Sacramento Ballet"The Great Gatsby" will be the ballet on stage (along with "Who Cares?") Feb. 7 through 10 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. To celebrate "The Gatsby," a pair of special events will be held. "A Night at the Roaring '20s" will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sacramento Ballet Studios. Prohibition-style libations will be created by the Porch Restaurant and Bar. Ron Cunningham and the dancers will present an insider's view of the creative process. Charleston lessons will be part of the party. Tickets are $25. Continuing the "Gatsby" theme will be the Prohibition Party on Feb. 10 at Memorial Auditorium, which will become a Boardwalk Empire lookalike. It's a Sunday, so party time will start early at 4:30 p.m. Décor, drinks, food and attire will reflect the theme. Appetizers will be passed before the gourmet dinner by Classique Catering and dancing to Peter Petty and his jazz orchestra. Charleston-style costumes will be admired, but are not required. The Feb. 10 event is $250 per person ($200 per ticket is tax-deductible), $175 with subscription ($125 tax deductible). For ticket information, visit www.sacballet.org.
Sacramento Arts & Business Council/ Crocker Art Museum. "Local Love," a Valentine's Day celebration of local creativity, will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Crocker, 216 O St. Featured will be live performances by Project4Trees, Bell Boys, Musical Charis, Autumn Sky and James Cavern, plus a reprisal of the medley finale from the 2012 SAMMIES. Adding to the program will be performances, installations and demonstrations by Flywheel Creatives New Helvetia Theatre, Sol Collective, Lacin/Cristophel Mural Designs, Chalk It Up, Juniper James, Eben 07, Sugar Skull Art and Tapigami. Project4Trees will release its latest music video "Get Some Life in Here," shot on location at the Crocker by Franklin Pictures. Jeff Knorr, Sacramento poet laureate, and museum docents will lead tours and visitors will be encouraged to write love poems to their favorite artists and artworks. "Local Love" is free with museum admission; child care is available through Creative Care at (916) 808-1182.
Viola M. Brooks Civic and Social Club. The Founder's Day Tea will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Century Chapel Church, 2801 29th Ave. The club is a Sacramento affiliate of the National Association of Colored Women's Club, founded in 1896 and the oldest organization for women of color in the United States. Active in Sacramento civic circles, the club's namesake, known as Mother Brooks, was the leading organizer of the Women's Civic Improvement Club. A $10 donation is requested for the tea with proceeds benefiting the graduating high school senior scholarship fund. Contact Shalonn Woodard at (916) 524-1512 or Tamiko Greely at (916) 549-6496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davis Musical Theatre Company. A Valentine's dessert auction will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis. Take a dessert, cake or other sweet treat for the auction. Admission is free. Lemonade and coffee will be served gratis; beer, wine and mixed cocktails will be available for purchase. Steve Isaacson will be auctioneer and DMTC players will provide entertainment. Another fundraiser on the calendar is the fourth annual poker tournament Feb. 16 at the theater. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the first hand dealt at 7 p.m.; the final round showdown will be on stage. Tournament fee is $40, with a $20 re-buy during the event. All fundraisers benefit the company's main stage and young people's productions. Visit www.dmtc.org or call (530)756-3682.
Junior League of Sacramento. The annual children's theater community day performance will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hiram Johnson High School. "Little Bird" will be on stage at the free event, which is recommended for pre-K through third grade. Call Bethany Chavez at email@example.com. The JL has received a $25,000 grant from the RCA Community Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Fund for the children's theatre program, which was established in 1939. The grant will provide busing for more than 18,000 children to see the 2013 performances. For more information about JL, visit www.jlsac.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters. The BBBS of the Greater Sacramento area will sponsor Bowl for Kids' Sake on Feb. 23 at Country Club Lanes with bowl times at 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. or 2 p.m. Bowlers are encouraged to sign up and to get sponsors to raise funds for BBBS to continue to match children with mentors. A minimum $100 is requested per bowler for two games and a BFKS T-shirt. Visit www.sacbowl. kintera.org. Or call (916) 646-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on the calendar is the clothing and household items donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at 1451 River Park Drive. Being held to mark National Mentoring Month, the donation drive will accept usable clothing and shoes, toys, bedding, linens, jewelry, small appliances, some furniture and e-waste (no mattresses, hazardous waste or items that need major repair and/or major cleaning). Look for the lime green and white truck behind the office building.
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County. "Giving From the Heart" is the theme of the dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Martin's Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis. Mary Phillip, who was born and raised in India, will prepare the Indian dinner. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be on sale. Dinner tickets are $20, $5 for children 12 and under. Ticket sales benefit the SPYC's 24-hour crisis lines, which are staffed by more than 40 trained crisis counselors who provide a link for those who lack basic resources, need referrals to low-cost counseling services, are struggling with emotional difficulties or are in active crisis and require immediate aid. Call (530) 756-7542 for dinner tickets or information about the services.
Breathe California of Sacramento- Emigrant Trails. Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Clean Air Awards, which will be presented May 29. Awards will be accepted in three categories: sustainability, leadership and innovative strategy. Thursday is the deadline for nominees. Call (916) 444-5900, ext. 209 or visit email@example.com.
Sierra Wildlife Rescue. "Introduction to Local Wildlife" themes the public class from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the wildlife center, 3030 Newtown Road, Placerville. The class will touch on the natural histories of most species in the area. For reservations, call Barbara Barker at (530) 621-2650 (parking is limited; reservations are necessary). The introduction class is $5; free for SWR members.