Mark your calendar for “Vino Classico with a Craft Beer Chaser,” a popular wine tasting and silent auction fund-raiser that will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road in Eden Prairie.

The Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club organizes the annual event to raise more than $30,000 for its many community, national and international programs, including student scholarships; service projects to India, Peru, Africa and Honduras; Golden Eagle Awards, STRIVE student mentoring, the "Soaring Bird: Peace through Service" community art project; community grants to local organizations, and an annual recognition banquet for Eden Prairie High School behind-the-scenes achievers called Above & Beyond Awards.

Vino Classico, which annually draws over 300 people, will feature more than 100 wines, beer from at least 10 vendors and several varieties of soda, and attendees will be able to order specially priced bottles of the beverages through Eden Prairie Liquor. In addition, they can enjoy food samples from local restaurants and stores.

This year’s Vino Classico features a silent auction, with dozens of items donated by area businesses – including event tickets and sports memorabilia – and our new “Wall of Wine.”

Tickets to Vino Classico cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. They are available from members of the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club or at the 3 Eden Prairie city-owned liquor stores – located at the Prairie Village Mall, near Byerlys, and across from Cub Foods grocery stores . 

People can also buy tickets online at http://vinoclassico.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact the ticket hotline at (612) 805-8242.