California State University, Sacramento. The "Green and Gold Gala" will be March 22 at the University Union Ballroom on campus. Themed "Decade of Distinction," the gala not only will honor President Alexander Gonzalez and his wife, Gloria, and their 10 years at the university, it also will salute the 2013 distinguished alumni award winners. Alumni award recipients to be feted are Cheryl Dell '82, publisher and president of The Sacramento Bee; David Bugatto '86, president and CEO of Alleghany Properties; Michael Kuhlmann '69, president and CEO of Residential Control Systems; Garry Maisel '80, president and CEO of Western Health Advantage; Rhonda Staley-Brooks '95, president and CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and Christina Preston '11, founder of Shoes4Sacramento. The welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and celebration program at 6; dancing will follow. Black tie is the requested attire. Proceeds will benefit the Gonzalez community leadership scholarship. Individual tickets are $200 ($122 tax deductible). The special scholarship package for two is $1,000; an event table for eight (plus two students or CSUS leaders) is $2,000. Sponsorships are encouraged. Call (916) 278-3922 or go to www.csus.edu/ gala.
Rotary Club of Roseville. The annual Garbolino seafood dinner will be March 9 at Mahaney Park inside the Roseville Sports Complex. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Special entertainment and a silent auction are being planned. Proceeds benefit charitable activities, including Miles of Smiles, Bag of Life program, high school scholarships, Scout troops, the Salvation Army, recreation centers, camps and Rotary's Polio Plus worldwide program. Tickets are $60 per person; advance purchase is a must. Visit www.rotaryrsvl.org.
Clara's House. The second annual celebration honoring famous women will be 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Sierra Foundation's facility on the river at 1321 Garden Highway. Brunch specialties will be on the menu at the event, which will include a silent auction and raffle prizes, with the river view a bonus. Clara's House, an all-volunteer organization, is a free clinic providing primary medical care for the poor and uninsured. Brunch tickets are $48, with a reserved table for eight at $320 ($40 per person). All donations are tax deductible. Call Sister Mary Ellen at (916) 222-4473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shalom School. The 2013 "Teaching to Inspire" benefit will be from 5 to 9 p.m. March 17 at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Blvd. In the teacher spotlight will be Leslie Kuperstein and Tamara Davidoff. The benefit will include hosted cocktail hour, silent auction, cuisine by Jackson Catering (dietary laws observed), raffle and live auction. The event is $150 per person ($75 tax deductible). Call (916) 485-4151.
Casa Garden Restaurant. St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated with Irish music and luncheon Tuesday March 12 with two seatings 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at the restaurant, 2760 Sutterville Road. On the menu will be traditional corned beef (dilled shrimp and pasta salad is the alternative). Double chocolate mocha cake will be the dessert. Lunch is $22 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are a must; call (916) 452-2809. Group reservations must be made by one person with one check. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Children's Home.
Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary. The first Pets Saving Pets photo fundraiser is being held to raise funds to help homeless, abandoned and abused animals. Participants can upload a photo of their pet to Pets Saving Pets website at www.HappyTails.org/PetsSavingPets and then solicit votes for their entries. Votes are $1 each with no limit. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote-getters in five categories: Awww (cute), LOL (funny), perfect pairs (owner and pet or pets), glamour shot (all dressed up), and celebrity (pets of local and national celebrities). The top vote-getter will win $500. Participants may upload photos through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28. Voting will take place March 1-31.
WEAVE. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will be May 4 on the Capitol Mall. More than 600 men are expected to walk, run or limp the one-mile course in high heels. Any man may participate for a $35 registration fee, which includes shoes. The kick-off party will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Low Brau, 1050 20th St. Men registered to walk will be served a beer and may try on shoes to get the perfect size. Reservations are requested by today for the kickoff party to email@example.com.
Closing the Gap. The second Great Cake Walk will be from 5 to 8 p.m.
March 14 at the CSUS Alumni Center, 6000 J St. Among bakeries providing the cakes will be Rick's Dessert Diner, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Above and Beyond Cakes and Ettore. Joining the cake walk on the program will be cake-decorating demonstrations, live and silent auctions, and music by jazz bands from Rio Americano and Christian Brothers high schools. Tickets are $65; visit www.closingthegapusa.org. Closing the Gap screens and then funds programs focused on closing the academic achievement gap in Sacramento-area public schools.