BY BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
The Festival of Trees returns to a pre-Covid atmosphere this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center
The fundraiser benefits two non-profit organizations. The first, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, operates the Betty Ehart and the White Rock Senior Center. The centers welcome members at the age of 50, with a cost of $20 annually. Once seniors turn 60, a world of possibilities opens up to them, at no cost.
The second organization, Champions of Youth Ambitions, hosts the local Community Assets Awards, science education in elementary classrooms with Chad the Sci Guy, and sending mail to active-duty military members across the world.
The weekend event will include a mini mall with a variety of vendors, for those shopping for holiday gifts.
The highlight of the day will be pictures with Santa. While Santa has confirmed his attendance, we ask that visitors don masks for the photo shoot, to keep Santa safe, with his busy schedule ahead. The senior center will have lots of free masks and sanitizer free for all. You can reserve a time by calling (505) 662-8920, pictures are free, but donations are welcome.
A raffle is available with tickets just $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, sold at both centers starting Monday. The items include; one fully decorated tree, plus a chance to win a donated item, from every vendor. You need not be present to win and winners will be called next Monday.
More than 80 items are available through silent auction, which is open to the public all week long.