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Dr. Orr takes a bear's vitals at the Teddy Bear Hospital

Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights Celebrates the Holidays, Supports Mental and Behavioral Health Services

South Lake Tahoe, CA  – The Barton Foundation invites children and adults of all ages to ring in the holidays at the ninth annual Festival of Trees and Lights. The winter celebration features events and entertainment from Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 3, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. Proceeds from the festival this year will help Barton Health expand Mental and Behavioral Health services.

The holiday tradition unfolds as Barton Foundation’s team of staff and volunteers transform the MontBleu Convention Center into a holiday paradise. Attendees can expect trees and wreaths decorated by local artists, a children’s crafting area, photos with Santa, Teddy Bear Hospital, a gift shop stocked with holiday décor, raffle prizes, and a full lineup of live entertainment.

In addition to public viewing of the seasonal spectacle on Friday, Dec.1 from 9a.m. to 1:30p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., special events throughout the Festival of Trees and Lights offer further revelry and merriment:
· Thursday, Nov. 30:  Seniors ages 55 and over can attend a Senior Stroll, enjoying the holiday displays, entertainment and light refreshments at no cost, from 2p.m. to 4p.m.
·  Friday, Dec. 1: Family Night offers a viewing from 5p.m. to 9p.m. at the family-friendly price of $25 for up to six people (children ages 2 and under are free), which includes a photo with Santa.
·  Saturday, Dec. 2: The Gala lights up Saturday night at the Festival. This black tie soiree includes a five-course meal, a signature cocktail, dancing, plus silent and live auctions for highly sought-after items.
·  Sunday, Dec. 3: Children and their families can attend the Teddy Bear Brunch from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., where they can write a letter to Santa (who will be sure to write back), and make a visit to the Teddy Bear Hospital; a fun and interactive place to learn about health and hospitals through the care of a complimentary teddy bear.

Special events do sell out and it is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance.
The 2017 Festival of Trees and Lights will support expanded Mental and Behavioral Health services through Barton Health, including improvements to the Barton Community Health Center and Crisis Intervention Training for Barton Emergency Department and nursing staff.

 “The Festival of Trees and Lights provides for exceptional care programs for our community’s well-being while offering holiday cheer, family fun, and excitement for the season,” said Troy Matthews, Executive Director of the Barton Foundation.

For more information or to purchase tickets, attendees can go to festivaloftreeslaketahoe.org or call 530.543.5909. Public viewing costs $3 for children or seniors and $5 for adults. Those interested in volunteer opportunities can contact Jenny Taylor with the Barton Foundation at 530.543.5909.