• Autism Research and Awareness. Ales for Autism themes the fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan Park. Craft and home brewers will be the stars of the event, which also will have cuisine and fine art. More than 30 craft breweries, three cideries and a variety of emerging artists will be featured. Christopher Davis-Murai, who is known as Sacramento’s bicycle chef, will be the culinary director (he is slated to open a new venture called Oak Park Brewing Co. this year). Among special guests from the beer community will be Shaun O’Sullivan, 21st Amendment Brewing Co., and Ryan Graham, brewmaster at Track 7 Brewing. VIP ticket holders will participate in a rare-beer hour featuring previously undistributed beers; only 200 tickets are available for the rare-beer hour. The event will include a silent auction featuring art work provided by participating breweries and the artists pavilion. Silent auction proceeds will benefit Ales for Autism. Visit www.artofbeerinvitational.com. Ales for Autism is a nonprofit organization that creates beer-centric events to raise money for autism research, support programs and awareness efforts.
• Legal Services of Northern California. For the 11th year, Legal Services will sponsor the Valentine Run on Feb. 8 at the Macy’s Country Club Plaza parking area. Billed as a walk as well as a run, the event is for all ages: kid-friendly, stroller-friendly (or take advantage of child care for a nominal fee) and canine-companion-friendly. Events will include a 4-mile timed or untimed run or walk, and a 1.8-mile untimed run or walk starting at 8:30 a.m. The half- and quarter-mile fun runs begin at 8 a.m. before the main event. In addition, the event includes a costume competition with participants encouraged to wear hearts on sleeves, socks, hats, tutus and sneakers in competition for prizes: individual (age 13 and above), kid (12 and under), best-dressed team or group and best-dressed pooch. In addition, local lawyers are invited to compete in a friendly competition to determine the winner of the fastest attorney for 2014. Proceeds will be used by LSNC to help individuals and families with housing, put food on their tables, find health care and provide a voice in the fight for justice. Visit www.lsncrun.info or call(916) 551-2164.
• Los Ninos Service League. A wine social lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Casa Garden Restaurant, 2760 Sutterville Road. There will be only one seating this day. Red and white sips will be poured by Heringer Estates Clarksburg, paired with Casa hors d’oeuvres. Entree choices will be braised beef with cabernet sauce or Asian chicken salad with dried cranberries, with Apple Hill walnut cobbler for dessert. It’s $22 per person, including tax and gratuity. The Red Hat fashion show will be Feb. 26 with seatings at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. On the menu for that day will be chicken stuffed with spinach and smoked gouda or black bean tostada salad with grilled chicken breast; dessert: chocolate torte with raspberry coulis. The volunteer Valentine’s dinner will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Casa, 2760 Sutterville Road. The event will be limited to one member and one guest. It’s $16 per person. Reservations are a must for Casa events; call (916) 452-2809; that’s the same number to call for volunteer opportunities.
• Northern California Arts. A free art exhibit open to new artists who have never shown in a juried exhibition will run Jan. 28 through Feb. 15 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. The show is open to artists high school age through adult. Awards will be presented during the Second Saturday reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Sharing the gallery will be WASH, Inc., high school watercolor contest show. Call David Peterson, program director, at (916) 716-5951.
• Sierra Wildlife Rescue. Classes on volunteering and rehabbing will be held this month. Are You Ready to Volunteer themes the session from 10 a.m. to noon, with a repeat from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Road, Placerville. Volunteers provide support in many capacities, including planning fundraisers, serving on committees to attract members and volunteers, publicizing the work, develop funding proposals and participate in outreach events. Reservations are necessary; contact Barbara Barker at (530) 621-2650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Planned Giving Forum. Fundraising Essentials: Making the Ask themes the luncheon program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army Division Headquarters, 1755 N. Freeway Blvd. Visit the forum’s website.
• Sierra Club. A disco dance with a Valentine theme will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 at Clunie Hall in McKinley Park. The dancer with the best disco dance outfit will be honored. Admission is $12.
• Winter Wine & Food Fest. The 26th annual fest will be from 5 to 10 p.m. March 1 at the Sacramento Convention Center with Make-A-Wish as this year’s beneficiary. More than 120 wineries, breweries and restaurants are slated to participate in the sip-and-sample event. For general admission ticket holders, there will be a silent auction from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Those with VIP admission will have a sit-down dinner, live auction and experience a life wish revealed for a local child. General admission is $85 ($100 at the door) and VIP tickets are $185 ($200 at the door). Visit necannv.wish.org or call (916) 692-3928. Tickets also may be purchased through the Sacramento Convention Center box office.
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 (530) 477-5331.