Ready for laughter and music to heal your soul, libations and food to tempt your palette, and star gazing?

This year's fifth annual Evening Under the Stars, sponsored by the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted by our East Valley Water District, promises to be another spectacular event, one that continues to gain momentum and support throughout the Highland, San Bernardino and Redlands communities.

As you mark Evening Under the Stars as a "don't miss" on your calendar for Saturday, June 6, here are some details to whet your appetite.

During the first hour guests will be treated to wine and beer tastings with a cash bar to follow. Area restaurants will be serving their specialties. In 2019, the offerings from the Bistro at Bear Springs Hotel, The Pines Steakhouse and Brightwaters (yes, their chef is amazing!) were fabulous. Look for upcoming announcements on this year's food and beverage vendors.

While sipping wine and beer samples, guests will be treated to a professional comedy show, followed by the soft sounds of jazz and traditional tunes, perfect for dancing under the stars. Entertainers from 2019 graced the stages of the Comedy Store, and Improv, opened for Steve Harvey, and were featured on Inside Edition with Deborah Norville; more to come on this year's lineup.

East Valley Water District, 31111 Greenspot Road in Highland, is a great location to experience this region’s beautiful desert landscape. It is also home to a beautiful drought-tolerant garden with ideas for your own garden.

Throughout the night, guests will have a chance to bid on silent auction and raffle prizes and a portion of the event net proceeds will be donated to a local charity – to be announced soon. Two of last year's favorite silent auction items were a limo ride to the Temecula Vineyards that included wine tasting, and a San Diego Harbor Cruise for six with appetizers.

The San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers Club will wrap up the night with their powerful telescopes, allowing guests to view the stars. One year, guest were able to see the rings around Saturn.

Individual tickets, table tickets and sponsorship for Evening Under the Stars can be purchased directly from the chamber by calling (909) 864-4073 or emailing hcoc@highlandchamber.org. Online payments can be made at HighlandChamber.org. Tickets are $70 person. Early bird tickets can be purchased for only $60 before Friday, May 15.

Sponsorship deadline is Wednesday, April 15. Raffle prizes can be donated up until Wednesday, May 27. Call the chamber for more details.

I am delighted to be serving as the chair for our 2020 Evening Under the Stars and look forward to sharing this amazing evening with you.

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