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Valentine Festival a 'decadent affair'

Fundraiser blends poetry and dance, wine and chocolate
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Today’s Valentine’s Day vibe continues into the weekend when the Sierra Vista Community Center hosts its Valentine Festival of Art, Chocolate and Wine fundraiser beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. In addition to sweets to eat and drink, the evening’s activities includes dancing, entertainment and poetry.

Performers Talen and Sidnee Andersen, Mary Walker, Jaycee Andersen and John Potter will play and sing a variety of music, including train songs, according to Connie Heilaman, a Sierra Vista board member. She said it’s going to be a “decadent affair” and an “evening of fun – with quite a few things to see and do.”

The Sierra Vista has been offering free dance lessons during its Saturday classes and Heilaman hopes dancers who have learned to rumba, fox trot and do ballroom dancing will use their newly learned skills at the dance that will include all types of dancing.

Sierra Vista Art Center members will show their work and other artists can display and sell their art during the evening. Deliver the art work at 1 p.m. to the Sierra Vista Art Center to prepare for the display in the community center’s multi-purpose room where the event takes place. Poetry readings are also encouraged. Contact Heilaman at 346-8250 to participate.

Gary Tomsic, the new owner of the Colfax Theatre, is one of those who will recite his poetry.

“I’m all new to Colfax – just getting on board with what the town does and what it has to offer,” said Tomsic of his participation at the fundraiser. “If I can be of any help in any way, I will be happy to do so.”

Tomsic said work on the remodeling of the Colfax Theatre is currently taking place. “It’s a functional theater but were going make it even better,” he said.

Tomsic’s target date for the reopening is the evening of May 4. “It will be an event, probably not a movie,” he said.

Admission to the Valentine Festival is $5 per person, and guests are requested to donate a chocolate dessert or candy to share with others. There will also be a no-host bar.