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"Breakfast with Santa The annual Breakfast with Santa at American Legion Post 141, postponed from last Saturday because of the weather, will be held this Saturday, Dec. 23, from 9 a.m.-noon -- no matter what! Kids and families are invited for breakfast, goodies and pictures with Santa, who will arrive at 10 a.m. Donations are welcome. Call 321-5696 for more information. Pet giving tree South Whidbey Animal Clinic has a holiday tree in its reception area that's especially for pets. Clients are encouraged to donate an item of dog or cat food for the tree, which Dr. Robben Jones will match. (Four-footed clients will need to ask their human companions to help deliver the items.)The food will be given to WAIF (Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation) to help feed the homeless animals in the shelter.Donations will be accepted until Dec. 23, during business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 9-noon. For more information call 341-1200.Soroptimist gift wrapping Get your gifts wrapped for Christmas and help local charities. South Whidbey Soroptimists will wrap presents at the Freeland Chamber of Commerce Building, 1640 Main Street in Freeland, through Saturday. All donations will benefit South Whidbey charities. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 20-21; 11 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22-23.See the lights Trudy and Whitey Martin invite the community to visit their light display in Useless Bay during Santa's visit by Fire District 3 on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 5:15 p.m. The address is 5677 Lenz Place, just off Hillis.Santa in langley Santa Claus returns to stroll the streets of Langley Dec. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. He'll be greeting children (of all ages) dispensing Christmas cheer and candy canes.Christmas Eve at the Dog House: Owners Pete and Wendy Jacobs give their holiday gift to the community once again as they prepare and serve a free turkey dinner on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. All are invited to come and enjoy the festive meal and the congenial company. Dinner will be served beginning at about 6 p.m. About 300 people generally partake of this Langley tradition.A gift of light The Bayview Community Alternative Power Project, an all volunteer group working to put solar panels on Bayview Community Hall, is asking people from the community to donate a bulb to the hall. The bulbs are super energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs which actually just by themselves cut lighting energy usage (and utility bills!!) by 80-90 percent for the lighting. And if you buy one bulb for the hall you get a free one to take home. Bulbs will be available for pick up before Christmas with a gift card included. Donors of four or more bulbs will have their names included on a plaque. Each bulb is $20 (actually two for $20 with the free one you get). For more information call Laurie Keith, 221-4010.Soroptimists' christmas village Visit Santa's Village with Santa's house, a gingerbread house, children's petting zoo and more at the Oak Harbor High School Memorial Stadium, off Midway Boulevard and Whidbey Avenue. Open until Dec. 23, from 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. New Year's Eve community celebration An intergenerational community celebration on Dec. 31, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. at Whidbey Institute's Thomas Berry Hall will begin wit youth performances and elder stories, followed by a potluck dinner, sacred ritual, dancing and ringing in 2001 with the Whidbey Institute's new bronze salmon bell.Participants can also walk the outdoor labyrinth or contemplate quietly in the meditation room. There will be opportunity for community visioning and arts activities for the whole family, plus a special teen space.Cost is $25; preregistration is required at 341-1884. Volunteers are needed, and overnight accommodations are available in the Farmhouse.Tingstad and Rumbel Finish the holiday season with the annual Twelfth-Night concert with Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel, presented by Langley Methodist Church on Jan. 6 at WICA. All seats are $15. Call 221-8268. "

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