Call Linda (562) 933-8600.

THE SEASON OF GIVING
What Donation drive
Who Hosted by Community Medical Center Long Beach
When Donations accepted until Friday, Dec. 22
Where Community Hospital Long Beach, 1720 Termino Ave.
More Info The MemorialCare Center for Mental Health & Wellness at Community Medical Center Long Beach is collecting donations for the holiday season for its patients. Donees are encouraged to bring games, journals, art supplies, hygiene products, toothbrushes/toothpaste, brushes/combs, clothing for men and women of all sizes and more. Avoid items that contain metal wiring or glass. Only new items will be accepted. Call (562) 933-5931.

WHAT A DRAG
What “Drag to Give” charity event
Who Hosted by the B Room
When Friday, Dec. 15 at 7pm
Where Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
More Info The event raises funds, jackets and toys for children and their families in Long Beach. Jewels and Ron Sylvester will be the hosts and MCs for the event. The night will feature performances from standup comedian Narcizo Gonzalez and other performers. The evening will begin with a kickoff, featuring cocktails, music and mingling, followed by the performances and after party. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a toy or clothing article. Email isa@itsadragtogive.com or visit facebook.com/itsadragtogive.

ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY
What Holiday performances
Who Hosted by Long Beach City College (LBCC)
When Friday, Dec. 15 at 8pm (orchestra); Friday, Dec. 15 and Satruday, Dec. 16 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2pm (theatre performance)
Where Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 370 Junipero Ave. (Dec. 8 jazz concert); Rogers Middle School Auditorium, 365 Monrovia Ave. (Dec. 15 orchestra); LBCC Studio Theatre, Building H, 4901 E. Carson St. (theatre performance)
More Info LBCC students will provide separate performances this month, including vocal-jazz, symphony-orchestra and theatre shows. The theatre performance will be a production of An O. Henry Christmas. Ticket and admission information is available at lbcc.edu/department-performing-arts.

“YULE” BE GLAD YOU WENT
What Victorian Christmas event
Who Hosted by Long Beach Heritage
When Saturday, Dec. 16 and 30 (house tours) and Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Where Bembridge House, 953 Park Circle
More Info The tour’s theme this year is “Toys & Yuletide Tunes.” The house will be fitted with holiday decorations. Space is limited and reservations are required for evening tours. Cost is $10 per person. On Sunday, children under 12 enter for free with prior reservation. Visit lbheritage.org.

GOOD TIDINGS WE BRING
What Letter submission
Who Hosted by Long Beach Memorial Hospital
When Letters will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 20
Where 2865 Atlantic Ave.
More Info Holiday-printed cards are available for those interested in personalizing a letter for a patient. Visit millerchildrens.org/holidaycard to send a card.

SPOKES-PEOPLE
What Neighborhood bike ride
Who Hosted by Kidical Mass
When Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1pm
Where Georgie’s Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave.
More Info Representatives encourage bike riders to wear their cheesiest ugly Christmas sweater. DJ Bill will perform, and free ice cream will be provided after the bike ride.Visit bixbyknollsinfo.com.

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