Festival of Trees returns for 35th consecutive year


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The 35th annual Festival of Trees is sponsored by the Junior League of South Brevard.

Courtesy of the Junior League of South Brevard

One of the most successful and longest-running fundraisers in Brevard County is set for Nov. 23 when the Junior League of South Brevard holds its 35th annual Festival of Trees.

This family-friendly event is a community fundraiser that allows the organization to continue improving Brevard County through financial and volunteer commitments. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Viera Regional Park Community Center at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. The admission fee is $5 per person. Children 2 and younger are not charged.

Those attending the organization’s signature event will see beautifully adorned trees and wreaths that are available for purchase through a silent auction.

There will be a vendor marketplace for attendees looking to get a head start on holiday shopping.

Festival of Trees co-chair Savanna Robinson said the Junior League will once again sell poinsettias. Plants will be available in red, white or pink and in 6-inch pots ($10), 8-inch pots ($16) and 10-inch pots ($22). There is free delivery for orders exceeding $300. The pickup is tentatively scheduled for December.

In conjunction with the Festival of Trees, the Junior League of South Brevard will host cooking with Mrs. Claus.

The 20-minute, hands-on cooking class allows children to make a healthy snack while interacting with Mrs. Claus. She will showcase tasty and healthy holiday treats that are easy for young chefs to prepare.

Mrs. Claus will cook recipes without nuts and without dairy products. However, the Junior League of South Brevard cannot guarantee that food items were processed in facilities free of cross-contamination. Cooking with Mrs. Claus is sponsored by Health First.

Mrs. Claus welcomes guests of all ages, but recommends children be at least 4 years old.

Registration is required with time slots available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign up, go to jlsb.net/Cooking-with-Mrs.Claus.

Pictures with Santa Claus also will be available.

Robinson said the money raised from the event goes toward funding numerous Junior League community projects.

Some of the projects include Fueling Kids, which provides necessities and food to Title One schools, as well as volunteers and equipment for Sabal Elementary School's Field Day; Girl Power, which consists of free workshops intended to provide young women from 14 to 18 years old with the necessary life skills needed to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle, both mind and body; and Kids in the Kitchen, which consists of two free events —  Cooking with Mrs. Claus in the fall and an expo-style event in the spring — and teaches the importance of healthy living to children and their families who participate in the event.

To learn more about Festival of Trees and the JLSB’s community projects and programs, go to jlsb.net