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Laurie school band preparing for spaghetti feast

If you like a hot dinner with a side of music, then Wednesday night will be the night for you.

That's because the Laurie Middle School Music Program will be holding its 19th annual Laurie Band Spaghetti Feed on Wednesday, April 23.

The dinner is the fundraiser for the band program.

"It provides instruments for the band, music," explained Chris Aikin, Laurie Middle School secretary. "All the proceeds go directly to the band program. It goes toward purchasing instruments for kids that may otherwise not have instruments."

Funds also go to uniforms, trips and other instruments that students wouldn't normally purchase.

The Laurie Jazz Band will be playing the dinner, while the Laurie Band students will be serving the food.

"We've already sold well over 300 tickets, so we're pretty excited about it," Aikin said.

This year the event will be held at the Colombo Lodge. In past year's it's been in the Eagle's Hall, but they needed a bigger venue because of the attendance.

"So they will prepare the spaghetti and our kids will be serving and preparing desserts as well," she said.

Aikin said they need the community's help to make the fundraiser a success.

They are seeking items for the Silent Auction and Raffles. She said they will gratefully accept any items, gift certificates or cash donations. Recognition will be given by identifying the business on their individual items, in addition, all business names will be printed on placemats at each table setting.

"If anyone is interested in donating an item for our silent auction, we would be very happy to accept," she said. "We have gotten many donations throughout the community, but we're certainly open to anyone else that wants to promote their business as well."

Aikins said there is still time to donate. You can call the school to make a donation or arrange a pick up of an item for the auction up to Wednesday morning.

This year the Grade 8 and 9 Band has been accepted to perform at the California Adventure Park in Disneyland.

"This is a remarkable experience for these students," she said. The band students pay their own way for the trip. The trip alternates between California and Edmonton.

Tickets for the event can be picked up at Laurie Middle School prior to the event or at the door on Wednesday. The dinner is $8. There will also be a silent auction. The event is Wednesday April 23, from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to have a donation picked up, please contact Chris Aikins at 250-426-5291, ext  221.

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