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Eat some flapjacks with Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus are ready to help celebrate Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, with proceeds going to benefit the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center.

Not often do you get the chance to do breakfast with the big man himself, so planners of the "Breakfast with Santa" event are hoping lots of people seize the opportunity.

Breakfast with Santa is happening this Sunday at M State, with all proceeds going to benefit the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center.

"It's that time of the year. You have to get yourself in the proper holiday mind," said Kathy Michaelson, who is on the fundraising committee for the crisis center, "It is the time of giving and loving, and what a better thing to do than to not only enjoy yourself, but to support something that gives real worthwhile opportunities to children in our area."

Flippin' cakes and frying up sausages will be event mastermind Tim Zastrow and his team of volunteers.

"He came up with this idea three years ago," explained Michaelson, "Our city does great things for the holiday, but there wasn't anything like this."

The breakfast itself is $5 for adults, $3 for children or $12 dollars for a family. There will also be a free will donation set up.

Jolly Old St. Nick and his lovely wife, Mrs. Claus, will be on hand to take requests.

"They're the real deal -- no fake beards; they're fantastic," Michaelson said, adding that parents can bring cameras to take photos of their children on Santa's lap as well.

"And in the past Mrs. Claus has made homemade gingerbread men and handed them out to the kids, too," said Michaelson.

There will be a bake sale put on by the Crisis Center staff and board, and a raffle will also be set up for $1 a ticket or 10 for $5.

"We have this lady who just moved to Detroit Lakes not so long ago, and she has graciously donated some collectibles," said Michaelson, "a collectible Christmas Barbie and a Charlie Brown/Snoopy with his signature little Charlie Brown tree -- they're adorable."

Adding holiday ambiance to the event is local musician Dave Herzog, who will be doing Christmas music on his island steel drums.

"He told me one time that there is nothing more beautiful than 'Silent Night' on steel drums, and I believe it," said Michaelson.

New to the breakfast this year will be vendor tables, so attendees can not only fill their bellies, but their Christmas shopping bags as well.

"Lots of times folks think 'Breakfast with Santa? Must be for kids.' No, no, no," said Michaelson, "Many adults come, have breakfast, listen to the music and enjoy the atmosphere. And now with the vendors there's even more of a draw to come."

Michaelson says the event is not only fun, but it's a chance to help children and adults in our area who've been mistreated.

And although they're not short of volunteers for this event, she says they're always looking for volunteers to be on the fundraising committee.

"We always want new ideas and new folks," said Michaelson, "but pretty much what we want this weekend is big smiles, a holiday sprit and to come out and support this great event."

Breakfast with Santa goes from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at M State's cafeteria.

To reserve a vendor spot (which is free, but a donation to the event is welcome) call Patty Mollberg at 847-6841.