Puttin on the Ritz Invites Community to the Dance Floor

Put on your best dress or tuxedo and your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening of big-band music Feb. 29 and March 1 at Willamette University's 13th annual Puttin' on the Ritz.

The event starts both nights at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers, followed by dinner and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. The Cat Cavern in Putnam University Center will be decorated for an evening of swing-style dancing. Bon Appetit will provide the meal, and the Willamette Jazz Ensemble and the Willamette Singers will perform music from the 1940s and '50s.

"This event fills an oft-mentioned void in the Salem community for an upscale evening where dancing is encouraged and the music is timeless," said Choral Director Wallace Long.

Tickets are $34.50 per person, $138 for a table of four and $260 for a table of eight. Proceeds will help the Willamette Singers travel to Vancouver, B.C., to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Northwest Regional Convention. Call Susie Thompson-Drain at (503) 370-6214 to reserve tickets.