The Carpinteria Lions Club is thrilled to announce that its annual Festival of Trees event will be back this holiday season! This year’s Festival will be held at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, located at 865 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. The Carpinteria Lions Club is grateful to work with the Arts Center to sponsor this event, which has raised nearly $225,000 over the past 12 years.

The Festival of Trees will be open from Friday November 25 to Saturday December 17 – a full week longer than in previous years. The tree draw will take place on Saturday, December 17 at noon. Raffle tickets are only $1. The trees are always beautifully decorated and adorned and there is a lot of excitement on tree raffle day.

The Lions Club would like to thank and acknowledge the Hickey Family, Hickey Bros Land Co., Inc. and Lynx Property for the use of the previous location at 700 Linden Ave. The offer to use the property was always free and always with great enthusiasm.

If you or your group would like to receive the benefits of this year’s event, please submit a written request, along with proof of your nonprofit status (which must be located in Carpinteria) and a explanation of use of funds for if received. All applications must be received by November 1 to be considered and will be reviewed, decided upon and announced in Coastal View News prior to the event.

If you would like to sponsor a tree for the event or would like more information, please contact Committee Chair Mike Dawson at [email protected] or 805-568-4038. On behalf of the Carpinteria Lions Club Festival of Trees committee and committee members Lion Robert Shroll, Lion Casey Balch and Lion Mike Hickey, we are very excited and look forward to another successful year. The Carpinteria Lions Club operates the raffle under state code CA 320.5 with an annual license under state charity #RF005707.

Last year, proceeds from the Festival of Trees raised over $47,000 for the new Carpinteria Skate Park. Past recipients include the Carpinteria Education Foundation’s Culinary Arts Program, Carpinteria High School’s Future Farmers of America for a new van to get to events, CHS Bands Forever, CHS Girls Softball “Field of Dreams”, the Girl’s Inc. playground equipment restoration project, the renovated Arts & Crafts room at the Boys and Girls Club, Friends of the Carpinteria Library, Rancho Allegre Boys Scout Camp (post-Thomas Fire damage), Movies in the Park, Carpinteria Jr. Warriors – CVYAA, the Carpinteria Middle School robotics’ program, the Canalino School Family School, and the CHS Parents’ Prom Night.

The Lions Club will showcase 24 beautifully decorated, 6-foot-tall pre-lit Christmas trees during the three-week event. The value of each tree ranges from $350 to $6,000; all are beautiful, creative and festive. Lucky tree winners will win a beautifully decorated tree as well as all gifts and items with the tree. Raffle tickets are only $1. We hope to see you all enjoying the event and buying raffle tickets! Good luck and come down!

The Carpinteria Lions Club has served the community since 1927.