J.L. Long musical, toy drives, gingerbread houses and more this weekend in East Dallas

Check out our holiday guide for all the festive events this month, but we have highlighted a few below.

East Dallas neighbor Ricki Derek and his orchestra are back for a live performance at the Granada Theater on Saturday night. “A Merry Little Christmas Show” is an old-fashioned holiday revue that always drums up nostalgia. It takes place at 8 p.m. at the Granada, $30-$42.

Shearith Israel will be hosting a Chanukah party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening. There will be songs, games and great food including a donut and latke bar and drinks for adults. The party is $13 for adults, $8 for kids, $36 max per family. Click here to register.

Just after dark on Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will light 7,000 lights throughout the Casa Linda Estates to raise money for the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas, which provides financial support to the families of firefighters and police officers who died in the line of duty.

J.L. Long’s rendition of “Elf Jr.” will be this weekend. The musical version of the Will Ferrell classic will be performed by the choir, theater, and band Dec. 14-16 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Through Thursday Dec. 14, the Lowest Greenville Collective is holding a toy drive benefitting the Salvation Army and hope to collect 93 new children’s bikes. Bring a bicycle to Greenville Avenue Pizza Company or Bullzerk, and donors will receive a voucher for a gift from a participating Lower Greenville business.

Watch Woodrow football stars Cade Fennegan and Travis West in the Blue-Grey All American Bowl at AT&T Stadium on Monday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. The game is a high school all-star showcase where players perform for fans and college scouts.

Parents and children can work together to build a gingerbread house this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum. The activity is $50 per house.

Community members can join Woodrow Wilson students to bring supplies to the Aldredge House on Swiss Avenue this Saturday to make meals for neighbors in need. Participants will assemble the meals and distribute them to Juliette Fowler residents in need and the Woodrow Peace Pantry. Register here.

Head to the Chili’s in Casa Linda on Thursday to benefit For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL). Mention the organization when you eat or pick up food and 18 percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to FTLOTL.

It’s just outside the neighborhood, but possibly worth the hike, since it involves the officers who patrol our area. Kids aged 2 to 92 will enjoy Saturday’s Hope for the Holidays Festival hosted by the Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Division and the Lake Highlands Public Improvement District. The free event will include In-N-Out burgers, face painting, a bounce house and a live DJ. The Dallas Fire Department will greet children and pose for pics with their ladder trucks, and toys will be distributed to families participating in the Feed Lake Highlands and Pamper Lake Highlands programs. The festival will be held Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Skillman Crossing, 10061 Whitehurst. Toys for underprivileged families are still needed and may be dropped off this week at DPD’s northeast substation, 9915 E. Northwest Highway.

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