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Take 'Taste' on Thursday

Happy Hour this Thursday is on the Council for the Arts of Herndon, sort of.

The council will be playing host to its annual Taste of the Town fund-raiser, from 5:30-9 p.m., at the Worldgate Centre, and for a $20 a person can sample foods from 27 restaurants, ranging from Diary Queen and Milwaukee Frozen Custard to Snappers and Sylvana's Restaurant.

"I think it's perfect for the office workers that work in the area for happy hour," said Debbie Goldman, executive director of the council. "Where else can you get all this food for $20?"

This is the 13th year for the fund-raiser, whose proceeds go towards council programs such as scholarships, Art in Public Places, hands-on art programs for children and workshops for all ages.

In addition to the food selections, the event will feature a live and a silent auction and swing-dance demonstration and lessons.

Auction items include VIP grandstand tickets to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along with Wednesday night accommodations at the Grand Hyatt New York; a weekend of pampering at the Marriott Westfield; premium seats for a D.C. United soccer game; a 21-foot sail boat or an outing on a 32-foot sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay; and various golf packages.

For a $5 raffle ticket, a person could earn a chance to win a Subaru Outback. The raffle winner will get to select a key from 100 keys, in hopes it starts the car. And of course, there will be number of works of art.

"Come, walk around and sample all the food and look at all the auction items," Goldman said. "Then take part in the swing dancing demos and listen to the DJ."

The Taste of the Town takes part in the mall at Worldgate Centre on Worldgate Drive from 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, April 22. Tickets are $20 and $15 for council members.