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Treats you can sample at annual Chocolate Festival

Here are just a few of the treats you'll find Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. at the ARC's 14th annual Chocolate & Dessert Festival at Colonial Mall:

Applebee's triple chocolate meltdown, Café 113's chocolate eclairs and chocolate chip cookie bites, Cici's brownies, Decatur General Cafeteria's fried brownies, O'Charley's famous chocolate cake.

Market Street Café & Grill's tiramisu, Apple Lane Farms' gourmet chocolate-covered apples, Cracker Barrel's Coca Cola cake, Westside Coffee Place's chocolate, Red Lobster's chocolate wave and the Casual Gourmet's chocolate fountain.

If you're not a chocolate lover, you can try other desserts such as Chick-Fil-A's New York cheesecake and lemon pie and Barnhill's peanut butter pie and peach and blueberry muffins.

The Alabama Blues Brothers will host the festival, which also will feature entertainment such as dancer Katie Boyd, Miss Point Mallard; singers Chelsea Hale, Hal Stinson and Mike Thompson; Rocket City Eagles line dancers; and praise bands from Wesley Memorial Methodist and New Life Assembly. Door prizes will be awarded, too.

ARC director Mark Griffin said the festival will benefit the Kids on the Block disability awareness program, which goes into schools and presents programs on various types of disabilities for third- and fourth-graders. To book a program, call ARC, 355-6192.

Tickets are $5; children under 10 will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the mall customer service booth and at the ARC in Funland Park.

— Patrice Stewart

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