Santa's elves, disguised as Menlo Park Kiwanis Club members, opened the club's Christmas Tree lot the day after Thanksgiving. Once again beautiful Noble Fir trees will be delivered fresh from Oregon weekly, says club member Judy Horst. Wreaths and other holiday decorations are available, too.
Located on the Stanford University campus at the corner of Embarcadero Road and El Camino Real, across from Palo Alto High School, the lot will be open until Christmas from 2 to 8 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends.
The lot, an annual tradition, started as a club fundraiser 40 years ago, Horst said. It's a key source of funding for the club's charitable activities.
The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park, one of more than 16,000 clubs around the world, supports scholarships for Menlo-Atherton High School graduates, Kiwanis Special Games for physically challenged youth, Rebuilding Together, St. Anthony's Padua Dining Hall, Tour de Cure of Diabetes, and Key Club of M-A High School. For more information, go to MenloParkKiwanisClub.org.
The Sea Scouts also opened a Christmas tree lot the day after Thanksgiving at the Little League field at 3672 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. The lot is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, go to sssintrepid.org.