Community Invited to Star Trees Lighting and Festivities

The Salem community is invited to the 12th annual Star Trees Lighting Saturday, Dec. 6., at 6:30 on the lawn north of historic Waller Hall at Willamette University. The free program begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include carols, along with hot chocolate and cookies.

Prior to the event, Bon Appetit will provide a holiday dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at Willamette's Goudy Commons. The menu will feature ingredients from local farms and will include herb roasted turkey with fresh cranberry compote, smoked pork loin with cider glaze, buttermilk mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, pumpkin squash lasagna with butternut cream, roasted hard squash and salads with pomegranate and hazelnut dressings. Desserts include pumpkin pie, Southern comfort pecan pie and apple and quince crisp. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children eight and younger. No reservations are needed.

Following the Star Trees Lighting, the music department will sponsor a free family holiday concert at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The Willamette University Band, Headband and other ensembles will perform an array of seasonal music. Seating is limited.

Participants are invited to bring articles of clothing to the 15th annual PennyCoat Drive, sponsored by Beta Theta Pi, to benefit those in need. Tables for donations will be set up near the Star Trees.

Event sponsors include Willamette University, Dick and Linda Carney, Elwood's Tree Service, Bon Appetit, Beta Theta Pi and Roth's Fresh Markets.

The Star Trees are located on the Willamette campus, across from the State Capitol at 900 State St. in Salem. For information about the PennyCoat Drive, contact John at (562) 665-8307 or For information about the lighting and concert, call Michelle at (503) 370-6031.