Written by Jody Sergienki –
MARIPOSA – Mariposans can take a magic carpet ride to the ancient land of the Arabian Nights at the “Moroccan Nights” fundraiser hosted by Mariposa American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Saturday, Mar. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.
Adventurers will experience the colorful sights, spicy aromas and tempting diversions of ancient Marrakesh.
Patrons can stroll through the grand arches and flowing drapes of a bustling bazaar, and shoppers can bid on silent auction items featuring services and experiences offered by AAUW members, from candlelight dinners to craft classes.
The evening will feature performances by a professional belly dancer and an array of exotic Middle Eastern finger foods and desserts. A no-host bar will be open for sipping while shopping. Sightings of Aladdin or Scheherazade may occur.
Tickets for “Moroccan Nights” are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, at Casto Oaks Fine Wine & Art, on the AAUW website www.aauwmariposa.com or from any AAUW member.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the community service and educational projects of Mariposa AAUW, a branch of the national organization dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls.
AAUW supports local projects such as Tech Trek, a week-long science camp for girls, Dinner with a Scientist, an evening for girls to interact with professionals in STEM careers and the Backpack Project to distribute needed school supplies.
To learn more, visit www.aauwmariposa.com.