Holiday trees bring festive cheer

"It is a big collaborative community event," said Rafalik. "I think it is great that local organizations can come together and put on such a growing event."

There will also be some trees raffled off, so people get a chance to bring home one of the trees to show off during the holidays. In addition there will be some Christmas wreaths for sale. Umbrella of the Capital district, who is the third sponsor of the event, will be making some holiday houses out of candy, which will also be raffled off.

"We try to do it early enough in the year so that people aren't totally involved in all the Christmas activities," said Rafalik.

She also said the event helps bring people into the YWCA that might not normally visit and allows people to learn about the activities offered and the services provided.

"For us it is a nice way to get the community into our building," said Rafalik. "It also does open up our doors to other people who may have not seen the YW."

There will also be an open house in addition to normal showing hours at both locations on Dec. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., which will include refreshments and live music to celebrate the event.

"Really it is probably going to be the largest one we had yet," said Mahoney about the event.

The admission fee for the Festival of Trees, which includes both buildings, is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6 to12 years old and children 5 years old and younger are free. The date and showing times are planned to be as follows: Nov. 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m.; Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 5, noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.schist.org or call 374-0263.""

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