The month-long National Suit Drive begins today with the goal of procuring professional clothing for homeless men and women in the Sacramento area.

Stanford Youth Solutions wine auction raised more than $100,000 for youth and families in crisis. Support and contributions of sponsors, donors, wineries, breweries and restaurants made the Vintage 2014 wine auction possible. A highlight was the story of a young woman whose life was transformed by Stanford and who was chosen as class president of her school.

A patriotic teddy bear wearing a red, white and blue hat and bow tie is stuffed into a miniature sleeping bag made of velvety fleece. Next, a fuzzy lamb is cinched into a crocheted pouch as colorful as a Mexican fiesta. Jennifer Kimsey calls her project “Beanies in Bags,” and over the past five years she’s delivered 3,000 of these little critters to pediatric units at Mercy San Juan and Sutter Memorial as well as Shriners and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Beneath the elevated light-rail tracks that run across busy Florin Road, Alicia Villasenor cleans the gang-related graffiti that is highly visible to motorists, pedestrians and Luther Burbank High School students. She’s among eight teens hired by the City of Sacramento for its yearlong graffiti abatement program.

Elk Grove McDonald’s franchise owner Steven Ramirez to chair the Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2015

Rancho Cordova schools are accepting donations for “gently used” musical instruments for middle and high school students.

A local U.S. Army veteran today received a refurbished vehicle from a Sacramento-area Caliber Collision repair shop, part of a Texas-based chain of repair centers. The presentation was made to Hector Ponce at the Sacramento-Antelope Caliber Collision outlet at 7407 Roseville Road.

The Rev. Dan Madigan, founder of the Sacramento Food Bank, will retire from the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento on Sunday after 50 years as a parish priest.

Upcoming events include Twilight Thursdays at the zoo and a golf tourney.

As part of an effort to earn his Little Dragon black belt, 7-year-old Cole Arnold is asking for backpacks, pencils, lined notebook paper, colored pencils and crayons to be dropped off at a donation box at the Sierra 2 office, 2791 24th St.

Nonprofit groups flocked Thursday to Senior Gleaners in Sacramento to load up on something every organization needs: toilet paper.

Upcoming fundraising events include the Beyond Wonderland soiree and the zoo’s King of Feasts.

West Coast Avengers, a group of volunteers costumed as superheroes, helped children with cancer create colorful medals to lift the patients’ spirits. The event was staged in collaboration with the non-profit Relay For Life of Davis, a component of the American Cancer Society.

An Enterprise moving truck pulled into the circular driveway at the main entrance to Cal Expo on a cool, breezy morning Thursday. As the rear metal door rolled up, Grace Kim Shin stood ready to help unload more than 21,000 rolls of toilet paper stacked inside. She passed the packaged paper down a brigade of helping hands to form a giant wall of TP along the curb.

To celebrate one year in his downtown Sacramento showroom, Ryan Hammonds, owner of R. Douglas Custom Clothier, is putting on a fashion show Saturday night.

Robert Halseth, Sacramento State music professor, won the award for music educator on the year. The award from the Capitol Section of the California Music Educators Association caps a half-century in teaching. Halseth has been the university’s director of bands since 1993 and also serves as music director for the Sierra Nevada Wind Orchestra.

Food For Families, the anti-hunger program started by West Sacramento-based Raley’s in 1986, is launching a pilot program designed to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at Sacramento-area food banks.

Upcoming fundraising events include Girls Night Out and Choral Society’s Raising a Voice for the Arts event.

Garret Smith congratulates Miggy Magallanes with a celebratory handshake after he played his first soccer game May 23 at the Oakmont High School stadium. It was the conclusion of the soccer team’s two-week spring training camp, and the players paired up with a group of special-education students to give them the experience of playing on a team.

Nicholas Leal had perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade. He has been involved in band, football and theater productions in addition to always being there for roll call. He plans to attend Cal Poly.

Upcoming fundraising events include Triumph Cancer Foundation and Community Heroes Appreciation Project.

For the second straight year, mobile cuisine came to hundreds who typically receive their meals at shelters or from charitable organizations.

Sacramento’s new TurnAround Coffee House has a mission that sets it apart. It’s run by volunteers and people in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, and its proceeds support the Clean & Sober homeless recovery program.

Upcoming fundraising events include the Light of Hope the Kiwanis Golf Ball Drop.

Kudos to: Fifth-grade teacher Lisa Liss and students at Woodlake Elementary School for their tile mural created to honor Anne Frank.

Her polka-dot apron was covered in paint, but that didn’t stop amob of third-graders from giving Mollie Morrison a group hug. As a volunteer at the “I Can Do That” children’s arts festival Friday at the Coloma Community Center, Morrison handled what she calls the “ooey-gooey wet art,” hanging up students’ paintings on a clothesline to dry.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is accepting sign-ups for its annual Ride With Pride, an equestrian day camp for elementary school children.

Upcoming fundraising events include Rotary’s centennial and Make-A-Wish BIG Bounce.

While driving to work, Alicia Ortiz suffered an allergic reaction to medication, sending her into anaphylactic shock. She was able to pull over and call 911 before her airway closed. The paramedics arrived and gave her medications to reverse the allergic reaction.

Wearing thick leather gloves, Kim Franza holds a great horned owl fledgling to be weighed. As a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in birds of prey, she wants to make sure the young orphan is thriving under the care of Sasha, an older owl who has taken the owlet under her wing. The juvenile raptor was picked up by volunteers with the Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release organization. It had fallen from a tree and wandered too far for rescuers to find its nest.

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