Gloria Glyer: Helping Others

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 - 12:00 am

•  Guns and Hoses Pig Bowl. A crab and shrimp feed will be held Saturday at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., with no-host bar at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Auction, raffle and dancing will follow. Tom Jurin and his crew will prepare the feast. Wonder Bread will play for dancing until 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call Joe Pick at (209) 217-4700 for availability. Tickets for the Wonder Bread show only may be purchased at the door for $10. This year marks the 40th anniversary for the Pig Bowl, which will be Jan. 25 at California State University, Sacramento.

•  Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. “A Celebration of the American Spirit of Adventure” themes the season’s second concert Jan. 18 at the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres at 7:15 p.m. will precede the concert at 8 p.m. The fundraiser is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door. Pete Nowlen will conduct the orchestra in a program including the theme from “The Magnificent Seven,” “Hoe-Down” from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo and “American River,” music of George Gershwin and Stephen Foster. A silent auction will include original artwork, gift certificates to area restaurants and more. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

•  Library Friends. Gently used books, videos, records and books on cassette will be on sale at the Stuff a Bag sale Saturday and Sunday at the warehouse, Suite E, 8250 Belvedere Ave. (just south of 14th Avenue between Power Inn Road and Florin-Perkins Road). Sale hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Shoppers are invited to stuff a grocery bag at the clearance sale (children’s picture books will be excluded from the sale). Some bags will be available, but shoppers are encouraged to bring their own paper-handled grocery bags. Friends members may attend a preview from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (memberships will be available at the door for $15). Income from the sale helps pay for programs, equipment and materials local libraries need but cannot afford. The Friends Book Den at the warehouse will be open during the sale with most items priced individually from $3; all items except display case books will be on sale at 10 percent off (20 percent off for members). The store also is open weekly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; call (916) 731-8493 or email

•  Kingsley Art Club. Self-taught artist Jack Alvarez will present the Kingsley program Wednesday in the Setzer Auditorium at the Crocker Art Museum. Program time will be 1:15 p.m., with doors opening at 1 p.m. Alvarez, whose work has been shown throughout California and the West since the early 1970s, has taken familiar symbols and icons and placed them out of context. Alvarez has said: “It has always been my passion to dwell in the world of my cultural ancestry. Using iconography of the ancient indigenous peoples of the Americas has always allowed me to explore their mystical ways. Although all my work will have the sense of the Native American past running through it.” The Crocker has his work in its permanent collection as well as the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago. For Kingsley information, visit

•  Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento. To mark January at National Mentoring Month and in partnership with ReUseIt, BB/BS is hosting a monthlong clothing drive. Clothing as well as household items may be donated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the ReUseIt stations: 4395 Rocklin Road, Rocklin; 7770 Auburn Road, Citrus Heights; and 5005 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento. In addition to useable clothing and accessories, other items may include backpacks, bedding and linens, housewares, hardware, toys, sporting goods and small working appliances. All donations to ReUseIt during the month will benefit BB/BS; donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be available. Visit

•  Gold Lion Arts. The Equation Art of Greg La Traille will be featured at the Second Saturday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 2733 Riverside Blvd. (Gold Lion Arts). La Traille, a classical composer as well as a visual artist, has been drawing and painting since childhood. His early interest in music was perked by his father’s love of Igor Stravinsky and jazz and his mother’s love of Broadway musicals. While in high school, he composed piano music, chamber music and orchestral works. During the 1990s, La Traille was the overseas classical music sales director for Tower Records. As an artist, he has worked in oils, pencil and pen and ink. For information, call (916) 281-0400 or email


•  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Passport to a Cure gala will be March 22 at the Arden Hills Country Club. The “Find a Cure” portion of the program will provide guests the opportunity to help fund research grants in increments ranging from $100 to $100,000. Sponsorships are available; contact Claighton Byrn at (916) 920-0790 or

Make-A-Wish will stage its 26th annual Winter Wine & Food Fest from 5 to 10 p.m. March 1 at the Sacramento Convention Center. More than 120 wineries, breweries and restaurants will provide the sips and samples. A silent auction will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. For VIP ticket holders, there will be a sit-down dinner, live auction and a live wish revealed for a local child. General admission tickets are $85 ($100 at the door); VIP tickets are $185 in advance ($200 at the door). Visit or call (916) 692-3928.

Soroptimist International of Sacramento. The Crab Fiesta will be Feb. 15 at St. Mary’s Giovanni Hall, 58th and M streets, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and crab serving starting at 7 p.m. Auction action will include a dessert bar. Proceeds will support Tubman Village, a program of Waking the Village, which provides 18 months’ transitional housing and other life skills training and support for local women and children. Fiesta tickets are $50; call (916) 709-6748 or visit (online ticket sales begin Wednesday.

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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