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‘Alice's' mad tea party raising bucks for Arts Council

March 23, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

The Imperial County Arts Council is hoping local residents will join a Hatter (of the mad variety), March Hare and Dormouse for tea.

Lewis Carroll's mad tea party from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" will serve as the theme for the Imperial County Arts Council's "Mad Hatter Tea Party" between 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Old Post Office Pavilion in El Centro.

The free event will feature a live auction to benefit the organization's summer programs for children, said Arts Council Executive Director Nan Rebik.

The family event will also feature characters from the Alice tales and readings from Lewis Carroll's works.

Approximately 30 chairs, contributed by local artists and snowbirds, will be auctioned Sunday, said Rebik.

Each chair has been individually hand decorated by the artists and some have even been crafted from scratch.

The chairs are on display at the Old Post Office Pavilion, 5th Avenue Books in El Centro and the art gallery at Imperial Valley College.


Advanced bids for chairs can be placed with the council and there is no minimum bid.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Arts Council's summer youth programs, which include a drama program, music lessons and other arts classes.

Because the council offers low tuition costs for all students, Rebik said the council relies on fund-raising events and donations to fund its programs.

The council hopes to raise a significant portion of the $15,000 needed to fund this year's summer programs.

Additionally, the council is hoping to expand summer offerings this year to accommodate anticipated enrollment. However, if funding isn't raised, Rebik said expansion wouldn't be possible.

Participation in the program was at a record high last summer with 200 children attending classes, according to Rebik.

Classes are offered to children for low costs with prices ranging from $10 per month for the drama program to $1.50 per violin lesson.

"We try very hard to make the summer program available to any child," Rebik said of the ultra-low fees for classes.

"Many children in the Valley don't have an opportunity to experience the arts because it's not economically feasible."

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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