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Holiday Tables offers decorating ideas, helps community

POSTED November 4, 2011 3:12 p.m.
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DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune/

The Great Bend Beautification Committee’s Hol...

This marks the seventh year for the Great Bend Beautification Committee’s Holiday Tables Spectacular fund-raiser, an event offering seasonal party planners ideas on how to decorate, while at the same time, earning money to improve the community.
The annual attraction is set for 1:30 to 4 p.m. today at Rosewood Gallery, 1607 Main.
Set up will be 14 tables with different themes to give people suggestions for decorating their own tables for special occasions. The display will include tables of various sizes.
“This is a great event,” said Judy Reed, committee member. “It gets us in the mood for the holidays, offers ideas and allows you to give back to our town.”
In addition, this year there will be a drawing for a one-of-a-kind Santa Claus sculpture created by artist Loretta Miller.
Funds raised this year will be used to continue landscaping efforts at the Great Bend Public Library, Reed said. Last year, the committee helped purchase the statues outside the library and now members want to work on the lawn and flower beds.
If possible, they may move to landscaping efforts at the Great Bend Post Office. They will also continue their existing projects, such as the downtown planters.
Reed said the committee draws ideas for its projects from the community and welcomes suggestions.
The Great Bend Beautification Committee is part of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. Past committee efforts have included the Broadway Islands, self-watering flower pots for Main Street, painting and landscaping at the Great Bend Municipal Airport, work on the flower beds at the library and Veterans Memorial Park, thank-you cards sent to people with outstanding flower gardens and the regularly given Beautification Award that goes to local businesses.

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