By The Daily Item
— The following calendar involves locally based events for this weekend that are geared towards children and their families
-- Lap-Sit Story Time/Lewisburg A special story time for babies up to one-year-old and their parents or caregivers held at 11 a.m. at The Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd. More information, 523-1172.
-- STORY TIME/McEwensville Preschool story time begins at 11 a.m. at Montgomery House Warrior Run Area Public Library, 20 Church St. For preschoolers ages newborn to age 5. November’s theme is Being Thankful.
-- STORY HOUR/Milton Story hour with Emma the dog, for preschoolers, held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Milton Public Library, 541 Broadway. No fee. More information, 742-7111.
--TGIF/Milton The TGIF program at Milton YMCA held for youth in second through fifth grades from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Event features dodgeball, swimming, games, and more. Cost is $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Children not permitted to attend without a completed registration form, including contact phone number, parent/guardian signature, and a current photo. Information, Rob Moyer, 742-7321.
-- STORY TIME/Northumberland Preschool story time begins at 10:30 a.m. at Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library. Program is designed for children ages 3 to 5. Children listen to stories, create crafts, and have fun while learning about authors and illustrators, old and new. More information, 473-8201.
--CHRISTMAS PARADE/Williamsport The 63rd annual Billtown Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. and steps off from the starting line at West Third Street and Elmira Street. Parade features floats, marching bands, clowns and costumed characters, dance teams and marching groups, The Hershey park characters make a return appearance in the holiday kick-off. Leading the flotilla will be the giant candy cane balloon. More information, 327-7510.
--SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES/Buckhorn Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 11 a.m. at Columbia Mall. Also special entertainment. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa from Nov. 17 through Dec. 24. For hours and prices, visit www.columbiamall.com or call 387-4909.
--TRAINS/Danville The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, corner of Pine and East Market streets, is open from 10 a.m. to noon with its “talking train,” the Amtrak “Pennsylvanian,” among the dozens of trains children and adults can play with. More than 1,000 icicle lights decorate the display.
--SANTA’s ARRIVAL/Hummels Wharf The annual Santa arrival celebration begins at 9 a.m. at Susquehanna Valley Mall. In addition to Santa Claus arriving to ring in the holidays, the mall hosts the 34th annual holiday parade featuring strolling characters, high school bands, whimsical floats, and two special performances by Bob the Builder at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Boscov’s Court. Also, Kris Kringle himself available for professional photos at his forest home, where he will be located throughout the holiday season. Even family pets are invited to pose for a photo with Santa, alone or with the family, on Monday evenings starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 through Dec. 17.
--SLIPPERS & STORIES/Laurelton A Slippers and Stories program begins at 10 a.m. at West End Library. Preschoolers and early elementary-school children invited to join in the fun of puppets and stories while in the comfort of their pajamas and slippers. Bring favorite stuffed animal. More information, 922-4773.
--DADDY Story Time/Lewisburg Daddy story time begins at 10 a.m. at The Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd. Children of all ages and the special men in their lives are invited. Stories, activities and crafts. More information, 523-1172.
--World Peace DaY Story Time/Mifflinburg The Lucky Clovers 4-H Club of New Berlin presents a special story time in celebration of World Peace Day at 10 a.m. at Herr Memorial Library, 500 Market St. For children ages 4 to 7. More information, 966-0831.
--TEEN CENTER/Milton The Jungle Teen Center open from 7 to 10 p.m. for the middle school age group. Center is located at the Milton Moose Family Center, 139 S. Front St. Snack bar, pool tables, air-hockey, X-Box, Wii. Also a DJ, live entertainment and a dance floor area. All programs and events supervised by an adult volunteer committee. The Jungle Teen Center is affiliated with TIME — The Improved Milton Experience and Youth Service America.
--CRAFT PROGRAM/Northumberland Nifty Gifties held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library. Attendees will design crafts to give as holiday gifts. Children ages 3 through teen are invited. Sign-up by calling 473-8201.
--STORY TIME/Sunbury Toddler story time, for children ages 1 and 2, begins at 10 a.m. in the community room of Degenstein Community Library. Includes music and movement, play and book sharing.
--TRAIN DISPLAY/Buckhorn To greet the arrival of Santa Claus this weekend, the Loose Ties Model Railroad Society opens its huge free operating display of more than 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track from noon to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Mall.