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PAC 8 to host a night of elegance Friday at Fuller Lodge

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By Kirsten Laskey

Sip on some Argentinean wine or sample a selection of cheeses and breads while admiring a wide range of items – from harp lessons to fine artwork – that will be up for auction. Meanwhile, harpist Sheila Schiferl will entertain the crowd with her live music.

This evening of elegance is PAC 8’s Holiday Wine and Cheese event and silent auction fundraiser. The party will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

There will be four different varieties of wine served, said PAC executive director Jean Gindreau, they will come from Chile, Argentina and France. She added the wine will be served in plastic cups, but people may bring their own glasses, if they wish.

A bevy of items will be available for bidding during the silent auction. A few of these items include two passes to the Santa Fe Film Festival, a massage, jewelry, photographs, collages, prints, a month-long membership to LA Fitness, a month of dance classes at New Mexico Dance Theater, gift certificates and a used piano in mint condition.

Additionally, the president of the PAC 8 board issued a challenge. For every $2 collected in a jar that evening, he will contribute $1.

Gindreau said it is the third year PAC 8 has hosted this event.

The proceeds will go toward “our summer video education classes that are for children. It also helps us with our equipment needs,” she said.

The goal is to raise $5,000.

Gindreau encourages everyone to attend the event because, “it’s a really nice way to get an early start on your (holiday) shopping.”

People can avoid the malls, support local businesses and help a good cause, she added.

PAC 8 has served the Los Alamos community for        29 years. “We’re the oldest access station in New Mexico,” Gindreau said.

Besides offering the summer video education classes, PAC 8 films the county council meetings as well as tapes events in the community such as the Los Alamos Historical Society lectures. The organization creates the ads seen at the Reel Deal Theater and provides services to turn footage on videotapes into DVDs.

“We provide training for anyone who wants to learn cameras or editing,” Gindreau added.

PAC 8 also airs Sunday services for interested churches.

“We do as much local programming as possible,” she said. As a result, it is worthwhile to support PAC 8. “We’re just very involved with the community and PAC 8 provides an outlet for anyone who wants to become involved in media,” Gindreau said.

Tickets for the event are $20. They can be purchased at PAC 8, which is located in the Community Building, CB Fox or at the door.