• CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Tickets are on sale for the 21st annual crab feed from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Giovanni Hall at St. Mary’s Church, 1333 58th St. Arctic “Expedition” themes the feed. Tickets purchased by Tuesday are $50; after that, the price is $55. Go to www.sacramentocasa.org. Sponsorships are available; call Richelle Donaldson at (916) 875-3010.
Party time will include music, a no-host bar with Hoppy Brewing Co. featuring the Arctic Blast cocktail, beer, wine, raffle, silent auction and the crab dinner (chicken and vegetarian options available upon request) with dessert. Appropriate Arctic attire is suggested. CASA Sacramento recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care. CASA provides a nexus between caring support and advocacy within the child welfare system. It costs approximately $1,500 per year to provide a child with an advocate. There are more than 2,500 children in Sacramento who could use a CASA.
Donna Sauter, president, had this to say: “I believe every child who experiences placement in foster care should have a CASA. In our community, we have more than 2,500 children in the court system. In order to expand our program to serve the growing need, we must increase awareness of the program and provide training of new volunteers. As community members, we each have opportunities to contribute to the overall development of our youth. Some of us can participate with a gift of time and energy while others may be able to provide financial support. Fortunately, there also are those who are able to give both.”
An orientation for future CASA volunteers will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8. To RSVP, email Bernadette Behar at bernadette@ sacramentocasa.org or call (916) 875-6460.
• UC Davis School of Medicine. The 34th annual auction and wine tasting benefit will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Education Building, 4610 X St. With “A Red Carpet Event” as theme, attendees are encouraged to wear attire inspired by Hollywood glamour.
Live and silent auctions will be held, music will be live, and food and wine from local entrepreneurs will be served. Sponsors are SAFE Credit Union and Downtown Grid, an online, central hub for local businesses and cultural resources in the city of Sacramento. Proceeds will be used to support community health clinics operated by UC Davis medical students.
For more than 35 years, the students have volunteered hundreds of hours a year in clinics in Sacramento’s inner city neighborhoods, delivering free, culturally sensitive health-care services for uninsured, low-income and other underserved populations. In addition, the clinics train students in delivering primary care services while simultaneously improving access to care. The programs have been recognized nationally as model partnerships between an academic medical center and the community.
• National League of American Pen Women. The Sacramento Branch, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, will have a luncheon program Jan. 11 at River’s Edge Retirement Center. Presenting the program will be Brad Buchanan and Kate Washington-Buchanan, Sacramento authors and publishers. Topic: “The Small Press Today.” Contact Mary L. Johnson at (916) 481-3309.
• Kids Helping Kids. The second annual benefit gala will be Jan. 9 at the Crest Theatre, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and showtime at 7:30 p.m. Headlining the show will be Jon Foreman, singer-songwriter of Switchfoot, along with Brad Corrigan, lead singer of Dispatch. The show includes an opening act with Drew Tabor.
Kids Helping Kids is an entirely student-run nonprofit that began in Santa Barbara. A branch opened in Sacramento this past year; many students are from Del Campo High School. Show tickets range from $15 to $35 and may be purchased through tickets.com, or at the Crest or by calling 800-225-2277. A silent auction and raffle are planned.
The initial event last year raised $26,000; this year’s goal is $50,000. The funds raised have been used to provide backpacks for 116 kindergartners at Howe Avenue Elementary School, school supplies and toys, helping Joseph Jones reach his goal of being a student ambassador to Australia and contributing to Love Light and Melody to help build safe houses in Nicaragua. Visit www.kidshelpingkidssb.org.
• Northern California Arts Inc. The 75th anniversary membership exhibition will be Jan. 2-25 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. The Second Saturday gala reception for the anniversary celebration will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Awards will be presented and visitors will see 75 years of history, best costume award and graffiti wall. Features will include Larry at the piano, food and refreshments, wine and Champagne. The public is invited. Call (916) 716-5951; visit www.sacfinearts.org/nca.
• MLK Celebration. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration dinner, which is in its 15th year, will be Jan. 11 in the Sacramento Convention Center. The event will mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as well as the 15th anniversary of the MLK Celebration. Featured speaker will be Claybourne Carson, Stanford University historian who has devoted most of his professional life to studying the movements King inspired. To be honored will be Judge Vance Raye, presiding justice of the third district court of appeal.
The Sacramento event was founded by Dr. Dorothy Enomoto and her husband, Jerry Enomoto, and the late Robert T. Matsui. Rep. Doris Matsui is an honorary chair. Dorothy Enomoto was a classmate of Martin Luther King. They shared valedictorian honors at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Atlanta. For sponsorship information, contact Michael Alcalay at (916) 925-5080; for tickets, visit mlkcelebration sacramento.com.
• Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. Nominees are being sought for the 2014 Clean Air Awards slated to be presented May 28. The categories for award nominees are: Sustainability for those actively implementing sustainable practices resulting in improved outdoor air quality; leadership for those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in working toward improved air quality in a neighborhood, local community, city or county; and innovative strategy for those who have stepped outside of the business as usual practices to improve outdoor air quality.
Deadline to submit nominees is Jan. 31. For more information, contact Stacy Springer at (916) 444-5900, ext. 209, or via email at email@example.com.
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