There is just something really special about an event that combines entertainment with raising money for a truly noble cause. That event is an alternative Valentine's Day celebration for women. All women.

Single, married, friends, sisters, moms, daughters, etc., are all invited to a "Gal-entine's Day" evening of laughter and togetherness taking place at REACH Literacy on Friday, February 14, from 7 to 8:30 PM, right among the bookcases at REACH on the south side of the Western Mall by Scheels. 

The Broad Cast Theatre group will be presenting a special performance of Love, Loss & What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron (based on the book by Ilene Beckerman). Both sisters were Award-winning screenwriters, producers, and novelists (When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Bewitched). Nora Ephron died in 2012 from pneumonia contracted while she was battling leukemia.

She described the show she wrote with her sister as being, "about what clothes really are to us, those moments when we are constantly trying to find our identity through them." The play weaves together many women's stories and recollections through monologues. Some are hilarious, some deeply touching, but all are very relatable.

You're encouraged to bring books to donate to the REACH used bookstore. Tickets are $15, but for $5 dollars more you get the $20 Swag Bag upgrade, which includes a mystery book, chocolate, and punch.

REACH Literacy has been teaching adults to read since 1986. They tutor individuals in reading, writing, and living skills, so that adult learners gain the self-confidence needed to take on new challenges in work and life.

For more information see Broad Cast Theatre and REACH Literacy, call Paige Carda at REACH Literacy at 605-332-2665, or Broad Cast Theatre at 605-413-8852

Sources: Broad Cast Theatre and Wikipedia

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