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Westlake Juniors' 32nd Annual 'Santa Comes to Westlake/Agoura and Beyond'

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From the Conejo Valley Guide website: "Santa may be the busiest guy you know around the holiday season, but he is taking his time out of his toy-making schedule to once again help the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club host the 32nd annual Santa Comes to Westlake/Agoura & Beyond food drive.

This year's non-denominational event takes place in the Agoura Hills’ Do-it-Center parking lot on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00am-11:00am.

Participants can help bag collected food and assist in the surprise deliveries. Founded originally by George Annino and the Agoura Optimist Club, the annual food drive has helped over 21,000 Conejo Valley families. Its goal is to brighten the holiday season for predetermined local families in need by surprising them with bags of food and an uncooked turkey. In addition, residents of the Conejo Valley help by donating money towards an uncooked turkey for a family in need.

The event includes entertainment with a DJ and numerous performances from local talent including the Westlake Elementary School choir, and the Agoura Hills and Oak Park cheerleading teams, among others. There will also be a bike raffle of two children’s bikes from Newbury Park Bicycle Shop, and other children's activities including face painting. This year’s Guest of Honor is local Staff Sergeant Michael Kelly of the Army National Guard.

And last but not least, Santa will make his grand entrance on a fire truck and stay for pictures!

How can you help? 1. The Westlake Juniors encourage the community to join them on December 3rd for sorting and delivery. This is a great opportunity for groups, families with kids, and individuals to help their neighbors and spread the holiday joy. 2. Purchase a turkey for a needy family. It is $15 per turkey. Checks can be made out to: Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club at: P.O. Box 4412, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359. If you would like to be recognized for your turkey contribution in The Acorn newspaper, please make a note of it with your donation."

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