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August 19, 2011 9:59 am

Wine and hockey (not concurrently)

As we all wait for the start of training camp, here are a couple Southern California-based, Kings-related events that might grab your interest…

First, analyst Jim Fox is hosting a “Sunset Wine Reception” on Thurs., Sept. 8 at the Long Beach Yacht Club, with proceeds benefitting The Guidance Center, a Long Beach-based nonprofit organization that seeks to help disadvantaged children and their families as they deal with aspects of mental illness. Fox’s event will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. and includes dinner, a wine-tasting reception and a silent auction. Luc Robitaille, Bob Miller and Heidi Androl are also scheduled to participate in the event, with tickets available for $100 (or $175 per couple) by clicking here. For those who don’t know Jim, or don’t follow him on Facebook and/or Twitter, wine isn’t just a hobby. He’s very fervent about all aspects of it and knows his stuff, so it should be a fun evening. [Jim Fox gratefully reported this afternoon that the event is sold out.]

Also, for some on-ice activity, the Kings’ alumni will play a Jr. Kings alumni team tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, with proceeds to benefit the Jr. Kings Youth Hockey Programs. Kings alumni are expected to include Marty McSorley, Daryl Evans, Mark Hardy, Nelson Emerson, Craig Johnson, Ian Turnbull, Jamie Storr, Brandon Convery and others, while the Jr. Kings alumni includes recent NHL draft picks Beau Bennett, Mitch Callahan, Shane McColgan, Brian Salcido, Max Nicastro and others. General-admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $50, with more information available by clicking here.

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