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Celebrate the crafts of Afghanistan at a fundraiser Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Bethesda.

The Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church is hosting a benefit dinner and silent auction to support orphanages and literacy in Afghanistan. The evening will feature an authentic Afghan dinner, keynote speaker Lauryn Oates in Afghanistan, Kabultec founder Nasrine Gross, raffle of unique Afghan handicrafts (tickets- $10) and a silent auction of hand-crafted items from large and small textiles to jewelry, pottery, woodcarving and metal work — all from bazaars and women's groups throughout Afghanistan.

Proceeds will support couples literacy classes and several orphanages in Afghanistan through Kabultec, a nonprofit that supports women’s rights, studies and education. Gross has been working on Afghan women's rights since 1996.

Tickets are $50 per person and will be available at the door. Packets of vegetable and flower seeds for widows’ gardens in Afghanistan will be gratefully accepted. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 9601 Cedar Lane in Bethesda. For directions, go to or call 301-493-8300.

Those who are unable to attend can donate by mailing a check to Eleanor DePaola at 7941 Inverness Ridge Road in Potomac. Checks can be made out to Kabultec.