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Sam Odrowski

Little carolers

St. Michael's students brought some Christmas cheer to Rainycrest on Friday afternoon when the kindergarten classes performed classic Christmas carols in Hallett Hall. Following their performances, the youngsters handed out Christmas-themed drawings to the home's residents.

Nativity scene

Students acted out the nativity scene yesterday afternoon during the dress rehearsal for the Christmas concert staged by St. Michael's French Immersion classes. A crowd of parents and grandparents filled the gymnasium to watch their little ones perform.

7 Gens building

Jarnel Contracting nearly has finished the Seven Generations Education Institute's new $16-million building on Agency One lands here. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility, which will house all of SGEI's programs, is set to open early in the New Year.

Advent service

St. Francis School's Junior Division celebrated an Advent prayer service at St. Mary's Church here Thursday evening. Children sang hymns and Christmas songs, said readings from the Bible, lit candles, blessed the Advent wreath, and prayed.

Christmas open house

A handful of people turned out to the open house at local MPP Greg Rickford's constituency office at 276 Scott St. yesterday afternoon. Baked goods and apple cider was enjoyed by those who came out. Mr. Rickford unfortunately could not attend in person as he was called away suddenly for an emergency sitting at Queen's Park.

Pictures with Santa

Ayanna Savage, left and Aiden Loerzel took a seat on Santa and Mrs. Claus' laps to tell them what they would like for Christmas and get their picture taken by Studio Gibbous at The Christmas Store (located at Lowey's Greenhouse & Market Gardens) on Saturday.

Festive 'heads'

Seven Generations Education Institute hair-styling program students Jasmine Bump, left, Jadia Nash, Larissa Derkson, and Cherish Gervais showed off the Christmas tree-styled mannequin heads they had decorated on Tuesday at the hair studio on King's Highway.

Multicultural event helps newcomers connect with fellow immigrants here

Trying to break into a new community can be tough, especially when you're from another country.

To help those who recently immigrated here get better connected to other immigrants, the Valley Adult Learning Association held a “Newcomers Meet-and-Greet” on Nov. 30 at the Super 8.

“Last January we got quite an influx of newcomers to Canada,” noted VALA employee Tracey Ormerod.