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Harvest Nights stacks up to evening of relaxation, fun

Tom Dye and Amber Malys pictured during a dancing event. Malys, a dance instructor, will be among the featured dancers at the tango exhibition at Harvest Nights.

The West Fargo Lions Club is introducing a brand new fundraiser they are hoping will be a rousing success and turn into an annual endeavor.

"Harvest Nights" will spotlight an evening of entertainment, food and fun, complete with wine tasting and a silent auction, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the lower level of the West Fargo VFW, 308 Sheyenne St.

The event promises to be "a winning combination that should go a long way in appealing to people looking for an evening of socializing in a relaxed, comfortable setting," stated committee member Kathy Lewin.

The emphasis will focus on eight different wine tasting opportunities, a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction consisting of a wonderful array of prizes donated by local individuals and businesses, as well as easy listening music and a special dance presentation.

Relaxation will also be a key factor. Stations for sitting and enjoying the refreshments will be plentiful, with a number of tables draped in cloth coverings so those who attend don't have to stand, but instead can sit and relax and leisurely enjoy everything the evening has to offer.

A wine bar will be in place, as well as a refreshment table for those under 21 years of age who are also welcome to attend and enjoy the punch and hors d'oeuvres, listen to the music, and bid on the auction items.

Committee members for the event include Lewin, Greg Dye, Shannon Dye, John Stuber, and Shirley Sjue.

Dye, presently serving as Lions second vice president, is arranging the musical elements involved in the evening of fun that will include pianist Diane Townsende of Fargo, who will be entertaining with easy-listening music the duration of the event.

Special tango dance exhibitions will also be a highlight, staged twice at approximately 5:45 and 6:45 p.m., also coordinated by Dye, who serves as president of Northern Lights Ballroom, a local dance club affiliated with the national chapter of USA Dance.

The exhibitions will involve four or five couples (members of the club), that Dye has been working with to put the tango demonstrations together.

Dye said he thought the tango would be an excellent presentation for Harvest Night guests to witness and experience. In fact, he is launching a ten week series on the particular dance in January - beginner (bronze) through intermediate level - as part of the dancing club, so he's hoping these particular demonstrations might spark a little bit of interest in those attending to pursue it a little further on their own. Dye's dance group meets at Aurora Elementary School.

All in all, Dye said he hopes the 'music' that's been arranged lends a little extra excitement and polish to an evening that already promises to be one of "sheer enjoyment," allowing people to simply attend, kick back and enjoy.

He added that the West Fargo VFW and their professional staff have been excellent to work with on the promotion. "We are very happy to be kicking off our event there," Dye said. "They have been very gracious to work with and are always extremely top notch when it comes to hosting events."

Lions Club members are hoping to welcome as many people as possible to Harvest Nights, and encourage anyone thinking about it, to purchase a ticket and attend - all for an excellent cause.

The cost is $15 per person, which in addition to the wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres, includes an additional glass of wine. Tickets are available from any West Fargo Lions Club member or may be purchased at the West Fargo VFW.

Proceeds from the event will go toward continuing to provide for a variety of worthwhile community causes near and dear to the interests of the West Fargo Lions Club membership whose motto is "we serve," with a strong emphasis on working with the visually impaired in areas of need, including eye glasses and exams, and also with the hearing impaired, both on a local and national level with some of their programs.

The organization is approximately 30 members strong and meets the second Monday of the month for a dinner meeting at the Speedway Restaurant. Anyone with questions about the club or Harvest Nights can call Dye at 282-2020 or 281-5698.