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Christmas in November Arts & Crafts Sale Saturday

By Sonny Long
Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.

Mary Mlcak, 84, shows off some of the sock monkeys that will be for sale at the annual Victoria Senior Citizens Center Christmas in November Arts & Crafts Sale. In addition to the arts and crafts sale, plates with sausage, sauerkraut, green beans and German potatoes will be available for $5 each from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

IF YOU GOWHO: Victoria Senior Citizens Center

WHAT: Christmas in November Arts & Crafts Sale

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: 603 E Murray St.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Sausage plates on sale for $5 each; raffle

INFORMATION: 361-576-2189

Mary Kliem has been sewing since she was 5, so it's fitting she oversees the Busy Bee Quilting Club at the Victoria Senior Citizens Center.

Some of club members' work will be for sale Saturday at the center's annual Christmas in November Arts and Crafts Sale.

"Everything we make supports the center. It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it," said Kliem, who has also been running the center's Jubilee Store for six years.

In addition to quilts, other handmade items like afghans, aprons and bags will be on sale.

A highlight of the sale is always the original sock monkeys.

"We sell them year-round, but they really fly off the shelf at this sale," said Kliem, 78.

Several dozen sock monkeys will be available Saturday, but are expected to go quickly. About 50 sock monkeys sold by noon last year.

Charlotte Freeman of Beeville makes the majority of the sock monkeys for the center's sale, Kliem said. The quilters chip in adorning them. Some quilters also make monkeys.

"Mary is the heart of all this," said quilter Dorothy Kalmus. "She taught us all to quilt. I could never even sew and now I even make little doll dresses."

In addition to the arts and crafts sale, plates with sausage, sauerkraut, green beans and German potatoes will be available for $5 each.

Plates will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orders of 10 or more can be delivered.

There will also be a raffle.

The quilters hard work is important to the center, said Debbie Garner, executive director.

"This is one of our major fundraisers to help support the center," said Garner. "These funds also help seniors with fixed incomes pay for their meals."

The center serves residents 60 or older. More than 250 people a day are fed and 25 transported to the two centers, doctors' appointments or other errands.

Garner said a fundraising campaign also began earlier this month with letters sent out to local businesses.

"No person is on a waiting list for food or transportation and no one has been turned away because of lack of funds," Garner said. "We need funds to keep these services going."

Donations are tax deductible.

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