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By Miriam Raftery

November 22, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The creator of the Magical Forest in Las Vegas has brought her talents to Noah Homes at 12526 Campo Road in in Spring Valley, where the Enchanted Village Festival of Trees & Lights will be open to the public December 14-16 and 21-23.  View video: https://vimeo.com/301286492/bf29b3c559

Tickets cost $14.99 for adults and $9.99 for children  ages 3-12; three’s a limit of 500 tickets per night so advance purchase is advised.  You can reserve tickets online at www.EnchantedVillage.org. All proceeds from this delightful holiday display will benefit programs to help Noah Homes residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

At a preview night for media and donors, a stroll through the Enchanted Village passed through creative lighted displays ranging from traditional decorated trees and reindeer to eclectic interpretations of the 12 Days of Christmas – such as “four calling birds” depicted as flamingos waiting outside a cherry red phone booth and two winged turtles represented the “turtle doves.”

Old-fashioned carolers and  choral music will entertain visitors at the festival, which also features Carol’s Candy Lane, Santa’s workshop, a nativity scene, and Santa’s Village. Three of the residents at Noah’s Homes have been provided jobs operating the Enchanted Village.

During the preview night, supporters bid on full-sized and table top Christmas trees auctioned off, along with items ranging from wine cases to resort vacation stays.  Guests also chose items off residents’ wish lists and donated to fill those needs.  The need at Noah Homes is great, with cuts in state funding and loss of a major home supply retailer this year.

Artist Amy Burkman also live-painted two large art pieces--upside down, then flipped them over to reveal an eagle and a surfer which were each promptly auctioned off to appreciative buyers.

The real magic here isn’t only the sparkling Enchanted Village.  It’s the wonderful work done year-round by the 35-year-old nonprofit to maximize each resident’s lifelong independence in a community that fosters dignity, growth and respect.