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The Insiders: Actually painting the town is not recommended

When people say they are going to paint the town, it’s usually assumed to be a figurative statement. Either that or they’re watching Bob Ross reruns (do you think the Main Street redesign will feature any happy little trees?). Regardless, it’s not recommended that you literally alter the downtown color scheme. This is all fair warning, because tonight is the second annual Paint the Town Art Auction at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art, and we don’t want you to get the wrong idea.

There will be wine, yes, and there will be paint (or at least paintings), but the idea is not to get liquored up and head downtown with a palette full of acrylics. Instead you are supposed to enjoy a fun evening bidding on as many of the 77 auction items as you like, with all proceeds going to scholarships for art classes and other needs at the school. The first auction last year raised more than $35,000, so the bar is set pretty high.

This year, the auction will include the Wine Cellar Raffle for mixed cases of premium wines, which will include wines from around the world, most of which you can’t find in boxes. Case value is estimated at more than $250, so the $5 each (or 5 for $20) tickets are something of a bargain.

Ticket prices for the evening are $30, or $25 for CYPN members. The live auction begins at 7:15 p.m., though the silent auction, cocktail reception and wine raffle will begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Today is also the annual Friendly Kitchen Road Race on the Seekamp Trail at NHTI, with the timed 5K beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the untimed 2.5K fitness walk kicking off at 6:15 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Friendly Kitchen. Call 271-6484 for more information.

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