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Handmade holiday spirit

Placerita Canyon Nature Center hosts annual fundraiser

Posted: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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Wreath weaving, plaster casting and face painting were among the activities offered Saturday at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center’s annual holiday crafts fair.

The fair is equal parts craft fair and yard sale, offering both donated goods for purchase and the opportunity for attendees to make something themselves.

The event has been held for more than a decade and is a major community outreach and fundraising event for the center, according to Placerita Canyon Nature Center Treasurer Heidi Webber.

Webber has been involved with the event for 16 years and said the center sees anywhere from 500 to 800 attendees over a two-day span.

“The community just loves this event,” Webber said. “They start calling us in August just to make sure we’re going to be here.”

The fair’s crowd featured a mix of new and regular attendees. Castaic resident Lora Walker said this is the 15th or 16th fair she has attended.

Walker makes a wreath at each fair, which she then leaves hanging up at her house “until the next November.”

“You just can’t buy this,” Walker said as she examined her completed wreath. “But coming every year is my little way of trying to help (the center).”

Canyon Country resident Carol Cox was a first-time attendee who brought her two grandchildren to the fair. Cox said the fair was a good way to get in the holiday spirit.

All the proceeds of the event go to the Placerita Canyon Nature Center for animal care and maintenance, according to Webber. The fair is also open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.



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