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Governor Jerry Brown announced the 81st Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 5th on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

Brown was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

This year’s tree is a 50-foot tall white fir tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County and is the first Capitol Christmas tree from a state forest.

The tree will be decorated with hundreds of hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

The Governor will light the Capitol Christmas tree with ten-year-old Christian Anderson, of Costa Mesa. It will be illuminated by approximately 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights.

Kitty O’Neal, of KFBK Radio in Sacramento, will emcee the ceremony, which will also feature performances by the California Army National Guard, 59th Army Band, the Brass Quintet, the Governor’s Own; Galena Street East; students from the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts; and St. Paul’s Baptist Church Choir.

The event takes place on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. (formal program begins at 5:00 p.m.) at the California State Capitol’s West Steps in Sacramento.

This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Members of the public are asked to RSVP at and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the California Emergency Foodlink.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

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