Santa Claus will headline a holiday gala Sunday in Chatsworth, an event that organizers hope rekindles a sense of civic pride in the northwestern San Fernando Valley.
Sponsored by the Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce, the event will begin at noon at the intersection of Old Depot Plaza Road and Devonshire Street with the dedication of a garden of plants native to the Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountains, said chamber member Jay Berger.
In addition, two plants donated by the city of Los Angeles will also be planted and decorated by children from nearby schools.
At around 1 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive and pose for photos.
Berger said the plantings provide a unique opportunity for community members to participate in the event, a chance to help leave something behind for future generations.
"They can come and feel like they're really part of something," he said.
Until a few years ago, the chamber staged an annual holiday parade, an event that Berger said was discontinued because it became too expensive.