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Colleges for Change to put on dinner and a show this Saturday

PLATTSBURGH - Colleges for Change has a reason to celebrate.

The organization - whose mission is to change the social acceptability of tobacco on college campuses and surrounding communities - is celebrating the recent decision by the city of Plattsburgh to establish a tobacco-free policy in its 17 parks and beaches. The celebration? A "Dinner and Dance" this Saturday, April 17, to benefit the Plattsburgh Community Garden.

Kimberly Cummins, who is planning the event on behalf of Colleges for Change, said the idea has received a lot of support from local bands and the people behind the two venues, the North Country Co-op on Bridge Street and Coffee Camp on Margaret Street. The night will begin with a "vegan and vegetarian friendly" dinner at the Co-op at 4 p.m., prepared by the Co-op's own chef, Rich Green. The dinner will consist of spaghetti with miso beet sauce or cashew burgers with soup and salad.

"It's just amazing," Cummins said about the menu. "I can't say enough."

During the dinner, which will be offered until 7 p.m., musical entertainment will be provided by bands Ginge and the Giants and Damaged Jackals.

"It'll be good dinner music, where you can eat and talk with your friends and it's not overpowering," said Cummins.

The celebration will pick up when it picks up and moves to Coffee Camp around the corner at 7 p.m. There, music by For the Kid in the Back, Precious Fluids, and Choking Beaver Project will round out the night until 10 p.m.

The cost of the dinner will be a suggested donation of $5-10. A $2-5 donation is requested for the Coffee Camp show.

Cummins said Dinner and Dance will be a nice way to cap off the Earth Day celebration events in the city hosted by the Every Day Earth Day Committee, which include a city-wide clean-up.

"I know the last thing I would want to do is cook dinner," Cummins said with a laugh.

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