• River City Food Bank. The 11th annual Empty Bowls soup fundraisers will be on a pair of days in March at the Sacramento Convention Center with the supper soup from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 10 and lunchtime soup at two seatings March 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Each ticket includes the gourmet soup plus a handmade bowl created and donated by professional potters, glass artists, wood turners and area students. Those attending may choose from more than 1,500 bowls that are being created by local artists. Among restaurants providing soup will be Cafe Bernardo, Chops Steakhouse, Classique Catering, Grange Restaurant and Bar, Lucca Restaurant, Bar R15, Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar, Cafe Europa and Captal Dime. Added to the soup supper will be wine, appetizers, breads and dessert from Classique Catering. Lunchers will have soup plus bread, cookies and beverages. The 2013 Empty Bowls was attended by more than 1,300 and raised more than $100,000, 96 percent of which directly funded River City Food Bank programs. The goal this year is to raise more than $125,000. Supper tickets are $60; luncheon $30; sponsorships with amenities are available. Go online at www.rivercityfoodbank.org/empty-bowls or visit the Avid Reader at the Tower, 1600 Broadway or the Cathedral Bookshop, 2620 Capitol Ave.
• Sacramento Youth Symphony. The second annual Magic of Music, a food and wine event, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Highlight will be musicians from the youth symphony performing during the event, which will include samples from area restaurants and wineries plus a silent auction. Tickets are $35 per person; visit www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org or call (916) 731-5777.
• Sacramento Zoo. Texas Hold-em Showdown, a poker fundraiser, will be Sunday at the Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg, with lunch and drinks at 11 a.m. and noon starting time for the games. A $100 buy-in includes a seat at the Old Sugar Mill with grub, wine, beer, local celebrities, prizes and more. Among raffle prizes will be Sacramento Kings tickets, golf foursomes, VIP wine tastings and more. Prizes for the top three players are a Mulvaney’s B&L dinner for eight in the Snug Room; a Safari West overnight stay with dinner and a tour for two adults and two children; or 50 Chipotle burritos. All proceeds benefit the zoo’s Reptile House renovations, which will include enclosure expansions and creation of more mixed-species exhibits showcasing how they cohabitate. Visit saczoo.org or call (916) 808-8376.
• Yolo County Women’s History Month. Four Yolo County leaders will be honored at the 27th anniversary history month luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6 at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland. Theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. Honorees will be Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, mayor of Winters and principal in a management consulting firm; Paula Lorenzo-Tackett, Capay Valley restaurateur and former chair of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation; Ann Foley Scheuring of Rumsey, longtime community volunteer and author of scholarly works on California agriculture and UC Davis history; and Nikki Shannon Smith of Woodland, children’s book author and principal of Patwin Elementary School in Davis. Luncheon reservations are $25 per person; sponsorships are available, with Friday the deadline; lunch reservations deadline is Feb. 28. Visit www.ycwhm.org.
• Gold Country Chaplaincy and Boots to Books at Sierra College. The fifth annual Red, White & Blue Dance recognizing American Armed Forces and veterans will be from 7 to 10 p.m. March 14 at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall, 5925 Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis. Party plans include raffle prizes, no-host bar and music by Flat Busted. Organizer Sheila Lee said: “This year’s dance will give special tribute to American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive by the Taliban since 2009. The annual dance is dedicated to American armed forces, veterans and their families. We will be displaying photos of those who are serving or have served on the Wall of Honor.” Lee is a member of Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin, which is helping with the event. She said: “Every year, Loomis Soroptimist members support this project that honors those who have courageously served our country.” Dance tickets are $15 per person, $25 double. Tickets are available online at www.goldcountrychaplaincy.com or at the door. Call (916) 660-2059.
• Casa Garden Restaurant. A pair of special events are on the calendar for March at the Casa, which raises funds for the Sacramento Children’s Home. Sips of red and/or white wine will be poured at the lunch social beginning at 11:30 a.m. March 4 at the Casa, 2760 Sutterville Road. BellaGrace Vineyards of Sutter Creek will pour the wine. Menu choices: three-cheese garden lasagne or chicken Caesar salad with latte mocha torte for dessert. Reservations are a must with open seating. The St. Patrick’s luncheon celebration will be March 11 with two seatings: 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. On the menu: traditional corned beef with steamed potatoes and pea/pecan slaw or chicken Caesar salad; almond cake framboise for dessert. Tickets for lunch are $22, tax and gratuity included; reservations are a must; call (916) 452-2809.
• Fairytale Town. Dr. Seuss’ birthday will be celebrated with a read-aloud of his books from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at the children’s park and educational center in William Land Park. Among readers will be Angelique Ashby, Sacramento mayor pro tem; Kevin McCarty, Sacramento City Council member; Sacramento River Cats mascot Dinger; emcee Mike on the Mic; Donna Apidone of Capital Public Radio; and from The Sacramento Bee: Cheryl Dell, publisher; and Pam Dinsmore, community affairs director. A variety of Seuss-inspired hands-on activities are planned; the creations may be taken home as souvenirs. The Seuss celebration marks the kickoff of United Way California Capital Region’s STAR readers book drive. The drive benefits the readers project that is working to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills. The Seuss celebration is included with paid park admission; weekend admission is $5.50 adults and children ages 2 and older; free for children 1 year and younger. Call (916) 808-7462 or visit www.fairytaletown.org.
• Roseville Home Start. The new quarterly training program will begin Thursday at 410 Riverside Ave., Roseville. Training sessions cover opportunities, program rules, confidentially issues, boundaries when interacting with residents and more. Reservations are a necessity; for information, call (916) 782-6667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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