Ponoka Jubilee Library (PJL) is hosting some Christmas cheer this month in the lobby of the Civic building with festive wreaths and trees. Come and check it out.
On the walls and around the edge of the lobby, there are over 20 wreaths decorated and donated by local businesses and organizations. Many of the wreaths use materials that represent that particular business — you’ll find wreaths with paint samples, thread and buttons, pipe fittings, and more. There’s even one made out of barbed wire. The display, called “Around Winter,” will be up until January.
The Christmas tree display is the work of Ponoka’s Festival of Trees. The intrepid team of Santa’s elves led by Sherry Squires includes Brenda Hunt, Lea Rausch, Kristi Motley, Bonnie Ronnie, Len Icke, and Les Squires. Together they created five unique, fully decorated trees from a little two-foot owl tree to a nine-foot tall glittering confection of gold. Each of these trees is for sale with all proceeds going to purchase beds for Ponoka Long Term Care. For more information, please contact Brenda Durie at 403-704-6039.
As well as a chance to enjoy the delights of Christmas decorations, we’re using our display as an opportunity to give back to the community. To help out folks who are having a hard time, we created a ‘giving forest.’ The giving forest is in the centre of the lobby and is made up of the Town of Ponoka tree and a collection of ‘wild’ trees. We encourage everyone to come by, enjoy the display of trees and wreaths, and leave a donation for the food bank under the trees of the giving forest. We may not be able to be near others this holiday season, but we can still connect through kindness, generosity, and good cheer.
And as a seasonal gift to our community, PJL is giving treat bags to those who leave a food bank donation under the giving forest.
Reminder: Masks are required indoors, stay at least six feet away from others, and while we invite you to enjoy your walk through the displays, we ask that you do not linger. The lobby is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
– Submitted by Ponoka Jubilee Library