Give in to your sweet tooth

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By The Staff

The first attempt at a fundraiser is very interesting when time, effort and energy is spent in hopes that the grand finale will be successful. The second year, slight changes are made to improve the event and the third time is the charm.

This year, the third annual Festival of Chocolate, should charm revelers. The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The young and young at heart will delight their taste buds and dance to their hearts delight while benefiting programs for all ages.

Chocolate connoisseur and Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization Director Pauline Powell Schneider said she loves everything about the event, from the live band and chocolate aroma to the magic of the trees.

“There are lots of ‘ooooh’s and ahhhhh’s,’” she said. “I also look forward to the exceptional hot chocolate that Chef Michael makes – talk about comfort food!”

The senior center chefs Michael Mason and Fred Ortiz will be creating incredible edibles, including a house specialty: Classic cookies, shaped into the number 10, in honor of the center’s 10th anniversary will be dipped in two kinds of chocolate, to kick off the evening.

“Chef Michael will be offering his elegant chocolate coffee cups, and Chef Fred will serve his famous, award-winning fudge,” said Powell Schneider, who along with Community Health Council Coordinator Michelangelo Lobato, made preparations for the celebration.

Lobato has rallied his troops on the Los Alamos Community Health Council, to take part in the first-ever amateur competition to be judged by sources yet to be named.

The Friends of the Senior Center have added to the dance card by sponsoring the silky sounds of My Blue Heaven. The melodious tune makers have been playing together for more than 10 years. Los Alamos locals Pete Forman and Pat Reich are amongst the musicians, who are professionals from different walks of life and who come together to make great music.

The fancy fun is also the first public viewing of the Festival of Trees. Tickets for the evening cost $20 each and are available at both senior center locations and in the Community Health Council offices at 1505 15th St., Suite C. To learn more call the mobile offices at 500-0049.