By Rachel SchnalzerDesign and illustrations by Jade Cuevas Good morning, adventurers. This week, movie theaters, gyms and many other previously off-limits locales reopened in Los Angeles. For businesses, it’s cause for celebration, but as L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says, the reopenings do not mean “these activities are […]

Free coronavirus testing will be provided at several Santa Clara County sites in the coming week, mostly by appointment but on a drop-in basis in at least two locations. The county is offering two walk-in pop-up sites. They require no appointments but are only for people without symptoms. One is […]

With COVID-19 putting a damper on in-person meetings over the holidays, the Reif Arts Council is doing what it can to make sure some of the most important visits take place. The ones with Santa! Jolly Ol’ St. Nick will travel from the North Pole to the Myles Reif Performing […]

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — The holidays are nearing in Orange County! Christmas this year falls on a Friday, Dec. 25. Hanukkah runs Thursday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 18. And Kwanzaa is Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Celebrations are markedly different for 2020, to be sure. Many annual community extravaganazas […]

BUTTE — With the help of Candy Kane Communications and the Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation, Santa Claus is sending letters to children across Butte. “Santa Claus is pretty excited about it, I know that and Candy Kane communications, they really are. It’s the first year they’ve done this in […]

SAN CLEMENTE, CA — The holidays are nearing in San Clemente! Christmas this year falls on a Friday, Dec. 25. Hanukkah runs Thursday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 18. And Kwanzaa is Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Celebrations are markedly different for 2020, to be sure. Many annual community extravaganazas […]

Last year, they delivered more than 80,000 letters from seniors and adults and children. “My classmates and teachers have been asking me what we’re going to do this year, and I’ve been telling them that we’re not doing in-person letters this year, but we are doing on-line,” said Luke Hoag.  […]

Dan Schebler, Guest columnist Published 7:00 a.m. CT Nov. 28, 2020 This has certainly been a trying year…we have experienced wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and tropical storms in addition to living with a pandemic. On top of all that, the recent election cycle has further exacerbated the divisions evident in our nation, which makes it is easier to understand […]

CLOSE Many of the usual places children can see Santa Claus are still inviting him from the North Pole, but have several precautions in place due to COVID-19. Visits with Santa Claus will be a little different this Christmas season. (Photo: ToddKuhns, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Add a facemask to the red suit […]

Santa Claus is going virtual amid the pandemic. Flight School Studio, a Dallas-based Academy Award and Emmy nominated creative team, is bringing a new interactive experience to Sugar Land Town Square from Nov. 27 to Dec. 24. The innovative holiday installation features a three-dimensional St. Nicholas inside a large snow […]

CLOSE There will be no sitting on Santa’s lap this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean he’s not making a list — and checking it twice — ahead of Christmas 2020. This year, he’s getting a little creative. Santa will make some appearances at local malls, but families […]