How will you give back this season? Here’s a local opportunity for “adopting” kids for holiday gifts.

Sandy Springs’ Community Assistance Center’s Adopt-a-Family program enables donors to give gifts to local children of families in need. Your donation of gifts can help a family that has been struggling have a happier holiday season. Families enrolled in the program have received assistance from CAC during the past year.

The CAC is seeking enough donors to provide gifts for 1,200 children this holiday season. Visit the CAC website at ourcac.org to view the list of families for adoption and details of the program.

Pal around with new learning. The 50+ Lunch and Learn programs of PALS will start up again on Mondays beginning Jan. 6 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

Classes will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through March 3.

Look for opportunies for learning more about everything from exercise to singer/songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s, presidents, long term care and Medicare, plus the popular Great Decisions lectures and topics titled Sleuthing With Sherlock and Jane Austen, plus travel, bridge, mahjongg and chess.

For a brochure call PALS at 770-698-0801.

Future doctors have some fun. North Springs science students paired with researchers from the Morehouse school of Medicine last week in a program called “Power It” (Promoting Our Worth as Entrepenures and Researchers in Innovative Technologies).

A project of the National ciences Foundation, the students and researchers dissected fetal pigs to learn more about the human brain. Provided by Morehouse, the dissections provide an animal model with a brain similar in development and anatomy to human brains. The students worked in teams to carefully expose and then remove each pig’s spinal cord and brain.

In January, 9th grade honors biology students and language arts students from North Springs will team up to study a nonfiction work about ethics and genetics.

Solve. Shop. Support. The Tim Redovian Memorial Fund presents its “10th Night at the Theatre and Holiday Boutique Silent Auction,” next Thursday, Dec. 5. Participants will enjoy bidding and dessert from 6:30 - 8 p.m., followed by the Sherlock Holmes-style comedy “Holmes for the Holidays” at the Spruill Arts Center.

More than 50 themed gift baskets and gift certificates will be auctioned to raise funds for the fund that supports young actors. Admission is $35. Call 678-488-6929 to make reservations, or visit timredovian.org.

Hanukkah Hootenanny and more. The Marcus Jewish Community Center will present a host of Hanukkah events for all ages in the coming weeks.

Look for everything from “Vodka and Latkes” for young adults; to “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins,” a family musical, plus a Hanukkah Hottenanny on Dec. 2.

For details, call 678-812-4000.

Artist Market now open. A staple shopping experience for so many on my list, the Spruill Gallery & Gift Shop Holiday Artist Market is now open.

Look for one-of-a-kind gifts at the gallery location at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Market hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The market will be closed on Thanksgiving and will host a family day on Dec. 7 and a jewelry trunk show on Dec. 14.

Call 770-394-4019 for more information.

Listen to some lesser-known Dickens. The Georgia Shakespeare Theater will host a fundraising event featuring storytelling of some of Dickens’ best read by the theater’s actors.

A great way to start the holiday, the Dec. 7 party will be in a private home and open to all donors with a suggested donation of $50 per person.

Call Julie at 404-504-3405 for details and to secure your reservation.

Sister turns 15. Do you recognize this Quinceañera girl?

Sister Moody, a golden retriever, is known by many Dunwoody residents because she walked up and down Mount Vernon and Vermack roads for most of her life.

She is unable to walk that far now, but caretakers thought Crier readers (and Sister fans) would love to know that she just celebrated her 15th birthday.

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