News Tip

Tree Lighting at Sunland Park - Great Success!

On the night of December 10th, the Foothills community gathered at Sunland Park to celebrate a sustainable Christmas. A planter that, until now, had been empty for many years, has become host to a Christmas tree. Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez graciously attended, as well as sponsored, the event in order to give a speech on the importance of the tree’s lighting to our community. A young girl, Helen, joined Monica to exemplify this. According to Ms. Rodriguez, the newly planted tree will grow a ‘full Helen’ (~3 feet) each year, allowing the young people of our community to grow with it.

The event was accompanied by free churros and hot chocolate for all attendees, a raffle for a genuine Christmas tree, and Discovery Cube volunteers, who brought supplies for people to build gingerbread houses. Koda Mroszak, age 15, was one of many raffle winners. She described her prize as ‘a big money-saver,’ and ‘very exciting.’ Surprisingly, Spot the Fox, Monica Rodriguez’s good friend and cleanup mascot, also made a celebrity appearance at the celebration. Through his coloring book, which was provided to all children that attended the event, he encourages our youth to keep the community clean through the city’s free 3-1-1 service. Overall, Sunland Park’s tree lighting was a huge success and, if all goes well, will become an annual event that brings a sustainable holiday to all. Merry Christmas to Sunland-Tujunga, and to Sunland-Tujunga a good night!

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