Festival of Trees tickets on sale Saturday
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Kringlekin Elves Made In America is one of the trees that were decorated and auctioned off at the 2012 Festival of Trees in Port Angeles.

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PORT ANGELES — Tickets for the North Olympic Peninsula Festival of Trees Teddy Bear Tea and Gala will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The festival will be at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., on Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1.

Tickets will be available at Sassy Kat Hair Salon, 105 E. First St., for the festival, Teddy Bear Tea, gala and for three other events that comprise the event: Family Days Breakfast, Family Days and Home for the Holidays, an all-class Port Angeles High School reunion.

After Saturday, tickets will be available only at the Olympic Medical Center Foundation office at 928 Caroline St., Port Angeles.

“If people want to go to either of the Teddy Bear Teas that are held on Friday of the event, we advise them to get their tickets as early as they can on Saturday,” said Bruce Skinner, OMC Foundation executive director.

“Often, they sell out in a little more than an hour.”

Starting Monday, people also can purchase tickets by phoning the OMC Foundation office at 360-417-7144.

Three-day fundraiser

Now in its 23rd year, the annual event is a three-day fundraiser for the OMC Foundation and the Port Angeles Exchange Club.

Elaborately decorated Christmas trees and wreaths created by some of the area's best designers are featured during the event, organizers said.

This year, 58 trees and some 50 wreaths by volunteer designers will be on display.

Each tree comes with a number of presents, ranging from trips to televisions and other premiums.

They will be auctioned off at the winter-themed Festival of Trees Gala and Auction on Nov. 29.

New events

New this year is the all-class Port Angeles High School men's and woman's basketball tournament at the high school gym at 304 E. Park Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by an all-class PAHS reunion at 7:30 p.m. at the Vern Burton Community Center.

“This event will allow alumni to get together while viewing the fabulous trees of the festival,” Skinner said.

Both alumni and present students of Port Angeles High can play in the tournament, said Skinner.

The games will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Teams must pre-register with the OMC Foundation by phoning 360-417-7144 or going by the office.

Twenty teams had registered as of Thursday.

“We have teams right now from the class of 1965 through 2009,” Skinner said.

It's a double elimination tournament, so each team will play at least two games.

The $10 fee for playing in the tournament also provides admission to the reunion that night.

Otherwise, admission to the reunion will be $20.

Also new is the opening-up of the traditional Holiday Senior Breakfast to the whole family.

Here is the schedule, with ticket prices:

Friday, Nov. 29

■ Teddy Bear Tea — 10 a.m. and noon. The tea, for parents and children, will feature visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and refreshments. It is sponsored by Swain's Family Foundation. Tickets are $8 each.

■ Festival of Trees Gala — 5:30 p.m. The gala will feature a buffet dinner, tree auction, silent auction and dancing to live music. It is sponsored by Sequim Health and Rehabilitation. Tickets are $95.

Saturday, Nov. 30

■ Family Days Breakfast — 8 a.m. The sit-down breakfast is sponsored by Avamere Rehabilitation of Sequim. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. A limited number will be available at the door.

■ All-Class Port Angeles High School Men's and Woman's Basketball Tournament — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tournament is at the high school gym at 304 E. Park Ave.

■ Family Days — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public can view decorated trees and wreaths. Musical entertainment, a puppet show, crafts, games and photos with Santa will be available, as well as a raffle. Tickets are $5 each, with children younger than 8 admitted free.

■ “Home For The Holidays” — 8 p.m. The All Class Port Angeles High School Reunion will feature a dance and auction. Tickets — $20 for those who did not compete in the basketball tournament — will be available at the door.

Sunday, Dec. 1

■ Family Days — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See above entry for details.

For more information, contact the OMC Foundation.

Last modified: November 08. 2013 12:40AM
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