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Lighting of the Night Dec. 4

Galt’s Lighting of the Night will be take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m., at Littleton Community Center, 410 Civic Center Drive. Pictures with Santa will be from 4-6 p.m. A music performance by Valley Oaks Elementary will be held at 6 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony follows at 6:15 p.m., and a Christmas parade begins at 6:30 p.m., starting at Civic Drive and C Street and continuing west to Fourth Street, south to E Street, east crossing S. Lincoln Way onto Caroline Avenue and finishing at the Chabolla Avenue staging area.

For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 209-36-7180.

Rae House Museum Open House Dec. 5

The Rae House Museum will be open for tours from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. The Galt Area Historical Society would like to encourage all to come and visit the old Victorian home of Alice Rae. Come to the beautiful Rae House Museum, tour the house and see the beautiful Christmas decorations. Santa Claus will make an appearance and light refreshments will be served. The Rae House is located at 204 Oak Street.

Christmas open house at McFarland Dec. 5

Galt Area Historical Society will host a Christmas open house at the McFarland Living History Ranch, 8899 Orr Road, on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Joan Werblun will be ‘decking the halls’, preparing the historic home for Christmas. Santa Claus will make an appearance, and there will be light refreshments. Take this opportunity to tour this historic home.

Senior Lunch slated for Dec. 9

South County Services Senior Lunch will be back this year, drive-thru style. The special holiday meal will take place Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Littleton Center, 410 Civic Drive. Service will begin at 11:30 a.m. The Galt Real Men’s Club will be cooking their famous barreled chicken. Tickets are required for this event. Please pick up tickets at South County Services, 431 S. Lincoln Way starting today, Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office is closed on Thursdays. More detailed information will be attached to tickets. For further information, call 209-745-9174.

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 11 at Chabolla Center

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8:30-11 a.m., at Chabolla Center, 610 Chabolla Ave. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door, with limited seating.

Santa’s elves will be serving pancakes, sausages, fruit and juice. Plus, holiday music, arts and crafts will provide festive cheer for all.

More information and tickets are available at

Wreath ceremony

slated Dec. 18

The newly formed Rio Cosumnes Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Wreaths Across America ceremony at East Lawn Memorial Park, 9189 East Stockton Boulevard in Elk Grove on Saturday, Dec. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Wreaths Across America is an annual event to honor fallen U.S. veterans by placing a memorial wreath on the headstones of service members in all 50 states and overseas.

Wild Bird Festival

The 15th annual Galt Wild Bird Festival is planned for Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the Tundra Swan as the featured bird.

This celebration of birds has free admission and children’s activities all day; plus educational vendors, a live wild animal presentation, photography exhibit, and youth art contest.

New this year will be a Bird Photography Exhibit, and Virtual Experiences with artist John Muir Laws.

Tours include a “Behind Locked Gates” tour at Cosumnes River Preserve; plus Tall Forest with Dr. John Trochet, Delta Birding with Chris Conard, Staten Island Sunset with Emily Wells, the Cal Waste Recovery Systems Materials Tour; Guided Photography Walk at Cosumnes River Preserve, and Tracks and Scat Walk at Cosumnes River Preserve.

Presentations will be made by Conservation Ambassador Gabriel Kerschner, Leesa Klotz from Cal-Waste, Kelli Moulden with Hawks, Honkers and Hoots, Corky Quirk with Going Batty, and Keynote Speaker John Ehrenfeld.

All activities will originate at the Chabolla Community Center, 610 Chabolla Avenue in Galt. Space is limited, so sign up now for tours at or call 209-366-7180.