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The annual Canby Christmas Tour of Homes will feature some older area homes this year

This year's Canby Christmas Tour of Homes will take a step back in time as organizers have arranged for visitors to tour some of the area's older homes.

This year's tour will be Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature five homes, including several that are in 1912-13 range or older. The tour will be at those five homes throughout Canby, including one that's a little bit out of town.

Coordinator Joyce Ares said the path to using older homes was done with a purpose.

"We made a conscious effort to seek out older homes this year," said Ares. "We'd had a previous request from one of this year's homeowners to be on the tour. We had a look at it and decided 'yes,' this is something we'd like to pursue."

Ares noted that with this year's event marking five years of the tour, the holiday event has come a long way as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Canby Public Library group.

"When we started doing this it was a little bit scary," said Ares, "to go around asking if people can come into their homes and 'oh, by the way, you are going to decorate aren't you?'

"Then you hold your breath and see if we can sell any tickets," she added. "Our ticket sales have been good every year and we've learned that people look forward to it each year. I've been getting requests about this event for about two months now."

Proceeds from this year's event will go toward finishing the Teen Room at the Canby Public Library, something the Friends are fully committed to.

The Friends and library staff got together with a group of teens and asked them what they wanted to see in the room. The answer – color. And a wall mural, a computer bar and a place to do projects. Since then, the Friends have been raising money through a variety of avenues and special events. The goal was to raise $20,000 and as the process has moved forward, additions have been made. Funds from the tour will go toward finishing the room.

Cost for the tour is $15 and tickets are available through the Canby Public Library or Cutsforth's Thriftway. Ares noted that because of the fundraising aspect for the Teen Room, cash donations will also be accepted.

Tickets will have the addresses of the homes, as well as a little background on each, printed on them.

"I think people will really enjoy this year's tour," said Ares. "It's a special group of homes we're showcasing this year."

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