Wine and Words

More than 40 wines can be sampled at the third annual Wine and Words tasting event, set for 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St.

Hosted by the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, the event raises money for initiatives to help people improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math.

“We help people improve their skills to feel more competent at work or fill out a job application,” said Tommeka Semien, council executive director. “Some students even come to help prove that they can keep up with their children in school. They want to set a good example and show that education is important.”

The event will feature eight tasting stations, with selections for the “wine novice” and those with a more “refined palate,” Semien said. Guests can purchase their favorite wines through The Wine Store.

Local author Tommie Townsley will preview the new authors and books she’s working with through her publishing company Ally-Gator Book Bites.

At 6:30 p.m., ticket holders will receive their tasting glass. Local businesses will offer regional dishes, like gumbo and shrimp and grits.

The Literacy Council offers day and evening classes for residents in Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes, including English as a second language.


Tickets for Wine and Words are $50 each and include admission, wine tasting and food selections. Tickets can purchased online at or by calling the council at 494-7000.

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