He's here he's there: Visit St. Nick almost everywhere

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Santa Claus is not just coming to town.

He's making appearances all over the place.

Earlier this week the jolly ol' elf toured the grounds at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

On Friday he'll make an appearance at Olive Marketplace & Caf, 21 E. Main St. From 4-8 p.m. Santa will be at the downtown eatery to visit with kids, old and young. Photos will be available for purchase.

He'll return to Olive one week later during the same time.

Every Sunday through Christmas, Kris Kringle will also be available to visit with the wee ones at Inland Octopus, 7 E. Main St. Santa will be at the independent toy store 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free digital photographs will be provided.

Those who want to write a letter to Santa can submit it at the mailbox in front of the Home Loan Center, 1 E. Main St. Kids who submit their letters will get one back from the "North Pole."

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The clock is ticking on a chance to vote for your favorite local nonprofit to get some cash courtesy of The Abajian Foundation of Sharing.

Abajian Toyota-Scion has partnered with Toyota Motor Co. to distribute $15,000 among three local nonprofit organizations.

The deadline to vote is Monday, and the top three vote-getters will be submitted to Toyota for final approval to receive $5,000 each.

Votes can be submitted for eight different qualifying nonprofits via Facebook. The nonprofits in the running are: Friends of Children of Walla Walla, Blue Mountain Humane Society, Rising Sun Clubhouse, Walla Walla Area Crime Watch, Valley Residential Services, Camp Fire USA of Walla Walla, Fort Walla Walla Museum and American Cancer Society Relay for Life Walla Walla.

To cast a vote, visit the Abajian Toyota/Scion page on Facebook.

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

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