Continuing a tradition than spans more than 30 years, members of the Bartlesville Lions Club have been busy preparing for their annual sale of freshly-cut Christmas trees which opens Friday.
The trees come from a notable Michigan tree farm and are anywhere from 5' to 9' feet tall. Varieties include Black Hills spruce, Balsam and Douglas fir and white pine, ranging in price from $35 to $95.
"Bring the whole family to select a fresh Christmas tree which will make your holiday celebration complete," Lions Club President Dennis McBroom said.
The sale will last until they run out of trees which is anticipated by Dec. 12 this year. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, the opening day, at the Lions Club Community Center, 2900 SE Tuxedo Blvd. Hours following will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
“Each year we have several customers who say they waited too long ... and we were sold out. We do not get another shipment in, so when the trees are gone, they are gone,” said Kevin Reid, Lions tree sales chairperson.
VISA and MasterCard are accepted and tree stands are also available for purchase. Families who participate are invited to stop by the family photo area for a picture with their trees. Ten trees ($35 value each) will also be given away on KWON 1400's "Chop Shop" contest. Listen for a chance to win.
Dollars that the Lions Club generates from its fundraisers are invested back into the community. This year the organization celebrated its 100th birthday by updating the Tuxedo grounds with new playground equipment, updating borders and fill to minimize fall hazards, and purchasing adult fitness equipment and a new sign for the building.
The Lions Community Center is still available to rent. The park next door makes it an ideal venue for family reunions, parties, wedding receptions and memorial services. Call 918-331-9710 for a rental application.
For more information about the club and how to join a community-oriented service organization, go to e-clubhouse.org. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 2900 SE Tuxedo Blv.
This article originally appeared on Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: Bartlesville Lions Club begins annual Christmas tree sale