Diana Ingram: A tree for all of our town

By Diana IngramDecember 9, 2011 

I hope you will come Saturday and Sunday to the Ted Falasco Arts Center and enjoy the Christmas Market. You will be able to look at the talented results of many vendors offering homemade items and one-of-a-kind gifts, as well as yummy treats, decorations and entertainment.

This special event has been planned by Robin Poworksi, Linda Brown, McKenzie Hopkins, Debra Owens and me. It was our dream to create an old-fashioned family atmosphere where local vendors could sell reasonably priced items, homemade goodies, and children could make holidays crafts and even write letters to Santa. We dreamed of an event that would include all generations and aspects of our great community.

That dream expanded to entertainment from St. Joseph, St. Albans and the United Methodist churches, Pacheco High, Los Banos Junior High and local residents -- even the Mayor.

My big dream was a community Christmas tree. We had such a great response that it became two trees.

We wanted to encourage the entire community to join in decorating one tree, symbolizing the unity of our Los Banos. The response has been touching. The trees are beautiful!

The Mayor will pull two lucky numbers Sunday after his reading of The Night Before Christmas. Among items for sale is a book telling the true origins of Christmas symbols by Fr. Barry of New Bethany Church, and some of my poems matted and framed.

So many helped us make the Community Tree a reality that I want to thank each one. The list is too for this space.

Birthday balloons

Belated happy 17th wishes to Shelby Gundry. ... A special happy birthday wish to Angelica Foreman, who is sweet, loving and has heart of gold. I will write about Gene and Christine Brandi's birthdays next week. Happy December birthdays to Christopher Foxworthy, Debi Latu, Sherry Pearson, Priscilla Whitaker, Evelyn Carmo, Alexia Muniz, Ann Simmons, Bill Tucker, Alfonso Muinz, Juli Rice, Annalee Scott and Lynn Martin.

Anniversary bells

Happy December wedding anniversaries to Bill & Debbi Tucker, Ed & Suzanne Kosters, Ray & Carol Rickson, Roland & Helen Brubaker, and Hans & Susan Younce.

Kingsview wraps

Lonnie Canada says you can get gifts wrapped at Kingview, 703 I Street, for a donation. Until Dec. 21, they wrap Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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