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Light up the Night at Diwali, India's Festival of Lights

You'll eat such exotic dishes as zaffrani murgh tikka, which is saffron-seasoned chicken; lamb do piaza, or lamb with onions; Goan fish curry with coconut sauce; achari paneer tikka, which is grilled marinated Indian cheese; and aloo akhrot ki tikki, or tender cakes made of potatoes and walnuts. The long menu is planned for vegetarians as well as meat-eaters.Wines will be provided by Rideau Vineyard of Santa Ynez, Clautiere Vineyard of Paso Robles and Malibu Family Wines.

The dress code is glamorous and Indian-inspired, so you'll have a chance to get out those spangly clothes you brought home from India. And all for charity, with proceeds going to AmeriCares in India. You'll have fun, because Diwali is a happy festival, which Indians observe by gift-giving, eating sweets, seeking blessings of the goddess of wealth, setting off fireworks and illuminating homes with candles and oil lamps.

The party starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Gaylord Banquet Room, adjacent to Tanzore Indian restaurant, 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 652-3838. Tickets are $75. Those interested should make checks out to L.A. Mumbai Sister City and mail to David Salazar, 4931 W. 140th Street, Hawthorne, CA 90250 or email la.mumbai.sca@gmail.com.

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