• Santa is coming to Belmont on Thursday, Dec. 5 during the 23rd Annual Turn on the Town Celebration on Leonard Street in Belmont Center. The festivities will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on a closed Leonard Street with Santa arriving and lighting the Christmas tree adjacent to the Bank of America branch at 6:20 p.m., before riding his sleigh to the Belmont Saving Bank main office at 2 Leonard St. to pose for free photos from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Belmont High School Madrigal Singers and the Powers Music School's Harmony Chorale and Singing for Kids students will perform. Rudolf and Frosty the Snowman will be present, awaiting Santa’s arrival. There will also be a petting zoo in the Belmont Savings parking garage.
The Bank's new Santa’s Helper Contest offers kids a chance to ride in the Sleigh with Santa from the tree lighting to the Bank's Belmont Center branch. The three winners will also be first in line to have their photo taken with Santa inside the Bank's branch. Parents may enter their children to win on the Bank’s website(belmontsavings.com/santashelpers). Residents are encouraged to celebrate the season of giving and bring non-perishable food items or unwrapped toys to be donated to the Belmont Food Pantry.• The Belmont High School Advance Placement Art Class is holding a fundraiser at Conley's Pub & Grille, 164 Belmont St., in Watertown on Monday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Twenty-eight students are traveling to Paris, France during April school vacation allowing for educational enrichment for students with exceptional art ability. Conley's' owner, Steve Conley, will donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to help defray the cost of the trip for all the students and will assist those students who might not be able to travel to Paris due to family financial hardship. This fund-raiser is open to the public.
• The Belmont Public Library give you a chance to share your holiday recipes and discover new ones with its annual Holiday Dessert Tasting and Recipe Swap on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the library's assembly room. You do not have to be a baker to attend; everyone will be able to sample the treats and take home copies of recipes. Desserts must be meant to be served at room temperature. Please bring enough for at least 20 people to sample. Please bring 20 copies of the recipe. All recipes will be posted at the library the next day. Bakers must register in advance on the library's website or by calling 617-993-2870.
• The Mary Lee Burbank Elementary School holds its annual book fair on Friday, Dec. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. This year's fair – the school's biggest fundraiser of the year – features a wide range of new and popular book titles that will appeal to children of all ages. During the book fair, children will have the opportunity to take part in arts and crafts activities. At 3:15 p.m., Awesome Robb, will entertain the crowd with absurd magic tricks and crazy juggling antics. For each book you purchase, a percentage of the sale goes directly towards funding new books for the Burbank School library.
• Belmont Public Library's LEGO Club for Kindergarteners through students in third grade will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Assembly Room. Drop in anytime. Members will be creating their own unique LEGO structures. All LEGOs will be provided.
• Internationally-renowned clinical psychologist, school consultant, and Harvard Medical School instructor Catherine Steiner-Adair will discuss her new book, "The Big Disconnect" and provide guidance on protecting childhood and the family in the digital age at the Belmont Day School, 55 Day School Lane, on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Contact Tobey Fossey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-932-3891 for more information. Sponsored by Belmont Day School's Ko Family and Wellesley Toyota Speaker Series.
• Office hours for State Sen. Will Brownsberger will take place Monday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library's Claflin Room.