• American Cancer Society. The Hope Gala, which celebrates the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 14 at a private home. The Cheers to 100 Years event will include gourmet dining, entertainment, dancing, an auction and more. This will be the fifth Hope Gala, which has raised more than $800,000 for the American Cancer Society. Serving as honorary chair is Simi Chehrazi, who said: “As a cancer survivor, I appreciate the importance of supporting the cancer research community. American Cancer Society works diligently to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and patient support programs and services. After 100 years of saving lives, they are leading the way to working tirelessly to transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable. ” Co-chairwomen are Kim Saca and Liz Davis; distinguished honoree will be Dr. Richard Pan, Ninth District assembly member. The gala is $200. Visit http://main.acsevents.org or call (916) 561-2930. Reservations deadline is Sept 4.
• Safetyville USA. The annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Safety Center, 3909 Bradshaw Road. In addition to winners chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, those attending may vote for the People’s Choice winner. The family event will include interactive activities and demonstrations, raffles and entertainment. Tickets are $5 general, children 5 and under are free. Call (916) 438-3351. The Safety Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 whose mission is to reduce injuries and save lives by providing safety education and training.
• Folsom Historical Society. The 16th annual antiques evaluation day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at 823 Sutter St., Folsom. Family treasures and garage sale finds may be submitted for informal evaluation and identification. A team of volunteer appraisers covering a wide range of specialties will attend. Appraisers include Randall Abbott, Asian and Middle Eastern arts and antiques; Jim and Karen Alkons, fine paintings, watercolors, art on paper; Mark Baker, paper ephemera, postcards, correspondence and letters, historical documents and stamp collections; Gary Cox, a generalist specializing in photographs, furniture, postcards, historical documents and political items; Sylvia Fitzgerald, art glass, sterling silver, original pantings; Robert Flaherty, firearms, military memorabilia and U.S, coins; Dawn Licker, quilts; Nick Nicholson, stringed musical instruments; Roman Oleynik, clocks, pocket watches, watches and jewelry; Kathe Puffer, American Indian baskets, jewelry; Emily Schell, generalist; Greg Tracy, military memorabilia, weapons, and Brian Witherell, generalist specialzsing in Western America. There is no limit of items to be appraised; photographs with dimensions of oversized items may be submitted. Requested donation: $8 for one item, $35 for five items. Call (916) 985-2707 or email info@Folsom History Museum.org.
• Preston Castle Foundation. Wine tasting and Preston Castle tours are planned from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the castle, 900 Palm Drive, 900 Palm Drive in Ione (35 miles southeast of Sacramento, off Highway 104 in Ione). Wines will be poured by 15 different wineries with tasters sampling from commemorative Preston Castle glasses. A new addition will be Turkey Wine Cellars, producer of zinfandels. Other participants will include Amador Cellars, Bella Grace, Bray, Clos du Lac, Drytown, Karmere, Nine Gables, Scott Harvey, Sera Fina, Sobon, Tanis, TKC, Turley, Vino Noceto and Wine Tree Farm. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Music will be by vocalist Val Starr & the Blues Rocket. Docents will be on hand to answer questions about Preston Castle. Jerry Funderburgh and Marie Nutting are co-chairs of the event. Tickets are $40 and are available at Clark’s Corner in Ione or through www.prestoncastle.com. Call (209) 256-3623.
• Gold Bug Quilt Guild. The quilt show will be 10 a.m-5 p.m. Sept. 6 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Church of the Foothills, 2380 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park. Among highlights will be the raffle of a New York Beauty Quilt created of batiks by members of the guild. The show will include a country store, featured exhibit by the Placerville Historical Museum, a basket boutique, silent auction, refreshments and demonstrations. Admission is $7 (good for both days); children under 12 and men are free. Visit www.goldbugquilters.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• United Way. The Day of Caring on Sept. 13 is being billed as a volunteer extravaganza by United Way, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The one-day campaign will kick off the fall fundraising campaign for United Way to reach its goal of completing 90 volunteer projects with its certified nonprofit partners. The Day of Caring will begin at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and rally at Cal Expo. Volunteer projects will begin at 10 a.m. United Way is seeking more than 350 volunteers for 26 projects across five counties: Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo. Sign up at www.yourlocalunitedway.org/dayofcaring. “We’re excited to watch companies, volunteers and nonprofits come together for an amazing day transforming our community through volunteer projects,” said Victoria Kosha, interim United Way president and CEO. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate 90 years of service in this community than to keep doing what we do best – joining hands with people across the region to make a tangible difference.” Among pressing issues receiving emphasis are solutions to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. Projects include STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids.
• Mustard Seed School. The ninth annual Mustard Seed Spin will start at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 29 on the American River Bike Trail with William Pond Park. The event is billed as “A fun bike ride by kids and for kids” with proceeds going to Mustard Seed School for homeless kids. The event includes a helmet check, bike check and safety booth for kids. Post ride events will include lunch, music, bike raffle, bike rodeo and silent auction. A variety of routes are offered: 10k for tiny riders, 20k for kids and families, 40k for older riders and adults. Pre-registration is $25 per rider, with family discount available. Register at http://mustardseedspin.org.
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