Festival Of Trees At Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday

Festival Of Trees At Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday

Vendor Sue Souza, along with all of the vendors will donate an item for the raffle. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Vendor Ambercare will offer a gift basket with more than a dozen items. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Executive Director

This year, you can attend a wonderful holiday gift fair, supporting a great cause and helping small, home-based businesses, all at the same time.

The Festival of Trees returns to the Betty Ehart Senior Center 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday. The event includes pictures with Santa, a silent auction of more than 80 items, and a mini mall featuring handmade items, a raffle with a variety of chances to win, live music, a poinsettia sale, and snacks and drinks to purchase, as you meander through the two levels of festive fun.

Vendor opportunities include: Cholla crosses, paper and wood projects, jewelry, gift baskets and more.

Headed somewhere for the holidays? You can pick up a basket of New Mexico treats for the guest. Do you need teacher gift items, as a thank you heading into the Thanksgiving break? We’ll have purchases available that range from $2-6.

“I have been crafting my entire life,” Sue Souza said, one local vendor, “from Junior Achievement in high school to sewing projects, Craft Peddlers in Arizona, and now Designs by Sue. My greatest accomplishment was being able to help the community with Stay Safe Masks during the pandemic.”

You know the stories about the woman selling hundreds of masks, right from her own porch, well she’ll be there. Rumor also has it, that she has made a mask just for Santa!

Her work now includes post it note holders, lists, journals, drawing pads for kids, and gift card holders, and magnets. She priced gifts for everyone in your life including neighbors, delivery people, home helpers, personal shoppers, hair stylists, friends, family members, and the item you can keep on hand, when you need an idea fast.

If you don’t want to spend a lot, how about an ornament for $1.00 or a chance to win some really nice prizes, also for just a dollar. You have a chance to win, and the two organizations benefit all ages from kids to our community elders.

LARSO quilters will have hundreds of handmade and knitted items for your viewing pleasure. This group creates beautiful projects all year long and gives the community a chance to give a gift that will be treasured for years to come. They continue to give through the holiday season, providing a happier holiday for community elders.

The programs thank four major contributors to the silent auction: Louise Hassman, Linda Hoffman, Kay Burick, Chris Juveland and more. This year Ambercare, Egis Home Care, the Memory Care Alliance and more, are helping to spread the cheer with their silent auction donations.

Admission is a food pantry item, that can be left at either entry, allowing us to help seniors on the spot. Breakfast items are the most popular, followed by cocoa, teas, small lotions, candies and gifts for pets too. Some special requests have included paper products like paper towels, napkins and bathing products. The center will also host a Be A Santa for a Senior tree. The gift wishes include $4 transportation tokens, $5 hot lunch tickets, $10 pharmacy gift cards from Smiths, books, puzzles, blankets, nice soaps, lotions, gift sets, gift bags or gift wrap.

Vendor Egis Homecare will offer some Snowpals. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

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