Next Thursday, Oct. 4, the American Heart Association and the Jack Stephens Heart Institute at St. Vincent are holding the ninth annual Festival of Wines at Dickey-Stephens Park. It's the largest wine tasting event in Arkansas, with 600 wines available. There will also be a silent art auction and hors d’oeuvres from 15 local restaurants — Bar Louie, Boscos, Boulevard Bread Co., Cheers in the Heights/Maumelle, Chik-fil-A, Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Restaurant and Bar, Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Kiyen’s, Outback Steakhouse North Little Rock, P.F Chang’s China Bistro, Salut Bistro, Taziki’s, Two Sister’s Catering, Whole Hog Café North Little Rock and YaYa’s Euro Bistro. Funds from the event go towards medical research and education about cardiovascular disease. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door and can be purchased at any Central Arkansas Arvest Bank or Eagle Bank locations, or by calling the American Heart Association at 501-375-9148.