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Woodcrest Senior Living Community to hold Walk of Trees

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Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

Woodcrest Senior Living Community near Scottdale will hold its third annual Walk of Trees from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Executive Director Rob Dulla Jr. said the event sort of came about by accident.

"We wanted to do something special for our residents so we put out eight trees, one in each window," Dulla said. "Because of the excitement we saw from the residents, the staff decided to take it to a different level."

Last year more than 30 trees were decorated by area businesses and displayed in the facility, and for the first time, the public was invited to visit and view them.

Robin Metzger, an administrator at Woodcrest, said the evening is a way to bring the community into Woodcrest for the holiday season.

"The residents like the trees, and they love seeing and talking to the people who come to visit," she said.

Dulla said they provide the trees and area businesses come in and decorate them. There is no cost to have anyone decorate a tree or to come tour the trees.

"We like for them to be creative and decorate it with things that have to do with their business."

For example, Brilhart Hardware decorated its tree with pipe fittings and sand paper.

Dulla added that if there's any individual or member of the community who can't make the official Walk of Trees tour on Saturday, they are welcome to come in any time.

The facility is highlighting two different trees this year -- a Memory Tree, where residents can place a bulb on the tree in memory of a loved one who has passed away, and a Giving Tree, which is decorated with donated hats, scarves and gloves for area adults and children in need.

Dulla said the event has grown each year and they look forward to further growth in 2012.

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