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Santa is coming to Valley Center

October 31, 2013
Bates Nut Farm received word from Santa Claus that he will once again stop by to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas in Valley Center.

Christmas in the Valley steering committee is preparing for the event which will be held at Bates Nut Farm, Dec. 13 and 14. Pictured from left to right are Becca Smith, Sherrie Ness, LaVonne Johnson, Marcia Townsend, George Speer, Marty Burstein, and Karen Burstein. Not pictured Larry Patton. Photo by Kim Harris / Valley Roadrunner
He will arrive at Bates on Friday, Dec. 13 by fire truck and fly in again on his helicopter on Saturday, Dec. 14. Santa is looking forward to

handing out gifts and games to the community children.

Many high school groups, local service clubs and several churches are working with Santa to provide a Christmas Celebration for all to enjoy.

Offerings at the event which will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, include a

Gingerbread Village, story time presented by Friends of the Library and holiday music performed by local musicians.

There will be crafts for kids and shopping for the moms and dads, a living Nativity and free commemorative photos for the family and as in past

years, Valley View Casino has agreed to give each child a Christmas T-shirt — while they last.

The Gingerbread Village, a new attraction at this year's event, is being designed in part by volunteers from Valley Center High School. There will be several different types of gingerbread houses and a contest to see which family or club can build and design the most beautiful

gingerbread house.

"So all you creative cooks should start thinking of designs for your gingerbread houses," said Karen Burstein, member of the steering committee, who noted the contest is open to everyone.

Due to the generosity of the community, the event now in its third year, is free to everyone in attendance and continues to grow each

year said Burstein.

"The kids love it," she said. "The high school kids that volunteer do a great job of helping the little ones. It is a joy to see how much caring goes into this event by the many different volunteer groups, churches and companies that come together to support and entertain the children of the community. Working together, the community has by created a safe and fun two day Christmas celebration in Valley Center for our children and their families."

A committee of volunteers headed by Marcia Townsend is planning and running this free event for the children. For more information or to

participate in this fun holiday event, contact Townsend by email at

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