The casual event is designed to make choosing a fine wine an inexpensive, easy process. Enjoy the laid-back afternoon and dance to the acoustic music of Nylon, The Michael Clark Band and others as you sample 30 to 40 different wines from around the world. The $20 admission fee goes to charities including the Sierra Club and Children's Performance Workshop. The event lasts from noon-6 p.m. each day. Advance tickets are $18 and are available at (757) 491-6539.

After you sharpen your wine wisdom, learn to impress your friends with your knowledge of chocolate treats. You'll find out all you need in Chocolate 101, a non-credit community course offered through the University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies. Owner of Carytown's For the Love of Chocolate, James M. Kinard, will teach the class, which includes tastings. He says his students will learn how chocolate is made and about the different types of chocolate from different countries.

If you're interested, sign up soon. As of press time, there was room for only six more students. The course takes place Monday, April 22, is $20 and runs from 7-9 p.m. Call 287-6331. — Laura Davis


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