FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Wiregrass ladies are invited to get away for a few hours to enjoy dancing, trivia, shopping and games all under one roof.

Girls Night Out returns to The Landing March 16 from 6-9 p.m.

"For this year, we will have numerous vendors displaying a variety of products, from makeup to clothes to unique cooking items," Lynn Avila, Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator, said. "Each year, we have a DJ who plays fabulous music and helps with our trivia contest while guests shop. We also have lots of door prizes and giveaways.

"New this year, we have some neat interactive displays put on by our DFMWR activities," she added. "The Center Library will host a card-making and knitting experience while our arts and crafts center will offer a more artistic opportunity."

According to Teresa Whitman-McCall, BOSS adviser and RDS program manager, ladies should be sure to mark the event on their calendars.

"It will be a night of fun and camaraderie for all who attend," she said. "We at MWR want to provide a unique and fun experience for those who work so hard every day, our military spouses, our single Soldiers and our community friends. Because we understand that women often put their families and/or their jobs before themselves, we want to provide the chance for them to unwind, relax and have some time to spend on themselves. Girls Night Out is a great opportunity for friends to come together in support of each other in a fun and relaxing atmosphere."

Ladies are invited to come dressed in their favorite St. Patrick's Day green attire.

"This will be just a fun way to have a good time, fill the room with green and celebrate one of our favorite lucky holidays," Avila said.

According to Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director, events like Girls Night Out provide a valuable tool for military spouses to connect and form a support network.

"We are very proud to be able to share with the entire Wiregrass community exciting events like Girls Night Out," she said. "Opportunities like these events and others help to bridge the gap between the garrison and the local community.

"Our goal for Girls Night Out is to entertain, inform, educate and inspire military spouses to take time for themselves, network and maybe make a new friend, too," she added. "And, of course, participating in events like Girls Night Out is just one more opportunity to show your support for the Soldiers and families at Fort Rucker by supporting MWR. Funds raised through DFMWR programs and events go to enhance the quality of life for our Fort Rucker community."

Girls Night Out is open to all ladies, married and single. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets include one beverage voucher.

"It is important for MWR to offer events like Girls Night Out as a way to show those who support our Soldiers, both military spouses and our communities, that we support them," Whitman-McCall said. "This evening is more than just an event to relax -- it's an event that brings together the very best in what DFMWR and our business partners can offer. We want to show how much we value the time and effort that women today put into their lives, their families and their jobs."

According to Avila, the event is also a perfect opportunity for newcomers to settle into the post community.

"Newcomers to Fort Rucker will get a chance to see what DFMWR is all about," she said. "This event is for both single and married women as they all need the opportunity to unwind after a hard day of work, whether it's at a business, in the military, or within the home. Newcomers will also get to meet new people, maybe make some new friends, and see what products and services are available to them in the Fort Rucker community."

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