The 15th Annual Festival of Trees is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo
Felix Blom spends time with Santa Clause at a previous event. Courtesy photo
Volunteers are already busy at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and will continue throughout the week preparing for the big day Saturday, Nov. 17. On that day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row, will be a buzz with activity as the 15th Annual Festival of Trees comes to its spectacular finale.
LARSO volunteers have been hard at work organizing donations of wreaths, trees and other holiday items – it’s looking very festive at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The finale fun includes free photos with Santa, a collection of food for the community and craft fair vendors like; the LARSO quilting and knitting groups, Arlene Merayo, Mary Edgett, Nelson George, Jeanne Adkins and others.
The musical stylings of Frances Meier, Ruth Williamson and Ronaele Freestone will fill the great room, while shoppers stroll through sale items, possibly purchasing and partaking of cocoa or hot cider, along with cookies donated by Chartwells Catering.
Los Alamos MainStreet, Pig and Fig Café, Film Festival, Hot Rocks Java and Chartwells Food Services are project partners, celebrating this 15th annual event.
A MainStreet small grants project has allowed for funding to promote the event, which has been used to highlight a new addition for 2018. Nov. 17, residents can show any receipt from a local business dated Nov. 1 through Nov. 17 and earn a chance to win a gift certificate from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Those receipts can also include ones from the Arts Council Craft Fair at Los Alamos Middle School on the very same day.
The day of fundraising is at hand to benefit two local non-profit programs. The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) will raise funds for youth and senior programs, including cards for troops and the Community Asset Awards, which kick off in November as another way to demonstrate being thankful.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to grow the visibility of our senior centers within and outside our community,” Boncella said. “As well as building our programs and services.”
The festival is a great opportunity for families to visit the center and see all of the programs and opportunities available to those over 50 years of age. Poinsettias will fill the upper level as an additional sale item, always available in red and occasionally in various colors to compliment holiday decorations.
The day also includes a raffle with tickets for $1 each or six for $5, for a chance to win prizes.
Vendors from the craft fair each donate one item to be raffled off, with two special items as the grand prizes for the 2018 season. A hand beaded holiday art piece of Santa by LARSO member and dedicated volunteer, Florence Riebe and one holiday tree will be the last two items drawn that day.
Direct questions about donating items, programs or the festival to 505.662.8920.