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Now, here's what's making news for the week of December 6, 2017. 
Council recognizes city employees for excellent service
City Council wrap-up for December 5
Yesterday, the City Council recognized more than 30 employees for outstanding service during the annual Employee Service and Recognition Awards. In addition, the City Council also approved several items on the consent calendar, which we outline in the wrap-up article linked to below.
San Gabriel rings in the holidays at annual tree lighting
Hundreds gather at Plaza Park
Yesterday, hundreds gathered at Plaza Park to ring in the holidays at the annual tree lighting ceremony. Several food trucks were on hand along with singers from the community who performed holiday tunes. Be sure to view a video of yesterday's ceremony here, along with photos from the celebration here.
Send your letters to Santa
Mail your letter before December 15 for a reply from the North Pole
Want to write to Santa? Santa's elves will be delivering your wish list to the North Pole. Simply mail your letter to the following address before December 15, and Santa's reply will be delivered by December 22.

Santa Claus
c/o San Gabriel Community Services Department
250 South Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Be sure to tell Santa a little something about yourself, and don't forget to include what you want for Christmas!
Celebrate the holidays at the Adult Recreation Center
Music, holiday treats and lunch will be offered
Festive holiday entertainment will be offered at the Adult Recreation Center at 325 South Mission Drive on December 7. Enjoy time with friends along with holiday tunes from the amazing a capella group from Gabrielino High School. Holiday treats will also be offered, along with a visit from a very special guest.

The festivities will take place during the older adult lunch program. Click the link below for more information.
Attend a holiday party before "The Nutcracker"
Clara's holiday party offered on December 16 & 17
Before select performances of "The Nutcracker" on December 16 and 17, guests may purchase tickets to Clara's Holiday Party at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and a visit from Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy, but keep a watchful eye out for the Mouse King who may try to steal some sweets.

Space is limited to 80 guests, and all tickets to the holiday party must be purchased alongside a ticket to the 2:00 p.m. performance of "The Nutcracker" on December 16 and 17. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
ACE photo of the week
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
A look at Mission Drive in front of City Hall and the intersection in front of the Ramona Street bridge
Mission Dr. from Santa Anita St. to Mission Rd. now open
After several weeks of construction, Mission Road from Santa Anita Street to Mission Road has reopened to traffic featuring newly repaved road, pedestrian crossings and curbs.
Upcoming City Council meetings
Study Sessions
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Ethics Codes and Practices/Rules of Conduct, City Hall, Conference Room A

Regular Meetings
  • Tuesday, December 19 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
Upcoming commission meetings
All meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
  • Monday, December 11 - 7:00 p.m., Planning Commission Meeting
Here is a list of events being offered by the city:
  • Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Council Chambers, "411 with the Chief," 425 South Mission Drive

Here is a list of events being offered by the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse:

  • Saturday, January 13, 10:00 a.m.: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, "Play in a Day, Free Youth Theatre Workshop," 320 South Mission Drive
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
  • Wednesday, December 6, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Finals Cram Jam," 500 South Del Mar Avenue.
  • Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Art Before Breakfast," 500 South Del Mar Avenue.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Holiday Family Sing-a-Long," 500 south Del Mar Avenue.
  • Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce, "Blinging in the Holidays," Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce, "Education and Family Resource Expo," Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel
Click on the links in each event for more information, or  click here for more events .
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Police Captain - Filing deadline is December 8, 2017
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Multiple positions available!
  • Mission Playhouse Usher - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk (Part-Time) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Entry Level Recruit) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor
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