Festival of Trees coming to Pare Center in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 30, 2018

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Christmas wreaths, trees and more will deck the halls of the Nonprofit Center at Pare this week, as a new event welcomes visitors to the building.

The Festival of Trees runs through Dec. 9 at the Nonprofit Center at Pare, 23500 Pare St. It is open daily from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 8, and from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

“It’s a community event, it’s basically free, to bring awareness to the center and the organizations in the center,” said Ann Trerice, of Hands of Hope, a nonprofit organization in the building that helps at-risk children in the metro Detroit area through partnerships with other agencies.

Twenty-seven themed, decorated trees will be on display throughout the event, with many available for silent auction. There will also be themed wooden reindeer on display and holiday wreaths on display and available for sale. Trerice said that Hands of Hope is also taking orders for homemade cookie trays during the event.

Some of the themed trees include Legos, Disney’s “Frozen” and Hot Wheels.

During the event, refreshments of hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be available for visitors. Trerice said they are hoping that visitors bring donations of food pantry items, personal care items, children’s hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks, or toys and books.

“I thought it would be a good thing for all the organizations in there and the community to connect,” Trerice said. “Plus, I love Christmas and it’s a lot of fun.”