New Beginnings — the local nonprofit animal rescue group — will be holding its annual Christmas Home Fantasy this Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m.
Come and enjoy a tour of Merced homes and holiday venues — including a longstanding local business and a center for the arts.
Tour tickets cost $15 and can be obtained in Merced at Christina’s Fine clothing, Santa Fe Pet Hospital and Valley Animal Hospital; and in Atwater at Expressions of Love Floral. Tickets can be purchased the day of tour, but please call 769-8953 for more information on where to go.
Here are some of the highlights:
• The Home of Bill and Sandi Heil
The “Christmas Tour Angel” is at it again. Once more, Sandi has invited residents to tour her exquisitely decorated home. Every year she makes good use of all 2,590 square feet of her home, decorating every room — including the bathrooms. She has some 19 Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes! She states that with the color scheme of blue, white and silver, the theme this year might best be described as “Frozen.”
The will also have for-sale items, and a gift basket raffle to benefit New Beginnings.
The Heils are proud to live with pets: Rambo the parrot, and Marlee, Macee and Bella, all Yorkies.
• The Home of Tony and Rosa Smith
Tony and Rosa have been in their lovely, 2,048-square-foot home for 10 years and are very active in the Merced community. You’ll have to ogle at the entire house because every room is decorated. They have 10 trees! Each one is decorated around a central idea. Rosa invites visitors to have fun figuring out each theme.
The Smiths are proud to live with pet Brutus and English Bulldog.
• The Merced Multicultural Arts Center
Whether or not you’ve ever been to the Arts Center, you will be in for a treat during the Christmas Home Fantasy. There will be lots of holiday spirit in the main galleries, and the Arbor Gallery where great, original gift items are for sale. Enjoy holiday snacks and entertainment — including the Bear Creek Ukulele Society.
The Arts Center mascot is Morrie, a 7-month-old “Multi Poo.”
• The Rohrer Family Home
As you approach the front door, you will enjoy the life-sized Nativity that is built by hand every year, and topped with trimmings from pine trees in the yard. Inside, don’t miss the extensive village scene of a snowy townscape containing lots of trees, homes, churches and people. There’s also a youthful Cowboy Christmas Tree that will touch hearts. While taking in all the wonders of the inside, make sure to peek outside at all the animal statues in the back yard.
The Rohrers are proud to live with pets Sonny the Sheltie and Buddy the Cat.
• Slaters Home Furnishing and Design
Come see what they have to offer at an establishment with a long history in Merced. Slaters is one great open space — recently remodeled — to showcase a variety of classic and modern furniture settings. A warm and welcoming Christmas ambiance in red, white and silver has been created by the store’s designers.
The Slater family is proud to live with pets: Jimy Ray (Heinz 57) and Lola Grace (Queensland).
Don’t forget: Look for the New Beginnings “pickle” at Slater’s and at each house to win a gift card. All proceeds from the event will go to New Beginnings which saved 5,755 animals last year.