Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo are decking the halls of the Finnup Center in preparation for a new holiday event. "Tails in Tinseltown" is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, and includes breakfast in Mrs. Claus' Parlor, Christmas train rides, a children's craft and a meet-and-greet with Old Saint Nick.

Local businesses and organizations are invited to a community tree trim. Interested sponsors may request a sponsorship form from the Friends' office and then decorate an artificial Christmas tree from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Finnup Center. If this date does not work, contact the Friends' office to make other arrangements.

Trees will remain on display in the Finnup Center for the duration of the holiday season. Guests can view the trees as they are showcased during the "Tails in Tinseltown" event and during the Finnup Center's regular hours of 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Christmas d├ęcor may be picked up 1 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 2014. Friends will provide the Christmas tree, lights and sponsor signage. Sponsors will need to provide tree trim, ornaments and some holiday creativity. Decorated trees will be judged and the winning group, business or organization will receive a special zoo prize.

Advance passes to the event are $5 per person and are now available at the Finnup Center, at and at Splatterworks, 214 N. Main St. General admission passes will be available at the door for $10 per person the day of the event. Breakfast reservations for Mrs. Claus' Parlor are sold exclusively through the Friends' office, at a cost of $12 per child and $15 per adult for members or $22 per child and $25 per adult for non-members. Reservations can be made for 8 a.m. or 10 a.m.

Admission to all Tinseltown activities is included with breakfast reservations. All breakfast reservations must be made by Dec. 11.

For more information, contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo at 276-6243 or

Yum-Yum Shoppe slated for Dec. 7

The 45th annual Yum-Yum Shoppe will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 710 N. Main St.

A variety of frozen casseroles, crafts and more will be available for sale, with a soup luncheon offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.