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Paint Nite fun for everyone

Blue moon cherry blossoms is the painting guests attending the paint nite for the Stirling and District Lions Club fundraiser. Photo courtesy paint nite

The Stirling and District Lions Club is holding a Paint Nite fundraiser Saturday.

Alana Bancroft is the co-vice-president of the Lions Club and said the idea came to her after attending a similar event at the Rotary Club in Stirling.

“I had a really great time," she said.

However, working full-time as a mom and clerk at the recycling plant had her second-guessing her organizing abilities, until she discovered Paint Nite.

"I (liked) the idea of paint night, but doing all of the organizing as far as getting the artist and supplies, and all of the canvases and all that stuff was way more than I was able to do... (Paint Nite) actually provides all of that," said Bancroft.

The event will feature artist Candace Turcotte, who is the licensee owner for the area. According to her profile on Paint Nite's website, she has hosted 138 other events.

“What I love about it is the fact that It’s very social. You're always out meeting new people… it’s a great creative outlet, so on top of being my own boss I’m also able to still create paintings," Turcotte said.

At the event, Turcotte said she wants everyone to have a good time.

"I like to have the crowd laughing and that’s kind of my goal at the end of the day: if I can at least make everyone laugh once or twice then I’ve done my job."

She will bring supplies for guests and spend two hours instructing, with the output being a picture of a pink cherry tree in front of a blue moon on a starry night.

"At the end of the night they’ll have something to take home with them, which will be their one-of-a-kind artwork," Bancroft said.

Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages – including alcoholic – will be available for attendees.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the upstairs arena of the Stirling and District Lions Club. Tickets are $45 each and must be bought in advance, which you can do here. Guests of all artistic abilities are welcome.

So far, Bancroft said 58 guests have purchased tickets.

"I’m really excited we got that many people. The turnout is going to be good," she said.

Turcotte agreed that bigger is better.

“I almost find the bigger the group the easier because it’s more energy in the room," she said.

Profits from the event could go to a number of places, Bancroft said

"We don’t really have anything specifically in mind…but we get donation requests all the time so I think this time we were just going to put it in the general donation fund," she said.

The Lions Club donates to a range of things in need such as a local sports team, family in need, food bank, clothes for kids, and even natural disasters around the world.

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