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The Thanksgiving turkey is picked over. Harvest motifs have been replaced with holiday outdoor displays, and in Ray County this weekend, Christmas comes in big with a weekend of Santa visits, holiday cookies and homemade chili dinners.
Santa will visit kids and pets alike on Saturday. RHS senior class booster clubs sponsors the annual Breakfast with Santa at Richmond Middle School 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Inside the Gingerbread Shop, known to many as the school library, is a gift shop of inexpensive presents kids can select for their parents and siblings. Santa will be there, too. Photos with the jolly old elf are $5. The event also has a pancake and sausage breakfast, which is $5 for adults and $4 for kids under 12, specialty booths and a silent auction. Later on, Santa visits Ray County’s dogs and cats at the Ray County Humane Society, 200 S. College St., 1 to 3 p.m. Photos with Santa will be available.
There will be no need to cook or bake on Saturday, either.
Messenger Chapel, 601 S. Thornton, hosts its third annual homemade Christmas cookie, candy and bread sale. Assorted cookie boxes are $5. The event begins at 9 a.m. Friends of the Farris will also hosts a cookie sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Friends Gallery, adjacent to the theater. Choose from an assortment of homemade cookies for a $10 donation to Friends of the Farris.
The city of Henrietta hosts a small business fair and chili dinner at its city hall 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Chili serving begins at 11 a.m. for a cost of $5. Richmond Shriners will also have its annual chili dinner 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For $7, you can eat all the chili you want, which includes a dessert and a beverage.
For Ray County seniors, a day-long informational event begins at 9 a.m. at Richmond United Christian Presbyterian Church, 501 N. Spartan Drive. Half-hour presentations until 4 p.m. include protecting oneself from scam artists, eldercare, files of life, Alzheimer’s and practical uses of medial alert devices. Lunch will be served 12:30 to 1 p.m.