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One stop shop for a holiday tree

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Auction > Benefits Los Alamos youth, senior programs

By Bernadette Lauritzen

If you want to be ready for the holidays, but just don’t have the time or patience to get things done, then there is one event that can save you time, money and do a good deed for many.
The event is the Festival of Trees, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
The annual event is one stop shopping for trees, wreaths, quilts, ornaments, baked goods and of course, shopping.
The idea behind the event is the largest silent auction this town has ever seen used to benefit senior and youth programs in and around Los Alamos.
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is filling to the brim with holiday trees, in all sizes shapes and colors to fit any décor.
“Toys in the Attic,” by Annie Bard, manager of the White Rock Senior Center includes wooden ornaments donated by Romayne Betts and some from Annie’s collection,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, LARSO Director. “There is also a pair of antique wooden shoes at the base of the tree. The tree sprouts out of a reproduction antique trunk.”
There are all varieties of themes for the year including sports and toy themes. “There’s also a very charming, ‘Santa’s Clothesline,’ tree donated by the RSVP quilters,” Powell Schneider said.
The entry to the Festival of Trees is some simple canned goods, non-perishable items like granola bars, fruit snacks and soups.
The event includes free pictures taken with Santa and a holiday market with a variety of vendors offering their holiday wares.
“We have several jewelry vendors as well as locals selling handmade clothing, winter hats/scarves, pet items, pottery, coffee cozies, hair bows and more,” Powell Schneider said. “Cy Jakubowski, is back with beautiful stain glass items. Our RSVP quilters have pillows, children’s socks; baby quilt/bib sets and, of course quilts.”
Now while the staff believes people should come for the ooh’s and ahhhs, they can also come enjoy live music as they stroll through the trees and the boutique. Local musicians Winnie Berry, Tom Oliphant, Frances Meier and Greg Schneider will perform to benefit two great community programs and benefitting local artists that are selling the work of their hands.
Questions can be directed to the BESC at 662-8920. 

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