St. Nick to hear requests at Inland Octopus

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Santa Claus is coming to town. This weekend.

Main Street toy shop Inland Octopus will present the jolly old elf on the stage of the store's Castle Theater following Saturday's Macy's Parade of Lights.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the store, 220 E. Main St., around 7 p.m.

Return engagements are expected this Sunday, as well as Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff. Free digital images with the kids will be provided via e-mail.

The store will also host a Dickensian-themed event next Wednesday. "A Christmas Party As It Was Meant To Be" takes place from 5-9 p.m. at the store.

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Several college choral groups will perform and traditional Christmas treats and refreshments will be served.

The Castle Theater will also set the stage for live acoustic music, sing-alongs and dance acts, including "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." Christmas storytelling will culminate with "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Santa will make an appearance.

For more details about the free events, call Catsiff at 526-0115, or contact: email@inlandoctopus.com .

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College Place wireless studio Inland Cellular is collecting donations for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

The food drive runs through the end of December and will benefit the greater Walla Walla and Columbia County region.

A collection bin has been placed in the studio's showroom at 1605 S.E. Meadowbrook Boulevard, as well as Inland Cellular locations throughout the Northwest.

Each branch aims to collect 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food items for their respective food banks.

Monetary donations are also accepted.

For more information call Inland Cellular at 629-2500.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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