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Festival of Trees Ushers in Holidays, Supports a Good Cause
Winter is almost here and the holiday spirit is alive across our region. Nowhere is the spirit more contagious than at the annual Festival of Trees event at Centra’s Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center. Trees, wreaths and mantel displays have been decorated and donated by area businesses, decorators, garden clubs, non-profits and individuals, and will be showcased throughout the lobby. The event, which runs Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20, offers two open houses, a gala during which the donated displays will be auctioned, a luncheon and fashion show, and a “chance auction” where bidders can choose their prizes. This is a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season while giving back to your community. Come join us!

Festival of Trees Schedule of Events

Friday, November 18, Open House 5:30-8pm
Saturday, November 19, Luncheon & Fashion Show 12-2pm
Gala & Auction 6-9pm
Sunday, November 20, Open House 12-5pm
Proceeds from the event will benefit United Way of Central Virginia, Forest Rotary Club and Centra Cancer Patient Support Fund. For more information, call (434) 846-8467.

Listen to Stories with Santa
Get into the holiday spirit at the Historic Miller Claytor House at Riverside Park on Saturday, December 3 when Santa arrives to read a story to good little boys and girls. The house will be decorated for the holidays and filled with the aromas of evergreens and Christmas goodies. Santa will read at 1 p.m, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Limited seating is available; reservations are required by November 21. Cost is $5.00 per child. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Lynchburg Historical Foundation Office at (434) 528-5353.

Red Kettles Raise Funds, Hope
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is a visible reminder during the holiday season that we have neighbors and friends who need our help. The iconic red kettles can be seen throughout the area as local citizens, church and civic groups, local government representatives, colleges, and businesses donate their time and resources to make an impact in our community. Proceeds collected in these red kettles help those in financial distress, often by meeting basic needs like food and shelter.

While the Red Kettle Campaign funds the needs of families at Christmas, this help continues after the holiday season. Money raised during this campaign also helps fund emergency shelter, transitional housing and warm meals for homeless and the working poor. The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope provides a transitional living facility and social services to facilitate independent living for the residents. That translates into a “home” for many who find themselves in crisis. With the community’s help, The Salvation Army can help provide not only physical necessities, but hope and transformation as well. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call (434) 845-5939.

Home and Garden Show Offers Something For Everyone
Join Central Virginia HOME for all the best in home and garden improvement, design and more at the Greater Roanoke Home & Garden Show, to be held January 13-15 at the Roanoke Civic Center. This fun-filled, information-packed event offers something for everyone! Enjoy one-stop-shopping: Check out incredible gardens, landscapes and water features, the latest trends in kitchens and baths, and a complete home improvement alley featuring building and remodeling experts…all in one place! It’s everything for your home and garden—even a huge plant sale. Save money: Take advantage of “show only” discounts and pricing, compare prices, talk with experts and attend free DIY seminars. This is your chance to eliminate the middleman and buy directly from the source. Have fun: Shop ‘til you drop for the latest in home accessories in the Art, Gift and Gourmet Center. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings. Bring home your next pet with live pet adoptions. Bring the kids for interactive activities in the Kid Zone. So much to see and do—you can’t do it all in one day! Pay once and come back all weekend. Free parking! Visit for more information, or to exhibit call (877) 663-6186.

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