Wine, women and … chocolate?

The National Organization of Women know how to plan a sweet event

Art, theater and politics will intersect on Sunday, Oct. 26, when the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) holds its Celebration of Women “Wine and Chocolate” event.

The afternoon gala aims to highlight how Newport is rich in talent, organizations and businesses that support women; and also to raise funds for NOW programs that help women and girls achieve their full potential.

Entertainment will include “Brava! Women in Theater,” three vignettes coordinated by Akia Woods, directed by Mary Eastman, hosted by Cindy McConnell and starring Khlo Brateng, Bonnie Ross, Nikki Atkins and Barbara Berge.

Local women authors will be on hand to sell and sign their works, while women candidates for local elected offices will be present so that guests can get to know them.

In addition to NOW; Altrusa, American Association of University Women and League of Women Voters will have information available about their local organizations.

As well as wine and chocolate, light hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase.

There will be a silent auction with items including artwork by local artists, restaurant certificates, handcrafted jewelry, gift baskets, an excursion and a variety of gift certificates.

One of the premier auction offerings is the painting “Ocean Cliffs-Lost Creek” by internationally known artist and Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux. It is the only still-available piece from a series of six paintings, one of which sold for $2,000. The work shows the fragility of the cliffs from sea waves and wind erosion on the Oregon Coast. The painting is currently available for viewing in the lobby of the Newport Performing Arts Center. It has an opening bid of $250.

The Celebration of Women will run from 2 to 4 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street.

For more information, email centraloregoncoastnow@gmail.com or call 541-614-4677.

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