Decorators, volunteers needed for Barton’s upcoming holiday festival |

Decorators, volunteers needed for Barton’s upcoming holiday festival

Provided to the TribuneSanta will visit the Festival of Trees and Lights Dec. 3-6 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, with proceeds to benefit Barton's Community Clinic.

The Barton Foundation is hosting its first “Festival of Trees and Lights” Dec. 3-6 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, and the community can join the fun even before winter sets in.

Volunteer opportunities abound: Santa’s helpers, children’s face painters, helpers to write letters to Santa, story tellers, concert staff, tree delivery staff and much more are needed to make this event a Tahoe tradition.

This family-friendly holiday festival offers something for everyone in South Lake Tahoe and the neighboring communities, as well as for visitors to the area.

The festival will feature hundreds of trees decorated by local designers, non-profits and schools; visits with Santa Claus; Polar Express rides; a special hands-on children’s activity area; a concert with the Cheeseballs; and a community performance stage.

In addition, Barton’s black-tie event, The Gala, will move to its new holiday time of Dec. 5.

“We want to give our community something to look forward to year after year,” said Ann Jones, event chairwoman. “We want it to be a magical experience for everyone who gets involved, whether they are designing a tree, performing, volunteering or just enjoying the event,” Jones said.

Proceeds from this year’s “Festival of Trees and Lights” will directly benefit the Barton Community Clinic, which provides medical care to the community, especially for those patients without health insurance.

“Many in our community have been hit hard by the economic downturn,” said Sharon Bishop, Barton Community Clinic’s practice manager.

“We’ve seen our patient numbers grow from an average rate of 1,200 patient visits per month to more than 1,640 last month. The Community Clinic is more important than ever, since it gives everyone access to the best health care services available. It is important that we continue to have a healthy community,” Bishop said.

Tree decorating design workshops will soon be scheduled, in which the public can also become involved.

Learn more about the “Festival of Trees and Lights” by calling (530) 543-5612 or go to

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