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Beer, wine tasting gala scheduled

Looking for a way to take a break from the winter doldrums? Then mark the calendar for United Way's 2013 Beer and Wine Tasting Gala at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center near Alexandria on Friday, February 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

A variety of wines and specialty beer, an array of light hors d'oeuvres from Alexandria restaurants, and music by Sound Idea will set the mood for the evening.

Last year's event featured 40 varieties of beer and wine and offered an opportunity to learn about each beverage. Sponsored by H Boyd Nelson and Goose Island, this year's event will include a larger variety to sample, and as requested, more craft beer will be featured.

Any food or beverage vendor who wishes to participate in the gala may do so by calling the United Way office at (320) 834-7800.

Advance tickets, $20 per person, are available at 2504 Aga Drive, Alexandria or by calling (320) 834-7800. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 per person.

All proceeds from the Beer and Wine Tasting Gala will support the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties 2012-13 Campaign.