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"Oak Harbor's second annual Festival of Trees will be held Dec.1, 2 and 3, as a benefit for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Island County and Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse (CADA). The festival features a gala and auction, Teddy Bear Breakfast, and Community Days when lavishly decorated trees will be on show.. The Festival of Trees will be held at the Elk's Lodge in Oak Harbor and is underwritten by Island Thrift.The Festival of Trees is a community celebration that ushers in the holiday season, and supports youth programs all over Island County said event co-chairs Ardy Fragola and Paula Lindemans.Proceeds from the Festival of Trees will help CADA provide counseling, support groups and education programs for abused children, and will assist Big Brothers/Big Sisters in providing one-to-one friendships between an adult volunteer and a boy or girl in need of a positive role model. Last year's festival raised almost $20,000 for each agency.The festival begins with the gala and auction on Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. The evening features live and silent auctions, entertainment and refreshments, set in a forest of elegantly decorated trees and wreaths.Each tree or wreath has been sponsored by a local business or individual and decorated to a unique theme. Gala tickets are $50 each and are on sale now.The Teddy Bear Breakfast will be held Dec. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids of all ages, including moms, dads and grandparents, are invited to join Santa in a teddy bear parade and then enjoy a breakfast of teddy bear pancakes. Entertainment will be provided by the First United Methodist Signing Choir, the Presbyterian puppets, Island Clown Association, and a local dance troupe. There will also be a silent auction and raffle, as well as an opportunity for holiday photos. Participants are encouraged to bring a new stuffed Teddy bear or friend to donate to a child in a crisis situation in Island County.Tickets for the Teddy Bear Breakfast are $5 each and can be purchased at the following Oak Harbor locations: Daily Grind, Discount Party Store, Movin' and Groovin' and Jones Accounting.Community Days will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, noon-4 p.m. Everyone is invited to view the decorated trees and wreaths and vote for their favorites. There will be a Kiddie Korner where children can decorate cookies and make holiday crafts, and exhibitors and craftspeople will sell their work. Entertainment will be provided by the Oak Harbor High School Jazz Band, the An-O-Chords and others.Tickets for the Community Days when the trees and wreathes will be on show are $3. There is no charge for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.For more information about the event, to purchase tickets for the Gala, Teddy Bear Breakfast or Community Days, or to become a Festival of Trees volunteer or sponsor, call 675-3263 or e-mail festival@whidbey.net. "

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