More than 400 children and grandchildren of employees of El Centro Regional Medical Center will be entertained today during a Christmas party, complete with Santa and gifts as well as a unique theatrical production.
Claudia Dubbe, purchasing manager for the hospital, said the party will be staged in two segments, at 2:30 and 4 p.m., "because of the large number of children who already have been signed up."
Children from birth to 12 years are eligible to attend.
A tent will be erected for the party on the parking lot of the adjacent Medical Plaza building.
A departure from past Christmas events for children of employees will be the presentation of a play, "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," with a cast from the Southwest Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Southwest High School. A portable stage has been loaned to the hospital by Imperial Valley College to mount the production.