Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - November 4, 2011

Get in the holiday spirit at Christmas Tree Lane

Enjoy fabulous decorations plus a chance to win them

ValleyCare Charitable Foundation volunteers are turning the Palm Event Center into Christmas Tree Lane 2011 -- At the North Pole, a holiday wonderland with events for the entire family from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19.

A drawing on the last day will decide where each gorgeously decorated Christmas tree will go for the holidays. The event also includes silent auction gift baskets, a holiday boutique, gourmet fare and a visit with Santa:

* 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 -- Wonderland Family Stroll. Enjoy holiday treats, and children can shop for their parents in Santa's Secret Shop. Photos with Santa and a gift boutique will be available. Adult tickets are $15 each, $10 for children.

* 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 -- Tinsel and Christmas Teas, a chance to preview the sparkling Christmas trees, bid on unique silent auction gift baskets, get a jump start on Christmas shopping and purchase chance-drawing tickets for the trees and spectacular china table setting. Tea tickets are $35 per person.

* 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 -- Silent Night Soiree, featuring a silent auction of gift baskets, sit-down dinner, no-host cocktails and dancing to a DJ for $75.

* Saturday, Nov. 19 -- Silver Bells Luncheon with tickets at $85. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for guests to enjoy the wonderland of lights and colors; visit the "Merry Gentlemen" to purchase drawing tickets for the trees; enjoy gourmet holiday fare and entertainment with friends, visit the holiday boutique and place bids on silent auction gift baskets.

Drawing tickets for the trees and the Christmas china table setting will be sold at all events and will be drawn at the Silver Bells Luncheon on Saturday. Winners need not be present. Trees are delivered within the Tri-Valley the week following Thanksgiving.

Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program that ValleyCare offers to assist newly diagnosed patients through the screening, diagnosis and treatment process. Christmas Tree Lane 2011 will also benefit the ValleyCare Emergency Room Expansion, which includes enlarging the waiting room and building a covered ambulance entrance.

To participate or to purchase tickets, call the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation at 373-4560, or visit www.valleycare.com/fundraisingevents.

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