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PHOTO: The Oceanside-based Santa Margarita Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, hosted noted author, Barbara Anne Waite, at a recent meeting. Waite, talked about her two books on her grandmother, a descendant of a patriot who fought in the American Revolution. Waite encouraged members to keep paper records documenting their family history. The DAR group is open to women lineally descended from an ancestor who helped the colonists fight for independence in the American Revolution. From left, Barbara Anne Waite and Chapter Regent Alida Woodward. Visit www.santamargarita.californiadar.org

CARLSBAD

Free ‘Ask an Attorney’ session set for Tuesday

The Carlsbad Senior Center offers a free “Ask an Attorney” session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 799 Pine Ave. Carlsbad. Attorney Jeff Herbst offers free 30-minute appointments to answer questions about completing legal documents such as advance directives, durable power of attorney, as well as questions about homeowner associations, credit or other issues. Reserve at (760) 602-4650.

Free gift wrapping service for seniors

The Carlsbad Senior Center is hosting National Charities League for “Free Gift Wrapping Wednesdays” for seniors ages 50 and older from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at the center, 799 Pine Ave. Mother-daughter teams will wrap gifts while supplies last. No need to bring wrapping paper or other supplies. Call (760) 602-4650.

Volunteers needed at Flower Fields

The Flower Fields is looking for volunteers for the upcoming spring season. Duties include leading walking tours for children. Volunteers are also needed to teach Recycling and Vermicomposting to children from preschool through 5th grade. Training will be provided in January. Tours are given from March 15 to April 30 and are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte. Call Joni Miringoff at (760) 930-9123 ext. 118.

CARMEL VALLEY

Free holiday movies showing at Village

Free movie Saturdays at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, are at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 featuring “Polar Express” and Dec. 16 featuring “Elf” with live music starting at 5 p.m. Visit phrvillage.com.

DEL MAR

Gallery to hold 35th annual Christmas party

The Michael Seewald Galleries hosts its 35th annual Christmas Party from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar. The event is the opening night for the release of award-winning, international artist Michael Seewald’s “Puglia, Italy” series, the 65th photographic series Seewald created from trips around the world over three decades. Visit seewald.com or call (858) 793-3444.

ESCONDIDO

Holiday celebration Sunday at Sikes Adobe

The 1880s Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, holds a holiday party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Highlights include crafting Christmas decorations similar to those made by San Pasqual Valley pioneers, farmhouse tours, hot drinks and cookies and Christmas music. Suggested donation is $3 for individuals, $5 for families. Email dvidal@sdrp.org or call (760) 432-8318.

Bethlehem Walk

starts Friday night

The First United Methodist Church of Escondido will host the 30th annual Bethlehem Walk with a recreation of the birthplace of Jesus Friday to Sunday at 341 S. Kalmia St. Bethlehem Walk tours begin every five minutes during designated times: 5:30 to 8:55 p.m. Friday; 4 to 8:25 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 7:55 p.m. Sunday. The tours are free; reservations are recommended and give priority entrance. Reserve at fumcescondido.org.

Congregation to hold arts and crafts fair

Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation will hold an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2324 Miller Ave. The fair features art ranging from photography, pottery, jewelry and knitted, crocheted and quilted crafts to holiday items, sand art and tie-dyed T-shirts. There will be a children’s arts and crafts project. Visit chaliceuucongregation.org.

NORTH COUNTY

Music Men & Pacific Belles perform holiday concert

The Music Men Chorus of the Palomar-Pacific chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society of America and Pacific Belles, a women’s four-part acapella chorus, perform a holiday concert 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Oceanside Senior Center. The Music Men will also present Christmas programs at Palomar West Mobile Home Park in San Marcos at 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 9 and 5:45 p.m. Dec. 16 at Via Verde Estates in Escondido. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the San Marcos Senior Center and visitors are welcome. Email tomredler@aol.com or call (310) 650-0810. Visit musicmenchorus.org. For tickets to the joint concerts, visit www.pacificbelleschorus.org.

OCEANSIDE

Library holds free college info sessions

The Oceanside Public Library hosts two free informational sessions about “What Students and Parents Need to Know about College” at 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Oceanside Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway. The programs will cover different topics and will be led by educator and parent Don Chu, a professor and college dean, who sent five children to college. Topics include how to choose the right college, getting into college and how to pay for it. Parents and students are welcome. Visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600.

POWAY

Car-menorah parade

to make its way to mall

A car-menorah parade for the Hanukkah season will start with the lighting of the menorah at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chabad of Poway, 16934 Chabad Way, and travels to Westfield North County mall in Escondido, culminating in a celebration with menorah lighting, doughnuts and a Hebrew school performance at the mall’s second-floor entrance. The parade is slated to include 10 vehicles, including a limo and party bus, each with a menorah mounted on top. Visit chabadpoway.com.

VALLEY CENTER

Quartet to perform

free holiday concert

The Valley Center Symphony Brass Quartet will perform a free holiday concert at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Valley Center Library, 29200 Cole Grade Road. Festivities include caroling, cookies and light refreshments along with a visit from Santa, who will be available for photos after the concert. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Valley Center Library. Call (760) 749-1305.

VISTA

Historical society puts on Christmas party

The Vista Historical Society will hold its free annual Christmas Party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Park Terrace Café of the Gloria E. McClellan Adult Activity & Resource Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The Moonlight Holiday Youth Choir will sing holiday music. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a visit from Santa Claus with gifts for the children. Call (760) 630-0444.

Holiday boutique features handmade art

The Gloria McClellan Senior Center will hold a “Holiday Boutique” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The event features handmade, local items such as jewelry and craft items. Call (760) 643-5281.

Annual holiday carnival set for this weekend

A free family-friendly holiday carnival is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday hosted by Classic Chariots in their parking lot at 1611 West Vista Way. The ninth annual event features free children’s games, bounce houses, face painting, food and beverages, raffle tickets and free gifts from local community sponsors. Visit classicchariots.net.

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