Police light up the Oval, children’s faces

Police Activities League will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Oval Park

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – There’s no getting around it, the Oval is not the best place to be in the evening. But at least once a year, the park at the heart of Visalia touches the hearts of the community with a tree lighting ceremony that transforms the park into a beacon of Christmas. 

The Visalia Police Department Police Activities League will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting at Oval Park at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. The event is free and open to all ages. Santa will be available for visits and photos and refreshments include hot chocolate and cookies.

The Police Activities League (PAL) was established in 1991 as a city-wide, after-school crime prevention program to provide outreach to local youth and build positive relationships between youth, police officers and the community. The mission of PAL is to foster a bond with mutual trust and understanding between police officers and youth through interaction in a non-confrontational setting. A variety of educational and recreational programs and activities are offered to youth ages 7 to 17 years with an emphasis placed on reaching those who are “at-risk.” PAL membership and the programs it offers are free. 

For further information, contact Officer Arturo Villarreal by calling (559) 732-2233 or emailing [email protected].

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