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July 13, 2014

Children invited to enjoy 'Arabian Nights'

DANVILLE — Children with their vivid imaginations get a kick out of the offbeat — such as dancing spoons, a giant genie lamp, pirates and jesters.

All of those magical characters — and more — will delight youngsters at the fifth annual CASA Royal Ball on July 25 and 26.

Tickets still are available to the fundraiser for CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — whose volunteers serve as advocates for the best interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in court.

About $23,000 was raised last year to help CASA, said event producer Roxy Reed.

“We’re excited,” she said about the fundraiser, a live, interactive fairy tale for children ages 2-10 and their families. The event can accommodate 350 children and adults each day.

This year’s theme is Arabian Nights, featuring a sultan, a magical genie who grants wishes, fortune tellers and Arabian dancers.

A new attraction this year is a giant genie lamp, which houses a genie who grants wishes. James Rogers, a local pipe fitter, has designed and constructed the lamp, which is 16 feet long from spout to handle and about 9 feet high.

Children will be able to experience the genie lamp up close by chatting with the genie and trying to guess the magic words to help him escape. They also can pass their three wishes to him in hopes he is released and grants their wishes.

In addition to the genie, the ball features more than 60 characters and a multitude of indoor and outdoor decorations.

Characters include king, queen, princesses, prince, fairies, pirates, dancing forks and spoons, jesters, castle guards and more.

The ball — a partnership between Reed, event producer and director, and Merrit Spicer of Roselawn Dance by Merrit — is designed to expose children to the visual and performing arts in such a way that they can gain an appreciation for the arts.

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