If you want a place to get a jump on your Christmas shopping then you will not want to miss the M.O.T. Senior Center’s Birch Christmas Bazaar, Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19.

“We are looking forward to seeing a lot of people,” Senior Center Executive Director Ceil Rozumalski said. “We had a large crowd last year but we are hoping even more people will want to get a jump on their holiday shopping.”

The event officially starts Friday at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m., but the luncheon that runs simultaneously will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The event continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While the bazaar always features handmade arts and crafts, the senior center has added a couple new twists to this years.

“We have included free face painting for the kids, a Chinese auction, and the pies,” Rozumalski said. “We have apple and pumpkin pies that we will be selling frozen, so that you can bake them whenever you would like them.”

The bazaar will not only have handcrafted items, and plenty of means that you are able to take home and bake for yourself, but lots of jewelry that will be available for patrons to browse through.

Last year’s proceeds totaled approximately $5,400, according to Rozumalski, and went towards paying for the center’s operating expenses. This year, Rozumalski is hoping that the proceeds will be enough to go towards some much needed repairs for the facility.

“We found that several of our wooden windows have rotted and need to be replaced,” Rozumalski explained. “We also have found that several of our HVAC units are on their last legs.”