Russett celebrated the holidays with its annual Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3 and 4. Sounds of the season were piped throughout the festively decorated community center and a giant tree decorated with care added to the ambience.

Exuberant children and parents awaited Santa's arrival and with a wink of an eye and a twitch of his nose, the jolly old elf made his grand entrance.

The smell of coffee, scrambled eggs, bacon, French toast and more wafted through the air enticing everyone's taste buds and making mouths water. During breakfast, pictures were taken and each child received a gift box from Santa as well as a goodie bag to take home.

Sitting with Santa and whispering in his ear of what he wished for this year, Christian Bonilla left with a smile on his face while other children watched in awe, especially Ellias Phillips, daughter of five-year Russett residents Richard and Farrah. Also five-year Russett residents Candice and Christopher Grayton, along with their son, Grant, and daughter, Gabrielle, enjoyed the festivities as did my husband, Russett Community Association vice president Tim Reyburn.


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Mingling and socializing with one another, taking pictures as well as dancing and playing "Simon Says" with one of Santa's elves made for an exciting time for everyone. As the hustle and bustle slowly came to a close and everyone gathered up their belongings, Santa was heard saying, "Merry Christmas and ho, ho, ho" as he made his way out to his awaiting sleigh, only to return on another brisk, December day. A big Russett thank you goes out to all the participants, volunteers and staff for making this another successful, sold-out event.

As we head into the winter solstice, snow will be prevalent in the months ahead. With that in mind, the Department of Aging and Disabilities is partnering with the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County and the Citizens Corps Council to recruit and deploy families, Scouts, church youth groups, high school groups as well as adult organizations for the Snow Patrol.

Isolated seniors with medical needs and individuals with disabilities usually need assistance with removing snow and ice during winter storms so that sidewalks and driveways can be accessible. Volunteer groups are needed now and must pre-register in order to help residents during this winter's storms.

For more information and a Snow Patrol intake form, contact Bill at 410-897-9207 or bill@volunteerannearundel.org. A Snow Patrol intake form can also be downloaded from http://www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

To all my friends, family and loyal readers, merry Christmas and happy New Year!