Claus to greet kids at holiday celebration
by Sam Matthews
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Santa and Mrs. Claus, seen in action at last year’s Tracy’s Home for the Holidays celebration, will return for this year’s celebration on Nov. 23 and 24. Press file photo
Santa and Mrs. Claus, seen in action at last year’s Tracy’s Home for the Holidays celebration, will return for this year’s celebration on Nov. 23 and 24. Press file photo
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Santa and Mrs. Claus will begin making their holiday rounds in Tracy Nov. 23 and 24 — the weekend before Thanksgiving — as part of the second Tracy’s Home for the Holidays celebration.

The Clauses will first greet children during a family breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 23 in the Portuguese Hall, 940 W. Ninth St. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with children for photographs at the hall during a holiday gift boutique. Entry is free, and donations for photos are accepted.

That evening, a Tracy’s Home for the Holidays dinner-dance will begin at 5 p.m. in the Portuguese Hall. Ticket fees, $55 per person, are due by Monday, Nov. 18, by calling 833-7330.

A senior citizen breakfast ($10 at the door) gets things going Nov. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The holiday gift boutique with children’s activities and Santa visits and photos will again be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hall, with free entry.

A fashion show with wine and cheese will be presented by My Best Friend’s Closet from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 in the hall. Tickets ($20 per person) can be reserved by phoning 833-6232 and will be available at the door. People making reservations by Tuesday, Nov. 19, will receive gift bags.

Proceeds from Tracy’s Home for the Holidays, organized by volunteers Dave and Pam Warta, go to the Tracy Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation, which supports community projects.

A $500 cash prize will be given to a person who visits all 17 downtown stores involved in the Passbook project of the Tracy City Center Association.

Donations to Santa and Mrs. Claus also support Santa’s Charities Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization that this year supports Case for Kids, a new local charity that provides services to foster children.

Last year, the jolly couple raised $26,346 for a San Joaquin County childhood language-disorder center.

Following their participation in Tracy’s Home for the Holidays, Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride atop a fire truck in the Dec. 7 Tracy holiday parade and then appear at company and private pre-Christmas gatherings throughout the Tracy area.

• Contact Sam Matthews at 830-4234 or shm@tracypress.com.

 
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