Santa Claus is coming to Struthers

The Santa House is gone, but the cafe is open.

Santa Claus will greet visitors at the Struthers Library Theatre cafe during the annual Christmas Walk and Parade.

Despite his busy workshop schedule this time of year, Santa has agreed to be part of the parade again this year, so he will not be able to greet visitors until after. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. with units lining up starting at 5:30.

“Santa Claus will be greeting his small admirers in the corner shop at Struthers Library Theatre beginning around 7 p.m.,” Executive Director Marcy O’Brien said. “Children will enter the shop via the new accessibility ramp at the Liberty Street entrance, visit with the jolly old man and exit through the Third Avenue door.”

“The shop, which is slated to become a cafe in 2018, has just finished serving as the construction office for the theater’s year-long building project,” O’Brien said. “The shop will be decorated with a large peacock-themed Christmas tree and a sleigh to accept gifts for the Toys for Tots program.”

SADD baskets

Warren Area High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will have a display at the cafe.

The annual SADD Basket Raffle will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Christmas Walk.

Each high school SADD chapter in the county — Eisenhower High School, Sheffield High School, Warren Area High School, Youngsville High School, and Tidioute Community Charter School — will provide two baskets with different themes for the raffle. The SADD advisors will also prepare a basket.

The themes of the baskets are: hunting, chocolate, hot beverages, movies, car wash, spa, lottery, gift wrapping, game night, gardening, and coloring.

The drawing for the basket winners will be held at the next SADD advisors meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

“Every year the SADD chapters at all the high schools have a basket raffle to help support and fund activities in the schools and for a spring conference held in Warren County,” Warren Area High School SADD Advisor Joe English said.

This is the first time the raffle will be held in conjunction with the walk. “We came together and thought of a public event where we could set up to get some foot traffic and the Christmas Walk seemed like a perfect idea,” English said.