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SOLEDAD — Soledad-Mission Chamber of Commerce presents its 37th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Front Street festivities begin at 2 p.m. with games, food booths and entertainment, followed by the parade at 5 p.m. on Front Street. There will also be pictures with Santa as well as entertainment on the main stage. For questions, call Pauline at 831-678-3379.


KING CITY — The Stage Hands will present “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a live radio play (readers theater). Come see the show on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., at the King City Recreation Center on Division Street. The Stage Hands are happy to be performing again after no shows for two-and-a-half years. For tickets, call 831-320-1119 or stop by Sol Treasures at 519 Broadway St. in King City.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has announced the addition of veterans in the group eligible to verify discount transit fares online and instantly link a contactless credit/debit card. Until today, seniors (age 65-plus) and MST Courtesy Card holders were the only groups able to verify eligibility for a discount and link that discount to a Visa or Mastercard. Facilitated by the California Integrated Travel Project (Cai-ITP), the Cai-ITP Benefits tool now allows veterans to link their discount eligibility to their bank card and be able to tap into MST’s veterans discount fare right away — the discount is instantly applied to the card. Every time the registered card is used to Tap to Ride on an MST fixed route bus, passengers will receive the discount fare benefit. When the same linked card is used to pay the discount fare, passengers can also enjoy fare capping, where they will pay no more than $3 per day, $10 per week or $35 per month when using the same card.


KING CITY — King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s 24th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade is set for Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. in downtown King City. This year’s theme is “Toy Trains and Candy Canes,” and the parade will start at Mildred Avenue before heading down Broadway Street to the Town Square. Santa will be at the Plaza after the parade, along with vendor booths and entertainment.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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