DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Cell to Street Ministry Outreach will host its annual Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec. 12. If you would like to donate food items, such as holiday desserts or beverages, please call Calvin Dube at 207-333-9247. Thank you!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Santa Claus has made an appearance at a church in Lisbon Falls in the past where the children can have breakfast and have their photos taken. Will that happen again this year? Thank you. — Kids looking forward to seeing Santa.

ANSWER: Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Lisbon United Methodist Church, 14 School St., Lisbon Falls. This will be a free pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus for local children and their families. Children can have their picture taken with Santa “before he gets really busy with toy deliveries.” Although admission is free, good-will donations will be accepted. For more information, contact [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS:  There is an old mansion that gets decorated for the holidays each year and it is open to the public. Do you know when this will be? Thanks. — No Name, No Town.

ANSWER: You didn’t mention what town, and there may be others, but Sun Spots knows of three mansions that hold open houses during the holidays. One is the Victoria Mansion at 109 Danforth St., Portland. The mansion is open daily for tours from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 3. It is not open on Christmas or New Year’s Day. Various rates of admission are charged at the door. For more information contact, [email protected]

The second mansion that gets all decorated for the holidays and hosts an open house is the Foss Mansion at 19 Elm St., Auburn. The mansion’s “Winter Splendor Open House” will take place from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact [email protected]

The third mansion is the Dr. Moses Mason House at 14 Broad St., Bethel. The open house will be from 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. For more information, call 207-824-2908. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served and seasonal harp music provided.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Good morning! I want to thank two lovely ladies who paid it forward last night at the Chick-A-Dee restaurant. My husband and I were celebrating our 19th anniversary and they paid for our dinner. How nice and unexpected. We thanked them and I gave them a big hug. So thank you again from a couple in Hebron.

I read your column every day and enjoy learning so many interesting facts. Thank you for what you do for all of us and Happy Thanksgiving to all. — Karen via email.

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