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Arlee to show off winter fashion

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ARLEE — If you think winter fashion is an oxymoron, the Arlee Community Development Corporation asks you to think again — and to walk the runway at a Winter Chic Fashion Show Sunday at the Hangin’ Art Gallery.

The nonprofit group is holding the fashion show, along with a chili cook-off, as a fundraiser, CDC secretary Kelley Brown said. The chili cook-off is returning from years past — “It was a big hit,” Brown said — but the fashion show is a new feature that CDC board member Donna Mollica said she hopes will become an annual event. Community members are invited to come show off their favorite layered winter look on the red carpet and to pit their chili-making abilities against their neighbors’, or to just enjoy all the good cooking.

Winter fashion is all about creativity; mixing chic with warmth is always a fun challenge, Brown explained.

“It’s just a fun time to show off our winter chic … You’re trying to dress up, but you have to dress for winter,” she said.

Suggested donations for dinner and the fashion show is $15 a person or $40 for families, and anyone entering the chili cook-off or fashion show gets $5 off those suggested fees, Mollica said. Chili tasting begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the fashion show to follow at 3:30 p.m. All chili cooks should have their homemade — not canned — entries in crock pots at the Hangin’ Art Gallery between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. A surprise prize will be awarded to the first place chili cook.

“It should be fun,” Mollica said. “We want to have (the chili cook-off and fashion show) every January.”

The Arlee CDC supports a variety of programs and projects in the Jocko Valley, including an afterschool art program for kids, the Jocko Valley Library and the Jocko Valley Trails project. For more information about this weekend’s events, call 726-5550.

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