Been here...and coming back

Santa Claus has been popping up all over the North Boroughs, including a visit to the Bellevue holiday festivities last Friday evening. Pictured here, 4-year-old Savian, of Avalon, goes over his Christmas wish list with Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Avalon this Saturday for the borough’s “Brighten the Season” event. Families, children and pets can have a picture taken with the Clauses at the borough hall, noon-4 p.m., then shop with local vendors and crafters, make an ornament with the Avalon Library staff, and take a chance on some raffle baskets to support the Avalon NOW organization.

In addition, nonperishable food donations will be accepted for the North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry at the Suburban Campus of Allegheny General Hospital.

The community is invited to bring an unbreakable ornament to place on the Avalon community tree, which will be lit at 5 p.m. There will be caroling, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church following the tree lighting.