Around Town: Santa's workshop

Shop while your children create holiday ornaments, decorations, enjoy a movie and a snack. The city of Atwater is offering four sessions in Santa's Workshop. The cost is $30 for 4 hours and includes all activities and supplies. Two sessions per day on Monday and Tuesday are available, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 760 E. Bellevue Road. Sign up early as space is limited. For more information, call (209) 357-6320.


Honoring women

The Atwater Soroptomists seek applicants for its "Making a Difference for Women Award" honoring women who, through their professional or personal activities make extraordinary efforts on behalf of women and girls. Applications are available at the Atwater Chamber of Commerce, 1181 Third St., Atwater. Applications are due Jan. 15. For more information, call (209) 769-6356.


Picture with Santa

Enjoy classic airplanes decorated with holiday cheer at Castle Air Museum's, Christmas Plane Lane, 5050 Santa Fe Drive. Santa will smile for the camera among decorated displays and festive grounds from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday.

Hot cocoa and tasty treats are found at the Flight of Fancy Cafe. Entrance fee is $3.


Hire carolers

Playhouse Merced is offering the services of its Caroling Quartet, Jim and Diane Kocher, Tess Parks, and Goran Norquist, at parties or other events through the holiday season.

Caroling packages run from $100-$300 and can be customized. Arrangements can be made at (209)725-8587.

For the remainder of the holiday season, Playhouse Merced also serves as a holiday venue. There are special company group rates for its two holiday shows: "Little Women: The Musical" and "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play."


Book drive

A holiday book drive is being held at Barnes and Noble, 1720 W. Olive Ave. in Merced.

The drive will help the Valley Crisis Center and United Way of Merced County. Books purchased will be delivered to children.

For more information, call (209) 386-0571.

Items in Around Town must be sent in to the Merced Sun-Star at least one week in advance. Send them to Barbara Hale at (209)385-2478 or bhale@mercedsun-star.com