Briefs: Santa, Mrs. Claus visiting Linda on Saturday
Linda residents will get some holiday cheer a bit early, with a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on Saturday at Peach Tree Mall in Linda.
From 3 p.m.-6 p.m., the iconic duo will be joined by members of the Linda Lions Club who will serve hot chocolate, cookies and pastries.
Children who are 12 years and younger can meet Santa and receive a toy.
Donations for the events are accepted at these businesses: Pena Insurance, Relai's Tailoring, Jaime's Furniture and Pack and Post on North Beale Road; and La Ley Radio on Ninth Street in Marysville.
This is the second year for the Winter Wonderland event, which drew more than 2,000 people last year.
First 5 announces $800,000 in grants
First 5 Yuba has announced more than $800,000 in grants its board has given out for a variety of programs next year in Yuba County.
Among the recipients are The Salvation Army, which received $142,000 to hire a part-time activity coordinator for families staying at the Depot and organizing activities; Harmony Health Family Resource Centers, which received $119,488 to offer a variety of services to get children ready for school; and the Yuba Feather Community Services' recreation committee, which received $136,500 to renovate Ponderosa Park in Brownsville.
Established after the state's voters passed Proposition 10 in 1998, First 5 Yuba uses proceeds from tobacco taxes to pay for programs aimed at health and wellness for children up to age 5.
Candle lighting service slated
The seventh Annual Candle Lighting Memorial Service, hosted by Sierra View Mortuary and Memorial Park, is slated in Olivehurst.
The event, giving families the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died, is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 4900 Olive Ave.
For more information, call 742-6957.
Chamber music benefit Sunday
The second annual Tea and Talent fundraiser, featuring chamber music selections, is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday at the River Valley High School auditorium, 801 El Margarita Road, Yuba City.
Presented by the Yuba Sutter Youth Symphony, the event includes prizes donated by local businesses.
Admission is free, with donations accepted.
For more information, call 300-4189 or go online at ysys .webs.com.
Church, diner hosting toy drive
An annual toy drive for the homeless sponsored by the Good Seed Church and the 10th Street Diner in Marysville is under way.
The donations will be distributed during the church's 14th annual early free Christmas dinner for the hungry.
Donated wrapped toys or gifts, labeled by gender and age, can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the 10th Street Diner, 718 10th St., Marysville.
The early free Christmas dinner is slated from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 22.
Nonprofit thrift needs inventory
Donations of goods are sought for the Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue Thrift Shop in Yuba City.
New and gently used seasonal items, furniture, housewares, electronics and clothing can be dropped off during store hours at 855 Gray Ave., Yuba City.
The store is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
All money raised benefits Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue. The organization works to place homeless dogs in permanent homes.
Barn Dance will aid charity causes
The band Flatbusted will be featured in the upcoming holiday dance sponsored by the Alliance for Hispanic Advancement.
The Cowboys and Angels Christmas Barn Dance is slated Saturday from 7 p.m.-midnight at 866 W. Onstott Road, Yuba City.
Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.
Money raised goes to local scholarships and Hurricane Sandy relief.
For more information, call 821-0123, ext. 12.
Bell-ringing contest slated on Thursday
The annual Salvation Army Kettle Competition, pitting the Yuba City and Marysville Kiwanis clubs against each other in the fundraising contest, is scheduled Thursday in front of the cities' respective post offices.
Volunteers will be ringing bells from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Yuba City office, 761 Plumas St., and the Marysville office, 407 C St.
Last year's contest raised $11,617 for the Yuba-Sutter Salvation Army.
In its 13th year, the competition has grown to include members of four local Rotary clubs, the Peach Bowl Lions and other service clubs.