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Three reasons to attend the Chocolate and Wine Festival

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun File PhotoJared Nash, a pastry chef at Lahontan Golf Club lays out milk chocolate peanut butter mousse bon-bons at the Tahoe Women's Services Chocolate Festival at the North Tahoe Conference Center Saturday night. Lahontan won best table top presentation and the People's choice award. For more photos go to www.tahoe-world.com.

1Double your money! Have a good time and help those in need in your community. All proceeds will go to help TWS reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.2Bid on silent and live auction items getting amazing deals for a fraction of their retail price. Get your holiday shopping done early!3Mumbo Gumbo nuff said.On Saturday, Nov. 8, Tahoe Womens Services 20th Annual Chocolate andamp; Wine Festival returns to the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach. The Chocolate andamp; Wine Festival is Tahoe Womens Services largest fundraiser, and is a celebration of the survivors in the community. Proceeds from this event support vital services, such as peer counseling, legal advocacy, childrens programs and safe shelter.Discerning tastes have come to expect the exceptional chocolate prepared by Tahoes finest chefs and delicious wine from select boutique wineries at the event. The famous balloon grab is returning, along with newly-invigorated silent and live auctions with bidding on dream vacations, gifts and surprises. Other attractions include emcee Ed Miller and mouth-watering catering by Mountain Magic. There will be a cash bar of chocolate-inspired cocktails. As usual, guests vote for their favorite chocolate and this year for their favorite red and white wines. Throughout the evening, Mumbo Gumbo will keep the things exciting with their unique blend of rock and soul, afro-pop and lush balladry, zydeco and country.How to help even more? Bring non-perishable and canned goods to donate to Project MANA, the local hunger relief agency.Advance tickets are available immediately for $50, or $90 for two. Purchase tickets by visiting our website at http://www.tahoewomenservices.org or calling (775) 298-0010. Parking at the Conference Center will be free, but tickets purchased at the door will be $60, if available.Through a collaboration between Tahoe Womens Services, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and the local chapter of the American Red Cross, childcare is available. Teams of staff and certified babysitters will provide childcare from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The cost is only $15 for one child, or $25 per family. Call the Boys and Girls Club at (530) 546-4324 to reserve your spot.Tahoe Womens Services is a local, non-profit dedicated to reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities with direct service offices in Incline Village, Truckee, Kings Beach, and Tahoe City, and the six-bed Mountain Rose Safe House in a confidential location.