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Posted: November 8, 2008 8:44 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.
 
I know, I know... it was a shock to the season to walk into several retail stores around town the day after Halloween and see Christmas trees in full bulb-blazing glory. I’m not trying to give you sleepless nights, but Christmas is merely 46 days away!

Festival of Trees

This year the Festival of Trees to benefit the SCV Boys and Girls Club will be open to the public one day only — from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Valencia. Tickets are $5 each, and a $1 off coupon can be obtained at www.scvfestivaloftrees.org.

The event will feature displays of elaborately decorated trees created by professional designers and other talented individuals. Some trees will be packaged or displayed with other special gifts and each will be for sale at the Festival.

Santa will also be on hand during the day to pose for pictures. Bring your camera and take you own photos (suggested donation of $2), or have our professional photographer take photos for you for $5.

The kids can also enjoy magic shows.

The Magic of the Lights Gala party will be held 6 p.m. to midnight and will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live entertainment from Caesar and his Jazz Quartet, a live auction of the trees, dancing and more.
Visitors to the Festival will also have an opportunity to shop for holiday centerpieces, wreaths and gingerbread houses and items in the holiday boutique. Festival co-chairs are Jeri and Carl Goldman.

Want to play the oldies?
A rock ‘n roll oldies band (1960s, 1970s and 1980s) is looking for a lead guitarist and a bass player. If interested, contact: Carlos (661) 510-7299 or John (661) 714-5485. I’ve been told that both these guys love music and had a band in the past (Taylor Made) and are anxious to perform again. It sounds like fun to me!

Hunger Defense Fund
Imagine opening your cupboard and there’s no cereal for your children’s breakfast. You have peanut butter for their lunch but no jelly. As dinnertime rolls around you search high and low for a can of soup or tuna or anything you can find to feed your family.

This is a reality for many SCV families. It’s also a reality for Hunger Defense Fund. As the economy continues to struggle, more and more people are seeking assistance to feed their families. Hunger Defense Fund, a non-profit 501(c)3 charity, experienced a 41 percent increase in the number of families served January-July 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.

Donations have been drastically low the food supplies have diminished. Your help is needed now.
Current needs include: Cereal, Ramen noodles, tuna, evaporated milk, individual juice boxes, sugar, flour, salt, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables, crackers, soups, canned chili, canned beans, and side dishes such as instant potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc. Personal hygiene items and baby supplies such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers and wipes are also gratefully accepted.

Hunger Defense Fund has food collection barrels available to deliver to your school, business, church, or other organization and will gladly pick them up at the end of your food drive. Every can and every dollar helps.

Call Hunger Defense Fund at (661) 299-9273 to donate or for information on volunteer opportunities or visit www.hungerdefensefund.org.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor of The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at mbuttelman@the-signal.com.

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