Make Children's Holiday Wishes Come True With Spark of Love Toy Drive
The Alhambra Firefighters Association, the City of Alhambra, and the Alhambra Unified School District are asking for your help to bring smiles to children’s faces this holiday season.
We are joining ABC7, along with the Southern California Firefighters, Toys for Tots, and Subaru, in hosting the 29th year of the Spark of Love Toy Drive.
This special community campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.
“Your donation can brighten a child’s life forever,” said Mayor Katherine Lee. “Your generosity will make it possible for children to see their holiday wishes come true.”
Donation boxes have been placed at several locations throughout the city to collect toys and gifts for underserved children for the holidays. Donations will be accepted through December 24th at City sites.
Make a difference by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment for children ages 5 to 18 at any of the following sites during business hours:
• Alhambra City Hall, 111 S. First St.
• YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley, 401 Corto St.
• Alhambra Fire Department, Station 71, 301 N. First St.
• Alhambra Fire Department, Station 72, 1215 S. Sixth St.
• Alhambra Fire Department, Station 73, 2200 W. Main St.
• Alhambra Fire Department, Station 74, 2505 W. Norwood Place
• Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, 104 S. First St.
• Alhambra Unified School District Office, 1515 W. Mission Road
• Alhambra Police Department, 211 S. First St.
Monetary donation for the toy drive is also accepted. Please make the check out to the Alhambra Firefighters Association. All proceeds will go toward buying toys or sports equipment for the children. For more information on how to donate, please email Heather Blais-Pickering or visit our website 
Help Decorate City of Alhambra's Rose Parade Float
Volunteers are invited to help decorate the City of Alhambra’s Rose Parade Float before it sails down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on January 1, 2022.
The City’s 93rd Rose Parade Float features an eye-catching school bus, with custom rims, horns playing music from underneath, and a charming vintage engine.
“On the side panel is a message that says School Rocks,” said Mayor Katherine Lee. “This bus represents education’s ability to open doors, open minds, and change lives.”
The design was inspired by a student at Oneonta Montessori School. It was selected over 100 submissions received from an art contest.
The float is currently being built. Volunteers will decorate it at the Rose Float Plaza South, 5400 Irwindale Avenue in Irwindale. 
Dry Decorations
Dry Decorating takes place on the first three Saturdays in December: the 4th, 11th or 18th, and the decorating shift is from 9am to 5pm (with a half-hour lunch). Dry decorating consists of working with dried organic material like seeds, beans, legumes, corn husks, rice, and dried flower petals. These materials help create the different textures of a float design, and since they are dried, they are applied well before the parade.
Floral Decorations
Those interested in working on the Floral Decoration can participate from Sunday, December 26th through Thursday, December 30th, either the morning shift from 8am to 4pm or the evening shift from 4pm to 11pm. Volunteers are asked to work for the entire shift, with a half an hour break for lunch or dinner.
Volunteers should dress warmly in layers, and wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty with glue, seeds, and flower petals. Closed-toe shoes are required for safety, and all volunteers must be 13 years of age or older. Please bring your own lunch or dinner.  
To register to volunteer, visit the City of Alhambra’s website  and select the Rose Parade Volunteering tab or call the Alhambra Park office at (626) 570-3242. 
Holiday Home Decorating Contest

The City of Alhambra is inviting residents to spread holiday cheer around their neighborhoods with festive homes.
Show us your bright lights and creative inspiration in the Holiday Home Decorating Contest.
Judges are looking for best use of lights, best animation display, best lawn display and most creative homes. Five homes will be chosen as winners.
Contest Rules:
·    Applications will be accepted until 5:30pm on December 15, 2021.
·    Contest is limited to what can be seen from the street side of the house at night.
·    Judging will take place between December 15th and December 19th from 6 p.m. to 9:00p.m. Please have your decorations ON no later than 6:00 p.m. this week.
·    Winners will receive a special visit the night of December 21st. 
·    Participants are requested to keep their houses decorated through January 9, 2021 so that the community can enjoy them.
Entry forms are available:
Please return the form to the Parks and Recreation Department, 500 North Palm Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801 or email it to Alhambra Park office at
If you're interested in being a judge for this contest, please visit the Alhambra Park Office from Dec. 15-19 between 2:30pm-5:30pm to pick up a judging packet.
Organics Waste Recycling Changes Ahead
Senate Bill (SB) 1383
Also known as the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy, SB 1383 establishes the goal of reducing the volume of organic waste disposed in California landfills by 75% by 2025.
New requirements will take effect January 1, 2022:
·        All businesses and multi-family properties must have organics collection service available. Your green carts now accept yard waste and organic waste. For any questions about your organics waste services, please email
·        SB 1383 establishes the goal of increasing edible food recovery by 20% by 2025. Some food service businesses, labeled as edible food generators, must donate all excess edible food to food recovery organizations and services. For any questions about this program, please contact Joris Eigirdas at Alhambra City Hall at (626) 570-3249 or email
What is Organic Waste?
Organic waste is any material that is biodegradable and comes from a plant or an animal. When disposed in a landfill, organic waste produces large amounts of methane and significantly contributes to climate change. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills, and reducing their disposal in landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.

A Community Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 1, at 3:30pm and 6:00pm to show residents how to sort waste into their green bins properly and how to use their new kitchen pail.
Alhambra Homeless Count - January 25, 2022
Join the City of Alhambra on January 25, 2022 from 8:00PM to midnight for the Alhambra Homeless Count. The Count, which is mandated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, helps paint a picture of the progress, trends, and shifts in the fight to end homelessness. Help make this Count possible by volunteering in your community. 

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up as teams of two or more. This will allow teams to stay in their Count Team Bubble with people you know. If you do not have teammates at this time, you are still welcome to sign up as an individual for the Count. Others can join your team later through this site, or you can be a part of a team created at your deployment site. 

Training to conduct the Count will be provided. For volunteer registration and more information, please visit (and enter in zip code 91801). The City of Alhambra is looking for 100 volunteers. Thank you and we appreciate the help and support!
Historic Context Statement Draft To Be
Released on Dec. 13
The City of Alhambra is working on establishing a Historic Preservation Program to recognize and protect important properties in Alhambra’s history. The City is currently on Phase 1, the preparation of the City’s first comprehensive, citywide Historic Context Statement. The Historic Context Statement will help to identify the important periods of development, historic trends, and other influences that helped to shape the built environment. This includes important people and events, building types, architectural styles, local architectural practitioners, and patterns of development. The Context is an important first step that will provide the framework for the other components of the Historic Preservation Program.
A draft of the Historic Context Statement will be released to the public from December 13, 2021 to February 28, 2022 on the project website: The public will be able to review the draft and submit comments to the City through the project website. A second virtual community outreach meeting will be held in January 2022.
We hope to hear from all of you to help us tell Alhambra’s story. please visit our project website at to stay updated on the project and to provide your input.
Booster Shots Now Available For 18+

According to the LA County Department of Public Health, anyone 18 and over can now get a COVID-19 booster 6 months after Moderna & Pfizer, and 2 months after J&J vaccine series. It is recommended that everyone eligible get a booster as soon as possible to ensure increased protection as we move into colder months and holiday gatherings.
Leisure Guide is Available Online
The Winter/Spring 2022 Leisure Guide is now available online. Browse upcoming special events, programs, and hundreds of classes. Online registration for Alhambra residents has started. Non-residents can register beginning November 29. 
Tiny Eagles and Youth Basketball Registration Open
Registrations are open for both the Youth Basketball and Tiny Eagles Basketball Programs. To sign up, visit our website and click on the Recreation Services Tab or call the Recreation Office at (626) 570-5081.
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