Pick out a gourd and carve a jack-o-lantern while supporting Wilshire Rotary Club at a pumpkin patch on 568 N. Larchmont Blvd.
The patch is open Sat., Oct. 10 through Fri. Oct. 30. Hours are 2 p.m. until dark on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to dark on weekends.
“There are big pumpkins, small pumpkins, and decorative gourds of all colors,” says Rotary communications chair Wendy Clifford.
A pumpkin-carving contest is open to kids of all ages on Sat., Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. Prizes will be given in a number of categories.
“We want the pumpkin patch to be a fun experience for families. This year we even ordered extra straw bales to build a maze for kids.”
When asked how many pumpkins the group hopes to sell, Clifford says they’ve ordered more than 25,000 lbs, adding: “You don’t realize how many pumpkins that is until you’re unloading the truck.”
Xmas tree lot
The Rotary’s Christmas tree lot opens Fri. Oct. 27 and continues through Wed., Dec. 23. Trees will be arriving fresh from Oregon, with wreaths and garlands also available.
Proceeds from both the pumpkin patch and the christmas tree lot benefit charities and community service projects here and abroad through the Wilshire Rotary Foundation and Rotary International Foundation.