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Mid-City Neighborhood Organization's (MCNO) Original Chocolate Affair -- featuring confections, champagne, chocolate martinis, food, live music and a silent auction -- is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Brewhouse Grill (201 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-0525). Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz will provide the music; the auction will feature creations by artists from the Mid-City Art Market. Tickets are $20 in advance (call 482-6254 or 486-MCNO) or $25 at the door. Proceeds will be used to fund MCNO neighborhood projects.

Ele Shoes and Accessories (3638 Magazine St., 309-8674), which opened late last month, is having a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Customers are invited to sample food and wine while perusing the shoes, handbags and accessories at the new store. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Memorable Occasions Diversified LLC will present a bridal show and cocktail event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at J. Ballard Banquet Facility (72 Westbank Expwy., Gretna). The event features a fashion show and bridal-related products and services from a variety of vendors as well as a $100 door prize. Seating is limited. Call 256-1779 for reservations.

Men and women both can enjoy previewing new fashion lines with a trunk show from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. March 3 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 4 at Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666), featuring Canali and Oxxford for men and M-A-G for women.

Receive a free drawstring tote bag with a cosmetic purchase of $85 or more during Beauty Week Feb. 28 through March 5 at Saks Fifth Avenue (The Shops at Canal Place, 301 Canal St., 524-2200).

Receive 10 percent off the purchase of anything in The Thymes line during a sale at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts (110 Metairie Heights, Metairie, 281-4905).

There's always a sale at Snap (240 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9988), which constantly maintains a rack of women's fashions that are 25 percent to 50 percent off.

Twisted Hair Salon (4815 Magazine St., 891-9998) is hosting a special in-store event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, featuring black-and-white photographs of tattoos and piercings by French-born photographer Pierre Alain Rinino.

With This Ring Bridal (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090) will host a trunk show of Alvina Valenta's new designs Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 23-26 at the boutique.

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