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Associated Press Los Angeles Daybook for Saturday, Dec. 21


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9 a.m. EL MONTE — More than 1,000 community volunteers will assemble and distribute holiday gift baskets and toys for local families in need. The event is organized by El Monte's Police Department, Police Officers Association and the city, in collaboration with the city's school district and other nonprofits. More than 6,000 toys will be given to local children. El Monte City School District Office, 3540 Lexington Ave. Contact: Valerie Martinez, (909) 445-1001.

9 a.m. ARCADIA — Foothill Unity Center will host its annual holiday distribution for about 1,300 low-income families — including 1,700 children — who will receive a food box with all the holiday trimmings and bags of unwrapped gifts. Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave. Contact: Linda Taubenreuther, (626) 241-0154.

10 a.m. PASADENA — Hundreds of people, including Donate Life Ambassadors and Embajadores, and Southern California organ and tissue recipients and donor families will decorate the 11th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float, "Light Up the World." The float's five enormous lanterns will be adorned with 81 memorial portraits of deceased donors. Phoenix Decorating Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St. Contact: Rivian Bell or Lisa Bernfeld, (310) 556-3227; Elena de la Cruz (for Spanish-language media), (213) 479-4704.

10 a.m. LOS ANGELES — The Koreatown Youth and Community Center will host the 20th annual Holiday Carnival, during which children up to 10 years of age will be given toys. More than 2,500 children and adults are scheduled to attend. Wilshire Park Elementary School, 4063 Ingraham St. Contact: Rick Kim, (213) 215-9820; Young-gi Kim Harabedian, (949) 244-1219.

11 a.m. LOS ANGELES — The Little Tokyo Business Association will present a photo opportunity with Shogun Santa, an Asian-American Santa Claus meant to appeal to people of all ages and ethnicities. Japanese Village Plaza, between 1st and 2nd streets. Contact: Ellen Endo, (818) 512-8791.

11:30 a.m. CULVER CITY — Traveling Space Museum, in partnership with West Los Angeles College's Upward Bound college preparatory programs, will present "Space Day" for local high school students, featuring exhibits and interactive attractions aimed at cultivating interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Highlights include a full-motion flight simulator, full-scale Odyssey IV mobile space lab, functioning jet plane, lunar rover and space toilet. WLAC, 9000 Overland Ave. Contact: Paul Hill, (310) 287-7206.

11:40 a.m. LOS ANGELES — The Griffith Observatory will mark the winter solstice — the longest night of the year — with presentations on Earth's orbital motion. Presentations at 11:40 a.m. at the Gottlieb Transit Corridor and at 4:40 p.m. at West Terrace. Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Road. Contact: Bonnie Winings, (818) 760-7131.

1 p.m. LOS ANGELES — The family of Carlos Oliva — a 23-year-old college student who was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy on Sept. 10 while unarmed and riding a skateboard — will call for the deputy's arrest. Cesar Chavez and Mednik avenues. Contact: Jubilee Shine, (213) 663-6316.

4 p.m. LOS ANGELES — The Triqui kids basketball team —made up of children ages 6 to 11 from the mountainous region of the Mexican state of Oaxaca — will take part in a holiday party hosted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. This is their first tour in the U.S. The tour will also serve as a way to raise funds for indigenous Triquis communities. Toberman Recreation Center, 1725 Toberman St. Contact: Jorge8 p.m. LOS ANGELES — Stevie Wonder's 18th annual "House Full of Toys" charity concert will raise funds to distribute toys to children in need during the holidays. Wonder will perform his "Songs in the Key of Life" album in its entirety for the first time. Nokia Theatre at LA Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court. Contact: Cara Vanderhook, Nokia Theatre, (213) 742-7273; Michael Roth, (213) 742-7155.

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