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Team ARC, bad sweaters and local leaders at Paul Krekorian's Holiday party

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There were police officers, the Team ARC handbell choir, local leaders and Mis Les singing along with a green parrot named Queenie who was singing along on her shoulder.

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Los Angeles City Council member Paul Krekorian spread the cheer Thursday night in a lovely tribute at the Tiara Street Park Multipurpose Center. It brought out an unusual and wonderful assortment of characters from District 2 in Los Angeles.

Some of the visitors paid attention to the invite and wore their most ridiculous holiday sweater (including some of the city staff) at the new recreation center in North Hollywood.

Many visitors brought a donation of canned food to benefit the north Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry and a small toy for the LAFD Spark of Love toy drive.

There was a special performance by the ARC Bell Choir, which helps people with development disabilities and raises funds for programs and advocacy and awareness. (See

Local music teacher Miss Les, aka the Bird Lady, brought along Queenie who is 35 years old and was rescued from an abusive owner. Miss Les was famous for appearing on Season 9 of "America's Got Talent."

The bird was cooing along with Miss Les as the ARC Bell Choir played "Silent Night" and other Christmas carols at the party.

Studio City Neighborhood Council president John Walker, as well as vice president Lisa Sarkin and member Lisa Cahan Davis was in attendance before they were on their way to the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils annual dinner at the CBS Studio Center (Radford Studios). Studio City head librarian Karen Pickard-Four and North Hollywood Regional Librarian Jeanne Rankin were also there, as well as Harvard-Westlake's vice president John Amato and Studio City Improvement Association director Lorena Parker.

Local Los Angeles Police Department senior lead officers such as Manuel Arreygue, Robert Benavides, Carol Sawamura and others were there schmoozing with the community.

A good time was had by all.

Check out video and photos of the event above.

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