Alverno Heights Academy rings in the season with Holiday Boutique Gift Shoppe – Pasadena Weekendr

Alverno Heights Academy will be hosting an online holiday auction and gift shop from Monday, November 29 through Thursday, December 2, to kick off the holiday season.

On December 5, the traditional Christmas shop takes place in person in the Villa del Sol d’Oro on the Academy’s campus, complete with handcrafted ornaments, holiday gifts and decorations, Christmas stockings, as well as a “Sweet Shoppe,” Wendy Finch, director of development at the Alverno Heights Academy, said.

Online auctions open Monday, November 29 through Thursday. This year’s online auction will feature hard-to-find electronics, Jingle Ball concert tickets, Lego sets, new and traditional board games for the whole family, LA Lakers tickets and more.

Items purchased at the online auction, titled “Take a Tour on the Alverno Cyber ​​Express”, can be picked up at the Holiday Shop in person on Sunday, December 5, 11 am to 5 pm at Villa Del Sol d ‘Oro.

“We’ll be featuring traditional Christmas ornaments, craft ornaments, decorative Christmas stockings, that sort of thing, and all kinds of different gifts for people on your shopping list. So these will be holiday gifts and decorations, ”said Finch-Burk. “And then there will also be a little sweet section where we will sell candies and breads and cookies. And then we will also have cookies for the children outside on the terrace of the Villa. Thus, the children will be occupied while the parents do their shopping.

Staff will also provide on-site gift wrapping services so people can have their gifts wrapped after purchase.

Villa Del Sol d’Oro was built from 1924 to 1928 for the eminent Los Angeles physician, Dr. Walter Jarvis Barlow and his wife, Marion Brooks Barlow. They chose the location of their dream home in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Finch-Burk said the Villa, designed by famed Pasadena architect Wallace Neff, is a two-thirds scale replica of Villa Collazi in Florence, Italy, believed to have been built by Michelangelo.

Five years after the death of Dr Walter Barlow, Marion Brooks Barlow made the difficult decision to sell the Villa del Sol d’Oro to the Sisters of St. Francis who planned to use the property as a convent and novitiate for their ascending order.

Recognizing the need for more opportunities for young women, the Sisters of St. Francis began building a secondary school for girls on the property of the Provincial Center just north of the convent. The school, originally named Alverno Heights Academy, welcomed its first students in 1960 and the first batch graduated from Alverno Terrace in 1964.

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