Serotonin Surge Charities. "Spring Surge 2013" is on the calendar for March 22 at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa with party hours from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mark Kreidler will be emcee for the event featuring fine wines, food sweet and savory and fashion show by FS (Felicia Strati), Patrick James and the Wardrobe. Sister Bridget McCarthy from Dignity Health will be recognized as the 2013 safety net hero. The Surge is $100 per person; to register, go to www.serotoninsurge.org or contact Tina Bozzini at email@example.com or (530) 757-4121. Valet parking will be available. For sponsorship and donor information, contact John Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 757-4114. Clinics and organizations serving the medically uninsured and underinsured benefit from the Surge. Among those assisted are Bayanihan Clinic, Clinica Tepati, CommuniCare Health Centers, CSERF's, SPIRIT Project, the Effort, HALO Community Clinics, Health for All, Imani Clinic, Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, Knights Landing Clinic, MercyClinic Loaves & Fishes, MercyClinic Norwood, Midtown Medical Center, Paul Hom Asian Clinic and Willow Clinic.
Christian Brothers High School. "State Fair" has been chosen to theme the annual auction March 16 on the CB campus at 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Hosted cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction open the action at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and live auction scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Auction items range from an extensive wine collection to dinner with Bishop Jaime Soto, the Ultimate Holy Bowl Experience (at the CBHS/ Jesuit High football game), and trips near and far from Napa Valley to Hawaii and Cancún. The auction is $75 per person if purchased by Friday; increasing to $90 after that date. For information or to purchase tickets, contact CB at (916) 733-3600 or visit www.cbhs-sacramento.org. Auction proceeds support a wide variety of student programs, including tuition assistance. Also on the CB calendar is the 21st annual Jazz on the Green at 7 p.m. Saturday on campus. Tickets for the dessert/jazz event begin at $10 for adults, $5 students/seniors; $200 for a table for 10 with preferred seating. Email email@example.com or call the school.
Capitol Pops Concert Band. The 16th season will be kicked off with a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. "On the Road" will theme the program featuring a mix of automotive selections including "In My Merry Oldsmobile," "Route 66" and "Born to Be Wild." The museum will open at 6 p.m. with no admission fee. The concert is made possible by Thunder Valley Casino, also the primary sponsor of the museum's Exhibit 1968 featuring a special display of cars and colorful panels from that year. Also featured is the Pint-Size Microcars on the Road exhibit along with the permanent collection. Refreshments will be on sale. The Capitol Pops Concert Band is a self-supporting nonprofit band of about 75 musicians; visit www.capitolpops. org. For museum info, go to www.calautomuseum.org.
Sacramento Children's Chorus. The 20th anniversary of the chorus will be celebrated March 15 at Antiquité Maison Privée (the historic Chatterton Building), 2114 P St. Also a fundraiser, the event will include small plates, wine, desserts, chocolate, silent auction and entertainment. Diana Hess of KFBK will be emcee at the event featuring Paragary's, Sinful Treats, My Chocolate Affair, Barefoot Wines, Sean Minor, James Blake and Dancing Coyote. Tickets are $47 (21 and older); visit www.sacramentochildrenschorus.org.
Child Abuse Prevention Center. "For the Life of a Child" themes the center's fundraiser featuring the sale of raffle tickets at $50 each (only 5,000 will be sold). The winning tickets will be drawn live on Good Day Sacramento (Channel 31) from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 15. Tickets are available at any Lyon Real Estate office, Sharif Jewelers on Howe Avenue or by calling (800) 244-5373. Prize and other information is available at Panera Bread, at www.forthelifeofachild.org or (800) 244-5373. Co-chairs of the project are Kevin Walsh and Rebecca Whitman. The prize list of more than 35 items includes a first-class journey on Amtrak to wine, dine, golf and Hearst Castle, plus a $500 VISA gift card; a one-year lease on a Mercedes Benz GLK from Von Housen; a women's Rolex watch valued at more than $8,000 from Grebitus; a cocktail ring from Sharif; tickets to the US Tennis Open with three nights at Thompson Lower East Side in New York, airfare included, Aug. 25-27; cooking classes for eight children at Mulvaney's; a fun prize package to Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey; several $500 gift cards; and private dinner parties, one sponsored by the Grange, and another with Shannon Berg of Café Bernardo.
Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Club. The grand opening celebration for the new kennels in Granite Bay will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 8700 Golden Spur Drive in Granite Bay. The event will include music, finger food, soft drinks, wine, dessert and silent auction. The nonprofit SPGPC takes in abused, unwanted, abandoned and shelter dogs slated for euthanasia and restores them to health. The club has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to be used to construct and outfit isolation kennels. Call Pam Tobin at (916) 275-0875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing the Gap. Top area patisseries will take part in the Great Cake Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. March 14 at the CSUS Alumni Center. Among those offering dessert samples and cakes for the walk will be Above & Beyond Cakes, the Art Institute of California, Brita's Confections, Cake Castle Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Ettore's European Bakery, San Juan High School's culinary arts program and Rick's Dessert Diner. Tickets are $65; visit www.closingthegapusa.org. Cheryl Miles, president of Closing the Gap's board of directors, said: "Closing the academic achievement gap is imperative to maintaining a competitive workforce and attracting high-paying jobs and enabling Sacramento's economy to thrive."
Sacramento Fine Arts Center. A cross-genre concert of art, poetry and jazz will be presented at 7 p.m. March 16 at the SFAC Galleries, 5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. Musicians from the Dave Brubeck Institute will be on the program, along with poets from the Sacramento Poetry Center who will compose verse inspired by the Animal House art exhibit. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; available at the center or online at www.sdaccfinearts.org.
Gloria Glyer focuses on events raising funds for charity. Email announcements four weeks in advance to email@example.com or mail to Gloria Glyer, The Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento, CA 95852 or call (916) 556-5619.