‘Festival Of Trees’ Slated For Nov. 13 At Betty Ehart Senior Center

Lots happening at the Festival of Trees Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center including a visit from Santa Claus, a craft fair, silent auction of trees, wreaths and gifts. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, asks for your patience and understanding, as they attempt their first in-person fundraiser, on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The center does require vaccination for Covid-19, masks, and temperature checks, at the door. Many Covid safe protocols are designed to keep members safe yet still make an attempt to resume normal activities. The event will include; a small craft fair, a large silent auction of trees, wreaths, gifts and a raffle.

Those wishing to donate a hand-made, or store-bought ornament for the CommUNITY tree, may drop them off at either senior center. The “Be a Santa for a Senior,” begins on Monday with small requests for holiday gifts. Donations of spare change or low sodium and sugar non-perishables are requested for their new pantry project as there is no fee for entry.

Santa will be there for the Saturday event with a reservation process implemented this year to allow for social distancing. Unfortunately, masks will be required to allow this 16-year tradition to take place. Since the center can’t allow unvaccinated people in the facility, a special location has been set up to allow photographs. Appointments can be made beginning Monday at 9 a.m. by calling (505) 662-8920.

“We understand that the event won’t look exactly the same as before the pandemic, including the 2 p.m. payment and pick-up, when the event comes to a close,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, LARSO Executive Director. “We ask for patience as we attempt to raise funds for senior programs, as we struggle through the pandemic.”