Santa’s reindeer will also make an appearance, and children will be able to visit with them. The entire family will also be able to enjoy train rides. A craft area designed for children ages 3-11 will be set up. For $2, Santa Claus will be available for pictures with children eager to tell him their Christmas wishes. In addition, a variety of vendors will be selling unique and special holiday items. For information call (562) 863-4896. Tour historic holiday homes WHITTIER – The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation is presenting the 2007 Holiday Home Tour featuring three unique historic homes decorated for the holidays. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today patrons will be able to view the homes, indulge in holiday shopping, view art for sale and savor hot chocolate, coffee and spiced cider. Tickets are $25 at the door of the first home on the tour. For information call (562) 464-3360. Bid for symphony soloists begins WHITTIER – Applications to participate in the Rio Hondo Symphony’s Young Artists Competition on Feb. 2 are now available. Categories accepted this year are voice and strings. The winners in each category will perform as soloists at the free finale of the symphony’s 75th Diamond Jubilee on April 13. Each winner will also receive a $1,500 cash prize; the runner-up in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. The contest is limited to the first 25 eligible musicians. String players through age 26 and vocalists through age 30 at the time of the contest are eligible. All contestants must be either California residents or students attending a California university, college or school, or studying with a private California music teacher. Applications must be submitted with a $50 nonrefundable fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope, postmarked no later than Jan. 4. To apply, visit www.riohondosymphony.org. For information or applications, call (562) 631-5262. Enter Christmas decoration contest SANTA FE SPRINGS – Join your neighbors in celebrating the holiday season and enter your home in this year’s Christmas Home Decorating Contest. The judging committee will tour the city at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. If you would like to enter your home in the contest, you can enter one of two ways. You can use the online entry form at www.santafesprings.org. by downloading and printing it and taking it to either the City Hall receptionist or the City Clerk’s Office. You can also pick up an entry form at either location. For information call the City Clerk’s Office at 868-0511, Ext. 7314. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station will hold its annual 10K Mug Run today. The event is open to the public and law enforcement. Sheriff’s officials said it promotes physical fitness plus lets the public and station personnel meet. Registration begins at 7 a.m. today and the run starts at 8 a.m. in front of the station at 6631 Passons Blvd. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt to all participants. Medals are awarded to the top three runners in each age group. Enjoy snow and tree lighting SANTA FE SPRINGS – Join the city of Santa Fe Springs at its Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 3-8 p.m. today at the Town Center Green, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of holiday activities to enjoy, including a winter play area with tons of real snow for children to build snowmen and experience winter life.