Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Friends of Diamond Bar Library to hold Wine Soiree April 11

Delicious food, premium wines and great fun in an elegant setting - that's what you'll find in Diamond Bar on Sunday April 11, 2010 at 4 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be hosting the 17th Annual Wine Soirée benefiting the Diamond Bar Library. Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door. A unique souvenir wine glass is included with each ticket. Tickets are available by calling 909 861-2002. The annual Wine Soirée has become an institution in Diamond Bar and is a great way to meet new and old friends and neighbors.

Interesting selections of wine from all over the world will be offered for tasting at the Wine Soirée from the Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition. Delicious food will be presented for tasting by many local restaurants offering varied and interesting cuisines from around the world. Some of the outstanding restaurants include Aljibani Halal Market, Diamond Palace, Champs Elysees Bakery, Chilli’s Grill and Bar, Chipotle, Da Kine Hawaiian Grindz, Dale Brothers Brewery, Diamond Palace, East 180, Graber Olive House, International Deli, It’s A Grind, Koba Korean BBQ, Mandarin Taste Restaurant, Round Table Pizza, and The Whole Enchilada.

For the last 17 years, the proceeds from this very popular event have been used to advance continuing programs in the library - replacing worn books, adding to the best-seller collection, purchasing foreign language books, videos and books on tape to support the diverse population in Diamond Bar. In addition, we support the very active children's programs, reading programs and speaker series. Ten years ago the Friends established a used bookstore, Basically BOOKS that provides gently used books at very low prices - most books less than three dollars.

The Children's Area of the library was renovated and a special Youth Section was supported with funds provided by the Friends. A Family Place, a special program for families with young children, is in its third year. This is a special program for young parents and their preschool children from birth to three years in age. It is a place where parents can learn and play with their little ones in a safe and positive environment.

The Friends of the Library has also partnered with the Los Angeles County Library system to renovate our existing library to make it more “user-friendly” for our patrons such as the self-checkout stations that have speeded up the checkout process. In 2010 a major renovation of the Community Room will be completed making this space more welcoming to our patrons and the community.

The funds raised at The Wine Soirée go to increase literacy and make learning easier in Diamond Bar. Those attending this great event can feel good that all the fun they are having - the food and wines they taste, the auction items they win, the music they enjoy - all the proceeds from this will go to improve our quality of life and learning. The Wine Soirée will start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the beautiful Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar.

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