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Senior Center invites friends of Mr. Claus to all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast

FILE PHOTO - Hundreds of children have flocked to the winter event over the years, eagerly waiting in line to get their photo taken with Mr. Claus and give him their hand-crafted letters.With grocery stores already decking the shelves with holiday goodies and the town Christmas tree awaiting to be lit, none are more excited for Dec. 25 than the children. But why wait until Christmas?

For the 30th year, the Sandy Senior Center is inviting all the local boys and girls into its dining room at 38348 Pioneer Blvd. to have breakfast with Santa from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2.

Hundreds of children have flocked to the winter event over the years, eagerly waiting in line to get their photo taken with Mr. Claus and give him their hand-crafted letters. This year, each child will receive a candy cane and a mandarin orange to take home, and local pianist Anita Forbes will play Christmas music throughout the event.

"My favorite part is seeing the kids smile," said event coordinator Iris White. "And the kids' outfits are so cute."

White initiated Breakfast with Santa at the senior center all those years ago because she had a similar experience during her childhood and wished to share it with others.

"It was such a fun time of my life," she explained. "I'll never forget it. I'm excited when the kids are excited."

The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes, all prepared by senior center staff and donated by local businesses.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. There will also be a raffle with tickets priced at four for $5.

All proceeds benefit the center, and last year the event brought in $3,000.

"I look at it this way," White added. "Everybody's going to be there one day. Everybody will be a senior. So it helps everybody."

White is still accepting donations of food or money for the event. Donations can be sent or delivered to the senior center. Volunteers are also welcome and can call the center at 503-668-5569 to sign up to help.

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