Ponoka’s annual Festival of Trees is a chance to get into the spirit of the season and support a worthy cause at the same time.
The proceeds of this year’s festival, being held from Nov. 14 to 17, will go towards the purchase of a Centralized Cardiac Monitoring System for the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre.
“The new Centralized Cardiac Monitor will enable us to offer better patient care by providing more information about how a person’s heart is beating,” said Dr. Greg Sawisky, who will be speaking at Festival of Trees on behalf of Battle River Medical Clinic.
“We will be able to share this information with specialists in Red Deer and Edmonton more quickly as they will be able to see what we are seeing.
“This may also enable us to keep some patients in Ponoka without having to send them to Red Deer so they can receive treatment in their hometown.”
Get your tickets now, as they’re going fast and some events are already sold out.
The sure-to-be-popular Beef ‘n’ Beer event set for Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Stagecoach Saloon is already 50 per cent sold out.
Beef ‘n’ Beer, with live entertainment from country rock band The Two Bit Bandits from Calgary, beef on a bun and craft beer supplied by Ponoka’s own Siding 14 Brewery and Rimbey’s Hawk Tail Brewery, is sure to be a hit with a more casual, laid-back feel.
“I think it will be a really great party,” said Jennifer Parker, Festival of Trees co-chair, adding it’ll be a real jeans-and-t-shirt kind of cabaret.
There will also be prize draws and a full bar.
“It’s kind of got it all.”
Tickets for this event can be purchased on Eventbrite. Go to the Festival of Trees Facebook page and find the event for the ticket purchasing link.
The opening night gala is already sold out and tickets for the Little Black Dress Party ladies night are going fast. Ladies, don’t miss your chance to enjoy a night on the town with this elegant event, to be held Friday, Nov. 15
New this year is the Seniors Candy Cane Coffee Friday morning, starting at 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at Ponoka Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) or at Ponoka News.
Snow Much Fun Family Day, sponsored by the Town of Ponoka, will happen on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Stagecoach Saloon and Stampede Grounds.
Guests will get the chance to meet Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, dancing, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, raffles, a $2 concession, candy buffet and hot chocolate.
Snow Much Fun tickets can be pre-purchased at ponokafestivaloftrees.ca or at the door, for $5 per person or $20 per family.