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Holiday Tea benefits women, kids in Congo

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POSTED November 6, 2012 10:13 p.m.

The Women’s Holiday Tea benefit takes place Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Place of Refuge, 486 Button Ave.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for the event that also includes testaments, music and dance performances.

Tickets are $35 apiece and are available at the church office by calling 239-1371.

Proceeds will benefit local charities that assist women and children as well as a center in Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A team of 10 women from the church just returned from the Congo where they worked at the center.

 Delta Tree of Lights Nov. 27

The Hospice of San Joaquin and Delta College will light the holiday sky at the 24th Annual Hospice of San Joaquin Tree of Lights Ceremony. This year’s event will take place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov, 27, 6 p.m., at Delta’s Pacific Ave. entrance.

As is traditional, a local hospice services family will flip the giant PG&E switch, coloring the tree with 1600 multicolored lights. Orange and Purple will be added to the magnificent lighting array this year.

A seasonal Stockton favorite, this popular and festive ceremony rings in the season as attendees witness Delta’s magnificent 80-ft. evergreen bloom to life. The “Tree of Lights” ceremony always signals a dazzling opening to the holidays, with music, cookies and hot cider for all.

A dedicated crew of volunteers from PG&E decorates the tree each year. PG&E switched to “energy efficient” LED lights several years ago. The team coordinates four aerial lifts, which allows the crew to wrap over 3,000 feet of light cable around Delta’s huge fir tree. In addition, about 3,000 feet of garland trims the tree…over one mile of decorations.

The Hospice Tree of Lights ceremony has another important purpose: To remember and honor loved ones by dedicating a light on the Tree of Lights. Names of honorees and donors are placed on a marquee at the base of the tree through Dec. 31. Proceeds from the Tree of Lights help the Hospice of San Joaquin provide the highest level of care for terminally ill patients, their families and the bereaved of our community.

To donate a light, call the Hospice of San Joaquin at: (209) 922-0242, or, visit Hospice of San Joaquin online at: www.hospicesj.org.

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