his- 1 Oil F EE REM Illumination of Lake Merrilt Spe-ctai-le Spe-ctai-le Spe-ctai-le Spe-ctai-le Spe-ctai-le to Launch Series of E v en t s M a k i n g Yule Season Brilliant Oakland's official Christmas sea- sea- , son will he ushered In nt 7:30 o'clock next Saturday night when .Mrs. George A. Hillback. mother of "the originator of the Idea, closes the electric switch controlling controlling the lights on the floating Christmas treo'in Lake Merrltt. That wns the statement today of Bedford W; Boyes, program chair man, in making public the 3v a jf t e n t a th e : .- .- program 5: 4 4. as compiled ' " for the pe- pe- K v rlod of De- De- c e mber 14 i Oh won to 25. Ini, - . ! elusive. f ' h The lllu- lllu- 1 , , W i ruination of s v, ' 4 the tres Is f . . fc1 s made possi- possi- . raw I i ble through ' ' " ' efforts of t $ Oakland f ''-I ''-I ''-I ' .', h u s 1 n e ss. service and t o ,V v e t e r ans' o r g a nidations nidations and ii u n d-reds d-reds d-reds si of indivldu- indivldu- L4iA 4im ills Interest- Interest- BEDFORD W, BOTES ed in giving Oakland the most spectacular Christmas celebration in her history. history. If will set in motion a series of events unprecedented here for magnitude and splendor. " TREE LIGHTING 1 According to the present program,, program,, ceremonies" lasting from 7 until 7:30 o'clock will precede the lighting of flie tree. William P. St. Sure, general committee chairman, heads the program. He will tell of the origin of the Lake Merrltt Chrl.tmas tree ( idea In the mind of a. 10-year-old, 10-year-old, 10-year-old, 10-year-old, 10-year-old, schoolboy, who died before, his drenti became an actuality. He.- He.- will relate the history of the move- move- ment and how it reached success. f ul completion. ' Holiday sentiments and the ln troductlon of the parents of Robert Robert Hillback, the schoolboy orlgl- orlgl- nator of the idea, will follow. Mrs. Hillback will then light the tree, but the tree probably will not be ns bright as the eyes of thou- thou- sands of youngsters expected to line the shores of the lake for the event. Boyes will then speak on the details of the program and how arrangemffits were made with choruses and vocalists from colleges, colleges, clubs, churches and radio systems to "appear", over the broadcasting system. MUSICAL PROGRAM The musical program, broadcast through three loudspeakers mounted mounted at the base of the tree, will fo 'ow. Among the performers will, be Miss Margaret O'Dea, nationally known chain radio star," who has received many requests to sing "Holy Night" and other traditional Christmas themes. The appear- appear- ance of the Aahmes Chanters Is listed on the tmtatlve . schedule. Hugh Barrett Dobbs will, be an- an- nouncer and master of ceremonies. The evening programs for th remainder of the series, as outlined . at present by. Boyes, are, briefly, as follows: From December IS to 23. Inclu- Inclu- slye, there will be evening broad- broad- ciistsi of Christmas carols and slm- slm- liar holiday music from 7:80 to 8 o'clock The following evening, Christmas eve, a special program featuring church choir music will be presented at the same hour. Male choruses will be the feature of the Christmas night program, December 25, from 7:30 until 8:30 o'clock. . Further details of the. program are pending and will be made pub- pub- lie the first part of next week, Boyes said today.