In the Spotlight for 12-11

Santa at Tumbleweeds

The second annual pancake breakfast and photos with Santa is 7:30 -10 a.m. Saturday at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics Minden gym, 2231 Meridian Blvd. Unit 2, Minden. Pancake breakfast is $5, free for age 2 and younger. Photo with Santa is $5. Leave your children 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Drop 'n' Shop while you shop. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. A 10 percent sibling discount available. Raffles for gift baskets. The event is a fundraiser the Tumbleweeds Gymnastics Booster Club that helps with financial support for the 2009-10 boys' and girls' competitive teams. Information, 782-4496.

Book signing at Borders

Johnson Lane resident Soozie Lewis, author of "The Bloomingsons of the Nevada Sage, Haley Roo," will be featured in a book signing event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Borders books on Topsy Lane. The book is set in 1967 Carson Valley, with events seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Lissy Bloomingson. "Haley Roo" is the first in Lewis' Bloomingsons saga, with the second novel, "Excuse My Buffalo," due out soon. Information at

Senior Christmas party

Young at Heart's Christmas party is Saturday at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Social hour at noon, food served at 1 p.m. Bring a gift of at least $5 if you want to play pirate gift exchange, male for male, female for female. Seniors only. Call 783-6455 or 265-2312 if you need transportation.

Holiday fair Saturday

A holiday gift fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1380 Stodick Lane, Gardnerville. Wares include jewelry, linens, art, stocking stuffers, designer clothing and Chanukah gifts. Donations of children's winter jackets accepted for the Educator's Closet, which provides jackets to children in Carson Valley, Carson City and rural Nevada. Information, Eileen Cohen, 267-02557.

Storytelling presentation Saturday

Native Americans share music and stories of personal and ancestral significance, wisdom and humor during the StoryBox presentation, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Stewart Indian School Administration Building No. 3, off Snyder Avenue in Carson City. The free storytelling event is sponsored by the Nevada Indian Commission-Stewart Indian School and the Nevada Arts Council. Public invited. Information,

Native American craft fair

Art and crafts fair featuring Christmas gift items from Native American vendors, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, at the Washo Healing Center, 1555 Wata'sheamu Road in Dresslerville.

Craft vendors needed for an art and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Washoe Housing Authority on 1588 Wata'sheamu Road in Dresslerville. Booth fee $20 for both days. Information, Ada, 265-7103 or Chris, 265-5001.

Free family movie day

The Partnership of Community Resources hosts a free movie day Dec. 27 at Ironwood Stadium Cinema 8 in Minden. Make reservations at 782-8611. Students must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Movie popcorn provided. Event made possible through funding from the Smallwood Foundation. Movie announced Dec. 20 at


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