Pack up the kids or head out alone, but don’t miss this year’s rendition of the May Community Center Celebration of Trees. For more than 10 years, the Center has provided area children with this fun-filled event to help them get caught up in the spirit of the season. The best day to take the kids is Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., because refreshments, crafts and entertainment will be provided. “If kids aren’t involved, it’s still fun to come see the holiday displays,” said Crystal Holder, assistant director at the Center. “Many of the activity groups at the Center decorate the trees or wreaths and they are beautiful to see,” said Holder. The Center’s dart baseball team, the “Killer Bees,” has a display covered with darts and bees and the Center’s quilting club has one with bobbins and quilting items. “This year visitors will find that we have more winter scenes and more animated figures than ever before,” she said. “We also tried to help participants by giving them the option of decorating more economical wreaths.” Wreaths, trees and winter scenes are all on exhibit until Christmas Eve. On Dec. 12, there will be seasonal music and entertainment, costumed characters, seasonal temporary tattoos, holiday crafts for the kids, hayrides and light refreshments. Santa will be on hand to take photos for a suggested $2 donation benefiting the May Community Center Advisory Council. Entertainment will include the Hargrave High School Jazz Band, Copeland Elementary Choir, Huffman Intermediate Choir and the Texas A&M University Aggie Wranglers. The May Center will also offer a pancake breakfast with Santa on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. A $2 per person donation is suggested and the breakfast will be followed by a performance by the Express Children’s Theatre. “The play, ‘Holiday Wishes,’ explores the true meaning of Christmas and includes live accompaniment, singing, dancing, acting and lavish costumes,” said Holder. “We hope everyone will bring the whole family to enjoy the magic of the season.” For more information, visit

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