Gloria Glyer: Sacramento-area fundraisers

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am

•  Sacramento Zoological Society. “Once Upon a Wild Affair” will be presented for the 18th time on Oct. 5 at the zoo, Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road. The affair from 5 to 10 p.m. will include guided behind-the-scenes tours that are held only once a year offering visits with the inhabitants from the monkeys to the lemurs and the Sumatran tiger cub. Hosted specialty cocktails and appetizers will be served in a spacious tent, where the Patrick Mulvaney-designed dinner will be served. In the honoree spotlight will be Starr W. Hurley, past society board president. About Hurley, Mary Healy, director CEO of the zoo, said: “Starr W. Hurley is the most passionate and enthusiastic board member I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is a tireless champion for the zoo who takes time to connect with the staff and truly embrace the zoo’s mission to be wildly inspiring.” Among live auction items will be a dinner party at the zoo and an overnight at Safari West. Dress is cocktail style; complimentary valet parking available. Tickets are $175 per person; table sponsorship for eight is $1,600. Call (916) 808-8815 or visit

•  American Red Cross. The Tiffany Circle, Society of Women Leaders of the Red Crosss, will present Tablescapes 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Pottery World, 4419 Granite Drive, Rocklin. Interior designers, event planners, florists and artists will showcase themed table setting displays featuring ideas for all occasions including the holidays. Live music, wine tasting and light refreshments are part of the event. Those attending will be invited to vote for the best design; tables also will be judged by a panel of local celebrities. Tickets are available for $30 at or call (916) 993-7082. Tickets at the door: $35. In addition to funds raised through admissions, Pottery World will offer 15 percent off all purchases at the event with 10 percent of sale proceeds going directly to the ARC. Tiffany Circle is a leadership network of women whose goal is to change lives and strengthen communities through a focused investment of time, talent and treasure.

•  Curtis Park. The 23rd annual Curtis Park wine tasting, silent auction and beer garden will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community, 2791 24th St. The event will benefit Sierra 2, McClatchy High School drama and debate clubs, and the Bret Harte Elementary School sixth-grade Sly Park trip. Tickets through Oct. 2 are $35 for members, $45 non-members; After that date, tickets will be $50. Visit or at the Sierra 2 Center office. Call (916) 452-3005. Sierra 2 Center is a designated historical landmark in the city.

•  Placer SPCA. “Woof Wine & Dine” will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Mercedes Benz of Rocklin, 4747 Granite Drive, Rocklin. Canines and their human companions (both canines and humans must be well-behaved) may mingle and sample food, wine and beer. Features will include the Roseville Rotary Mutt-ini bar, basket raffle, musical entertainment and activities for all. On the canine menu will be canine treats and products plus pampering stations with nail art, grooming and couture. Individual tickets are $50; purchase on line at or in person at Placer SPCA, 150 Corporation Yard Road, Roseville; call (916) 782-7722, ext. 102; (530) 885-7387 ext. 102 That’s the same number to call to become a sponsor.

•  HealthCorps (no space) and Eskaton. The first Capital Region Women’s Conference on Health & Wealth will be Friday at the Sacramento Convention Center. Lisa Oz will be the first of several keynote speakers. The conference will include panel discussions, marketplace, workout session (activewear encouraged), a program on new technology, VIP lunch and more. The event is part of the Farm-to-Fork Week activities in Sacramento. Tickets are $50, $75 and $150; go to The mission of HealthCorps is to fight obesity in children; Eskaton’s mission is to transform the aging experience of seniors throughout the region.

•  Friends of Light Rail & Transit. The 26th anniversary of Sacramento’s Light Rail System will be celebrated from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St. Local wines will be poured, Crisp Catering will present the food. Call (916) 447-1960 or email for availability of reservations.

•  Women’s Empowerment. The 12th annual celebration of independence gala will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake. The group’s 1,064 graduates will be honored. Women’s Empowerment is a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The gala is $100; for tickets/sponsorships, call (916) 669-2307 or

•  Alpha Fired Arts. A reception for the third annual Ruth Rippon Alumni Show will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Alpha Fired Arts, 4675 Aldona Lane. Rippon, sculptor and long time Sacramento State instructor is known for her outdoor sculptures of The Lollies (little old ladies) at the Pavilions Shopping Center. Contact Brian Tanner at (916) 484-4422 or The show will run throughOct. 26. Apha Fired Arts promotes the benefits of clay art instruction for children and provides educational resources for teachers and schools in the area.

•  Friends of Orangevale Library. The fourth annual “Oodles of Noodles” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Grange Hall, 5807 Walnut, Orangevale. The spaghetti dinner will include strawberry shortcake for dessert. The event will benefit both Friends and the Grange. Friends also are planning a book drive to help stock the library bookstore and offer an opportunity for patrons to shop for books. Oodles tickets are $10 adult, $5 per child under 12. Pick up tickets at the OV Library, which was established in 1912, at 8820 Greenback Lane, Orangevale; or visit the Orangevale library website.

•  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Delta Wine & Art Faire will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6 at the Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg. The fourth annual outdoor event is family friendly and will include local artists, book signings, live music, wine tasting, food vendors and silent auction. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Go to or purchase at Carvalho Family Winery Tasting Room; call (916) 275-8719.

•  Romanian Community Center. The 12 year anniversary of the Romanian Festival will be from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Royer Park, 190 Park Drive, Roseville. Traditional Romanian food will be available; other features will be a folk costume exposition, handmade crafts, popular art and entertainment. Visit

•  Edible Sac High. The first harvest dinner will be Friday in the garden at Sacramento Charter High School, 2315 34th St., with “mocktail” hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. The family-style meal will feature fresh ingredients from America’s Farm to Fork Capital. Designing the menu will be chef Patrick Mulvaney. Tickets will be on sale to win dinner for two at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Harvest dinner tickets are $125; visit http://bit.lyfirstharvest; for information about the project, go to

•  Florin Road Foundation. Scholarship and community development programs will benefit from the 11th annual Beach Blanket Bingo from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at 2350 Florin Road. The Phoenix Park Performing Arts Academy will present entertainment. Included will be a barbecue buffet, dessert and nonalcoholic beverages. Fee is $45 per person (must be at least 18). Call (916) 424-4230 ext. 1 or email Proceeds help support more than 20 nonprofits.

Gloria Glyer focuses on events raising funds for charity. Email announcements four weeks in advance to or mail to Gloria Glyer, The Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento CA 95852 or call (530) 477-5331.

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