Cut your own tree and help Lions Club

  • Thu Nov 27th, 2008 10:32pm
  • News

By Kristi O’Harran, Herald Columnist

They are taking a chance in Granite Falls, that Christmas tree choppers will find the right size and shape in town.

Dixie Riggle, secretary for the Granite Falls Lions Club, says the group is offering a fir sale.

It starts today, from 9 a.m. to dusk, at 7808 Highway 92.

The you-cut lot will be open through Sunday, and again Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

All trees are $15.

It’s all for a good cause — to help the hard of hearing.

“One of our longtime members moved east of the mountains and has some land here,” Riggle says. “He offered his trees to us to sell.”

It’s the first attempt by the club to sell firs.

“We have no idea how much we will make,” she says. “But whatever it is will be good.”

Camano Island Quilter’s groups offer a Christmas luncheon at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27108 102nd Ave. NW in Stanwood.

The afternoon group meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church 27128 102nd Drive NW in Stanwood.

They welcome new members.

And get this: Ask about entering quilts in an April show. For more information, call JoAnne Robertson at 360-387-6333.

When was the last time you were invited to display something you fashioned by hand?

The right piece of home decor can be the finishing touch for a home.

An antique show is offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday on Whidbey Island at Heartsong Farm, 6085 McMaster Road, Freeland.

Event coordinator Paula Williams says someone scuttled plans to open a bed and breakfast at the farm.

“She will be liquidating the antiques and furnishings she collected to decorate the house,” says Williams. “Additionally, there will be dealers participating from the island and the Seattle area.”

Good antiques don’t have to cost a lot, she says.

“Sometimes a not-so-perfect piece has more character and I am convinced it is a form of recycling. I find that when my home feels good to me and I can see things that I enjoy each day, it makes me feel good.”

Does she think a sour economy will halt sales?

“We may very well have to learn to do without, but, we should still get out and enjoy ourselves. Help the economy and buy yourself a little something. Maybe it will just feel good to take something home.”

Fun fact: An open house is planned Thursday at GraphiXtreme Sign Co.

Drop by from 3 to 7 p.m. at a new location, 3925 88th St. NE, Suite F, Marysville.

Let them know you’ll attend by calling 360-657-1209.

Kim and Chris Adcock own the growing business that recently changed locations. Kim Adcock says the family set up shop at a new home they bought on five acres with the dream of raising their children and operating a home business.

It all seemed dandy, until they faced a roadblock.

“This summer, we were doing a huge job for a traveling amusement park,” says Adcock. “We received a semi truck that converts to a mirror maze and were putting a full digital wrap onto the ride.”

A neighbor objected to a truck blocking mountain views.

The couple dropped their home-business idea.

Drop by the new digs at the opening. If you’re in the market to buy a house, chat about property they no longer need.

Columnist Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451 or