Toy and food drive: Our Foundation for Children is collecting unwrapped toys for ages 7-15 and nonperishable food items for its annual toy and food drive event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at 5630 Phillips St. For more information, visit www.ourfoundationforchildren.org or call Clair Lane at 704-236-8945.
Winter tales: The University City Regional Library, 301 East. W.T. Harris Blvd., will host a family story time from 11-11:45 a.m. Dec. 4 that includes books, songs and movement. Details: 704-416-7200.
Evening with Santa: The University City YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road, will host an evening with Santa from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Crafts, performances by the University City YMCA’s performing arts dancers, food and a visit from Santa Claus. Free. RSVP to Jenny Griffes at 704-716-6780 or email@example.com.
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MLK award nominations: The city is asking for nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award. Nominations are due by Dec. 5. It is the city’s highest recognition to honor the Martin Luther King holiday. The winner will be chosen for promoting Kings’ ideals. Submit forms at http://crc.charmeck.org, or call Terry Bradley at 704-336-5271.
Chorale and orchestra concert: The University Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. Tickets $4 for students, $6 for general admission. Details: 704-687-1849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Nativity Festival: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 6-8 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7036 McIlwaine Road. Details: www.nativityfestival.com.