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Witches have gotten a bit of a public relations makeover in the last decade. These days, the word witch is less likely to summon images of green-skinned hags with pointed hats than it is British schoolchildren with a penchant for eating horribly flavored jelly beans.
Neither image is quite what the local nonprofit organization Las Vegas Pagan Pride is going for, and one of the group's stated goals is to dispel misconceptions about the pagan and Wiccan religions.
As part of this positive image campaign, the group plans to throw its first Ice Cream Social and '50s Sock Hop from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 25 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3616 E. Lake Mead Blvd. The event will feature a disc jockey playing songs from the '50s and '60s, as well as ice cream and other refreshments for sale.
In addition to image building, the event will serve as a fundraiser to help pay for the group's observation of National Pagan Pride Day.
"We have the same values as the other major religions as far as family, honesty, work, et cetera goes," said Las Vegas Pagan Pride member Vicki Clair. "Our morals are somewhat different. We believe that whatever consenting adults do is fine, as long as they're not abusing those that can't protect themselves."