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Holiday Happenings in the ‘Hood this Week

Carolers from Rhodes School of Music in 2015

The holiday season is in full swing now in our neighborhood, and if you’re looking for an extra measure of good cheer, here are some events and opportunities worth checking out this coming week.

Brookside Holiday Wagon Ride & Neighborhood Caroling

On Wednesday December 13th, from 6 -8:30 pm, residents of the Brookside neighborhood are invited to join in the neighborhood’s annual holiday wagon ride and neighborhood caroling event.  Participants should meet at the corner of 8th and Rimpau, full of holiday spirit and “ready to belt out some of your favorite seasonal tunes.”  Neighbors who would like to request a song from the merry band of carolers should e-mail the Brookside HOA before the event.

Caroling with Rhodes School of Music

A second opportunity for holiday singing pops up, open to all who would like to participate, comes on Thursday, December 14,  as students and teachers of Rhodes School of Music will be festively caroling in the Larchmont neighborhood.  The fourth annual event is a fundraiser, organized by David Rhodes and teenage student Leo Viscomi, a longtime Rhodes student and part-time employee, in support of the Harmony Project, Los Angeles’ largest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to music education for youth in low-income communities. If you’d like to join in the musical fun, or make a donation, contact And if you live in Larchmont village and hear beautiful holiday singing on your streets on Thursday….please open the door, smile and enjoy!

Chalkboard Mag Holiday Pop-Up at Pressed Juicery

And speaking of popping up, wellness lifestyle site The Chalkboard Mag, launched by Pressed Juicery in 2012, is presenting a special holiday pop-up shop inside five L.A.-area Pressed Juicery locations, including the one at 201 N.  Larchmont Blvd., from now through December 31.

The shop includes a curated line of wellness staples, natural beauty products, cookbooks and sustainable home goods, with holiday gift items such as candles, essential oils, potted plants and a ceramic French press.  Prices range from $5-200, and brands include Herbivore Botanicals, Elle Macpherson’s Super Elixir, Sun Potion, This Is Ground leather goods, Soma, Context, Vitruvi, Sweet Laurel Bakery, Compartes Chocolatier, Sun Potion, Yield Design Co, Youth to the People, Four Sigmatic, Canyon Coffee and Pressed Juicery X Sugarfina.  (The items are also available at Chalkboard Mag’s website, at the link above.)

St. Brendan’s Toy Drive

And finally, a great opportunity for giving: Stacy Herman and Nancy Muller are once again co-chairing the Annual St. Brendan Parish Toy Drive – which this year benefits Alexandria House, Saint Anne’s Social Service Agency and The Adopt a Family Program, to make sure that families who are struggling to get on their feet are assured of a gifts for their kids during the holidays.  

If you’d like to donate, the drive is accepting new, unwrapped toys, sports equipment and $20 Target gift cards. All items can be dropped off this week at Saint Brendan’s Church  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the St. Brendan’s school office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The organizers are also looking for volunteers to help out at the holiday parties at Saint Anne’s and Alexandria House on December 16th. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Stacy Herman at [email protected].

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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