Holiday Events in the area

By Sentry Staff

Villa Park Women’s League to hold holiday events

At the fall general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, members will learn to craft mini-pumpkin succulent centerpieces.

Following the business segment of the meeting, Beth Davidson of Dragonfly Shops and Gardens will demonstrate the techniques.

To reserve your seat and supplies, submit a $5 donation to programs chair Lainey Stern. Additional supplies may be available at the meeting for those who wish to create more than one. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 Canal Street in Orange.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the annual Villa Park Women’s League holiday fundraiser, to be held at The Green Pear in the Towne Center from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The specialty gift boutique is open to all shoppers, with VPWL receiving a percentage of the purchases during those hours.

Women’s League offers a number of social activities for Villa Park residents; for information, see

Holiday weekend planned for Villa Park

The residents of Villa Park get into the holiday spirit in a big way. Santa will arrive via an OCFA firetruck on Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at 9 a.m., and visit with children throughout the city, stopping at scheduled locations.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, the 19th annual Dry Land Boat Parade, with floats of all sizes and shapes, will, starting at dusk, wend through the city streets, arriving at Towne Center for awards and revelry.

OLu packs holiday boxes

Operation Christmas Child, a charity that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to children worldwide, is alive and well in Orange.

Christmas Child volunteers gathered a short time ago with friends and family at Orange Lutheran High School to pack 487 shoe boxes with handcrafted wooden cars, jewelry boxes and houses created by enthusiastic woodworkers.

On Oct. 22, OLu students hosted another community packing party, during which time 2,500 shoe boxes were filled with gifts. Anyone can participate – national collection week is Nov. 14-21. Calvary Chapel, 221 N. Waverly St., is the drop-off location for the public to donate school supplies, hygiene items and toys

Elks to hold flag retirement ceremony

The public is invited to the Orange Coast District, California Hawaii Elks Association Flag Retirement Ceremony honoring Old Glory, to be held at the Orange Elks Lodge 1475 on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The flag ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a light lunch and no host bar from noon-2 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person.

RSVP by Nov. 7 to or call (949) 683-2162

OPA prepares to celebrate

The Orange Park Association will host a holiday Christmas party at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 at Moreno’s Mexican Restaurant, 4638 E. Chapman. Mucho holiday cheer will complement the tasty Mexican buffet. Deck yourself in holiday attire and join a congenial group for an evening of food and entertainment. Visit with friends, meet new neighbors and enjoy a performance of the Salem Singers.

Tickets are $35 per person, $20 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased from; from any OPA board director; or by calling (714) 900-2672. For more information, contact event chair Don Bradley at