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Charleen Mailand, Joyce Bank, Louise Warnsholz

Charleen Mailand (pointing, at left), Joyce Bank and Louise Warnsholz discuss trees decorated by various Lincoln organizations at the 2017 Holiday of Trees event at Westminster Presbyterian Church. See below for details of this year’s Nov. 29-30 event.

Nov. 23-25 – Starry Nights Christmas Tree Festival & Gala

Kick off the holiday season at this eighth-annual event at Speedway Village, 345 Speedway Circle. The festival features 20 designer-decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and churches, and is People’s City Mission’s largest community event and fundraiser. It includes a children’s workshop with creative crafts and activities, free holiday treats, live entertainment and pictures with Santa. Festival attendees can bid on the trees, purchase wreaths and enter raffles. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. The holiday celebration wraps up Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. with the Starry Nights Gala, a formal-attired evening for adults with dinner, silent auction, live music and tree auction. Tickets and more details: pcmlincoln.org/starry-nights or call 402-475-1303.

Nov. 29-30 – Holiday of Trees

The 46th annual Holiday of Trees event will display more than 20 trees decorated by community members and organizations at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd. Includes live performances by local musicians, Santa Claus from 5-7 p.m. each day, Mrs. Santa throughout the day, homemade food, a café and a raffle. Proceeds benefit Operation Veterans Encouraging Recovery (OVER). Admission $1/person at the door. More details: Peg Connealy, 402-450-0595 or pconnealy@me.com; Janet Domeier, domeier@inebraska.com or 402-429-9286; or Jyce Genoways, 402-488-5467 or hig511@neb.rr.com.

Dec. 2 – Holiday Run benefit for the Capital Humane Society

For the past 13 years, runners have been lacing up their shoes for a fun jaunt through Pioneers Park with their four-legged running buddies to benefit the Capital Humane Society. This 10 a.m. event includes a 1-mile fun run and 5K. Festive attire is encouraged. All funds raised support the pets in CHS’s adoption program by providing food and medication while they wait for their forever homes. Sign up at lincolnrun.org.

Dec. 2 – St. Michael’s Christmas Home Tour

This tour of homes features four beautifully decorated homes in the Wilderness Ridge neighborhood, opening their doors from 2-6 p.m. for visitors to enjoy their Christmas décor and other interior design elements. Details/tickets: Jennymedinger@hotmail.com or (402) 202-6979.

See additional events listed in “local happenings” on page 32.

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