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Publication Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2005

HOLIDAYS 2005: Santa plans stops at Menlo Park train station, other locations HOLIDAYS 2005: Santa plans stops at Menlo Park train station, other locations (November 30, 2005)

Santa Claus will make a 20-minute visit in Menlo Park at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, December 3, aboard Caltrain's fifth annual Trains for Tots special.

Santa and his entourage will get off the train to greet children and pose for pictures. The vintage train will be decorated with 40,000 lights and holiday decorations, a Caltrain spokesperson says. The Cisco Singers will be aboard to lead the singing, accompanied by a Salvation Army brass band.

Continuing a tradition begun in 2001, Caltrain and the Golden Gate Railroad Museum are joining with other partners to help generate toy donations for the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program.

Visitors are encouraged to drop a new, unwrapped toy into barrels at the station when they come to see the train.

Last year more than 6,000 toys were dropped in donation barrels located at the train stations.

The West Bay Model Railroad Association's model railroad display at the Menlo Park train station will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening.
Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus will make a personal appearance at the annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 3, at Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

There will be a pancake breakfast, crafts, and a visit from Santa himself.

The event is sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, Young Latino Leaders, and the Menlo Park Rotary Club.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under ($1 off with donation of an unwrapped toy to the firefighters' toy drive).

For more information, call the Menlo Park Community Services Department at 330-2200.
Santa due soon at fire stations

Snacking on hot cocoa and cookies while sitting on Santa's lap is a surefire way to get into the holiday spirit.

Children of all ages are invited to do just that at the Woodside Fire Protection District's annual open house on Wednesday, December 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Santa Claus and his firefighting friends will be hosting the event at all three of the district's stations: 3111 Woodside Road and 850 California Way in Woodside, and 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

The stations are easy to spot because they're all lit up and decorated for the season.

They're usually fairly crowded too, because everyone is encouraged to climb all over and explore the fire engines.

Each family is urged to bring along a new and unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program that benefits less fortunate children living in San Mateo County.

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