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Photo gallery: Santa visits Monessen Civic Center, Belle Vernon church

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Scottea John, 3, tries to stack up apples during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013. She was with her mother Dana John of Monessen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Scottea  John, 3, tries to stack up apples during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013. She was with her mother Dana John of Monessen.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Olivia Dunmeyer, 4, whispers a secret to her friend Madison Galilei, 7, during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013. They were with Olivia's grandparents, Kathy and Richard Dunmeyer, of Monessen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Olivia Dunmeyer, 4, whispers a secret to her friend Madison Galilei, 7, during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013. They were with Olivia's grandparents, Kathy and Richard Dunmeyer, of Monessen.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Mrs. Claus looks over the Christmas tree with Deanna Ward, 8, of North Belle Vernon, during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Mrs. Claus looks over the Christmas tree with Deanna Ward, 8, of North Belle Vernon, during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Santa holds 4-month-old Eddie Sepesy as he looks for his mother, Liz Sepesy, of Elizabeth, during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Santa holds 4-month-old Eddie Sepesy as he looks for his mother, Liz Sepesy, of Elizabeth, during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Joey and his dad, Joe Schickel, of Belle Vernon, volunteered to make pancakes during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Joey and his dad, Joe Schickel, of Belle Vernon, volunteered to make pancakes during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Jim Fernce | The valley Independent - Santa gives Ray Gilchrist of Pleasant Hills a gift as his grandmother, Sue Ferguson, of Belle Vernon, holds him during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Fernce | The valley Independent</em></div>Santa gives Ray Gilchrist of Pleasant Hills a gift as his grandmother, Sue Ferguson, of Belle Vernon, holds him during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Church volunteer Don Kremer of Belle Vernon reads during story time at the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Church volunteer Don Kremer of Belle Vernon reads during story time at the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Brandon John, 8, enjoys a hot dog during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013. He was there with his mother, Dana John, of Monessen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Brandon John, 8, enjoys a hot dog during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013. He was there with his mother, Dana John, of Monessen.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Braylon Bassett, 4, was all smiles after he got a stuffed animal during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Braylon was with his grandmother, Angalene Jones, of Monessen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Braylon Bassett, 4, was all smiles after he got a stuffed animal during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  Braylon was with his grandmother, Angalene Jones, of Monessen.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Talan McKinley, 8, and his brother, Christian Kalcevic, 6, try to stack up apples as volunteer Alex Lyons of Perryopolis watches them during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7,2 013. Talan and Christian were with their mother, Angela McKinley, of Donora.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Talan McKinley, 8, and his brother, Christian Kalcevic, 6, try to stack up apples as volunteer Alex Lyons of Perryopolis watches them during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7,2 013. Talan and Christian were with their mother, Angela McKinley, of Donora.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Dylan DeWitt, 7, talks to Santa during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Dylan was with his dad, Geoff DeWitt, of North Belle vernon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Dylan DeWitt, 7, talks to Santa during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Dylan was with his dad, Geoff DeWitt, of North Belle vernon.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Church volunteer Lynne Nickolls of Belle Vernon and her daughter Abby, 4, help gifts that parents were able to pick out for their children during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Church volunteer Lynne Nickolls of Belle Vernon and her daughter Abby, 4, help gifts that parents were able to pick out for their children during the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Danielle Pahanish, Kenney Keyock, Brandy, 4, Nicole, 11, and Casey Keyock, 7, attended the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Danielle Pahanish, Kenney Keyock, Brandy, 4, Nicole, 11, and Casey Keyock, 7, attended the Belle Vernon Christian Center Church Family Fun Day at the Monessen Civic Center on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Aaliyah Rice, 8, Olivia Dunmeyer, 4, Abigail Rhome, 9, and Audrey Rhome, 11, pose for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Aaliyah Rice, 8, Olivia Dunmeyer, 4, Abigail Rhome, 9, and Audrey Rhome, 11, pose for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the 5th annual breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

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By The Valley Independent
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Santa and Mrs. Claus were out and about in the Mon Valley this weekend as the countdown to Christmas Day is underway.

Our roving photographer captured some of the sights Saturday at the fifth annual “Breakfast with Santa” held at the First United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon.

At the Monessen Civic Center, the Christian Center Church in Rostraver Township hosted a “Family Fun Day.”

Through the church outreach program, parents and guardians could select gifts, winter coats, boots, gloves and hats for their children.

The event also featured games, crafts, treats and a food basket giveaway.

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