Annual Hospice Tree of Lights and Parks and Rec.’s Holiday Tree Lighting

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(Lou Landgraf, Photographer)
Hospice East Bay members have cared for patients and their families in the Orinda community since 1977 and are proud to celebrate their 36th annual Tree of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m., at Village Square, 31 Orinda Way.

    Never short on choices when it comes to community events, Orinda has not one, but two tree lightings in Orinda, both on the same night, yet at different times.
    Festivities start with the 36th Annual Hospice Tree of Lights Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m., at Village Square, 31 Orinda Way.
    Hospice East Bay members, having cared for patients and their families in the Orinda community since 1977, are proud to celebrate their 36th annual Tree of Lights Ceremony.
    “These ceremonies set aside time for families and friends to honor their loved ones through the symbolism of light and the reading of names,” said Brianna Halstied, media coordinator. “Our celebration in Orinda is an opportunity for our community to come together and reflect on those who have made a difference in our lives but are no longer with us.”
    Funds raised by these events help Hospice East Bay provide hospice and palliative care services to community members, regardless of ability to pay. Through donations, Hospice East Bay also offers additional services and programs, such as music therapy and children’s grief support, which are not covered by insurance.
    For more information, visit www.HospiceEastBay.org.
    Once the ceremony ends, head over to Orinda Parks and Recreation’s first Holiday Tree Lighting event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center and Community Park.
    Free to the public, this event is held in conjunction with another new event, the community’s first ever Gingerbread House Making Contest, created and sponsored by the Orinda-Tabor Sister City Foundation.
    Festivities for the evening include announcements and viewing of Gingerbread House Contest winners, a performance by the Orinda Intermediate School Choir, the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, refreshments, activities for youngsters, photo opportunities and more.
     “We hope this event becomes an annual occurrence while anticipating learning a lot this year, hopefully leading to bigger and better affairs in the years to come,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Todd Trimble.
    For more information, visit www.cityoforinda.org/calendar.aspx?eid=645.

Charleen Earley can be reached at editor@theorindanews.com.

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