There's a lot going on as we prepare for the holidays ... and it seems Santa and his elves are working overtime to make sure they have everyone's wish list. Santa will appear at The Village and the Town Center in Corte Madera. He'll take some time out Sunday for a breakfast spectacular, then it's right back to work. Here are a few ways to get into the holdiay spirit this weekend:
• What does Santa eat that makes his belly roll like it's full of jelly when he laughs? Why, pancakes with all the toppings, of course! Join Santa and his helpers Sunday, 8-10:30 a.m., for a pancake breakfast at the Corte Madera Recreation Department's refurbished building. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, tatters, chorizo, tortillas, juice, milk and coffee. To register, or for more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (415) 927-5072.
• Just Voices, SingersMarin’s premier a capella mixed vocal ensemble will present a selection of holiday favorites at Max’s of Corte Madera on Friday, Dec. 9, 8-10:30 p.m. Ten percent of your dinner tab will be donated to SingersMarin. For more information, contact the SingersMarin office by phone, at (415) 383-3712, by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.singersmarin.org.
• The Corte Madera Town Center will be in the holiday swing with free performances by local youth groups and the women's a cappella group the Dartmouth Subtleties. The concert is Sunday, 2-3 p.m. Bring the kids to have their photos taken with Santa.
• Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur will host a free Christmas carol sing-along on Sunday at 4 p.m. Call 924-4832 for details.
• College of Marin will host Marin Oratorio's 50th anniversary concert "Four Centuries of Great Choral Music." The concert will be held at the physical education center Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20.
• St. Patrick's Church in Larkspur catches island fever Saturday with a Hawaiian Holiday Craft & Bake Sale. The event is a fundraiser for Hula On! Productions, a California Nonprofit Association, whose dance entity, Halau Hula Na Pua O Ka La'akea, is Marin County's resident Hula school. Doors open at 10 a.m.
• Still looking for a good deal on just the right holiday gift? Try the Marin Catholic Holiday Boutique on Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will include more than 40 vendors and artisans selling handbags, jewelry, books and more. Proceeds benefit Marin Catholic Safe and Sober Grad Night
• Larkspur Library hosts The Saga of Larkspur Past and Present. Come to a presentation Saturday at 2 p.m. by several members of the Larkspur Past and Present Book Team, and find out how the definitive book on Larkspur's history was updated for its newest edition. You'll hear stories about Larkspur's history, and also be regaled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the trials, tribulations, and victories involved in putting together this 384-page book.