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Newsfront - December 5, 2008

Alamo tree lighting harkens to Victorian Era

The Alamo Chamber of Commerce will present the 2008 Alamo Tree Lighting Festival at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 - a look back at the Victorian Era. The festival signals the beginning of the Christmas holiday season for families with an evening of caroling, entertainment, hot beverages and snacks. New this year will be special seating for everyone's comfort.

"Guests are urged to come early and stay late," said the organizers.

Students will be performing with their music instructors, Bruce Kohlia of Monte Vista High, Ken Abrams of San Ramon Valley, Connie Forslind of Rancho Romero Elementary, and Nancy Raum of Alamo School. A special performance will feature Brittanie Johnson, an SRVHS graduate, who has sung in the Disneyland Tree Lighting extravaganza. Also there will be caroling by the Methodist Church men's group.

The YMCA will have a craft table for children, children can create keepsake photo frames, and hot beverages will be served. The SRVHS cheerleaders will help Santa Claus find his way through the crowds.

For holiday giving, collection barrels will be available to collect canned food for the Contra Costa Food Bank and new toys for Shelter Inc. of Contra Costa County. Shelter Inc. representatives will attend the event to answer questions regarding their help for displaced families to become self sufficient.

During the event, one lane of Danville Boulevard will be closed between Stone Valley Road and Jackson Way. North and south bound traffic will be allowed along the open lane.

The festival is also sponsored by Rotary of Alamo, Kiwanis of San Ramon Valley, Alamo Women's Club, YMCA and the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.