The Africa Hope Fund. A home on the Garden Highway will be transformed into a safari setting for the fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on July 20. Proceeds will provide education for the next generation of Africans to ensure their future by saving wildlife and natural resources. Carol Van Bruggen will host the fundraiser and educational event featuring authentic African cuisine, music, dance and art by local performers. The Sacramento River Safari is $100. Auction items include safari-style trips. Visit www.safariontheriver.com or call (916) 486-8700.
Van Bruggen, local businesswoman and Sacramento community arts activist, has connected with Will Rogers Middle School and provides Sacramento students with the opportunity to compare and share their conservation efforts with those of children in Africa while learning more about the culture of young people in a very different part of the world.
Highlights of Van Bruggen’s African efforts: Raised money to build a seventh-grade class at Uyobe school (Point West Rotary contributed to the project), helped build homes for teachers and rebuild classrooms, raised money for English reading books, raised funds for laptops, bought solar-powered flashlights; bought supplies for a dentist; helped start the first Rotary Club in Mfuwe Village in Zambia; and helped the Lilayi Elephant Orphanage.
A pair of beneficiaries. Alliance Francaise de Sacramento and the Sacramento French Film Festival will benefit from the fifth annual waiters race festivities from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 18th and L streets. Inspired by the race in Paris, Sacramento’s Bastille Day waiters will attempt to make it to the finish line without spilling water or dropping the tray altogether. A maximum of 50 participants will be allowed. The event will include the kids waiters race at 1 p.m., live French music, mini French lessons, free food samples, drink vendors, photo booth, face painting and balloon art. In France, La Fete Nationale marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.
My Sister’s House. The show themed “Art With a Heart” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 17 at Gallery 2110, at 2110 K St., Sacramento. The exhibit of art will be augmented with music, entertainment and refreshments. Proceeds will help support the services of My Sister’s House for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. Tickets are two are $50 and will be on sale through Thursday July 10; $35 each after that date. Call (916) 930-0626. My Sister’s House has an ongoing fundraiser with My Sister’s Cafe at 455 Capitol Mall, No. 10. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cafe, with volunteer staff, is open to the public.
Make-A-Wish. “Wine, Wedges & Wishes” themes the golf tournament Aug. 8 at Rancho Murieta Country Club with 11 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start. Presenting the tournament will be KFBK’s Ed Crane, who has had personal experience with Make-A-Wish. Expect a bag valet, raffle, tee prizes, awards dinner, auction and premiere wine tasting. For golfers, it’s $700 for a foursome; $185 for a single. Nongolfers may join the players for dinner for $50. Program highlight will be the Live Wish Reveal. Register online at http://mawgolf.kintera.org or call (916) 692-3928.
UC Davis Ovarian Cancer Research. The second annual Roberta J. Schneider ovarian cancer bike ride will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 starting at William Pond Park, 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael. (The park has a $5 vehicle parking fee). “The Good, The Bad, The Balanced” themes the ride, which will have three mileage options. Coffee and pastries by Peet’s Coffee & Tea will precede the ride, with Bella Bru snacks post-ride. Registration fee is $55 ($75 on race day). Proceeds will be for ovarian cancer research with the R.J. Schneider Trust and the UC Davis Cancer Research Center. Visit thegoodthebadthebalanced.org or call (916)444-8719
Sacramento Fine Arts Center. The center’s annual open show will be from July 29 through Aug. 16 at 5330B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. Artists interested in submitting their work may download the entry form at www.sacfinearts.org. A reception will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Phone: (916) 716-5951.
California Waterfowl. The state convention will begin with hosted bar, appetizers and dinner at 5 p.m. July 18 at the CWA Headqurters, 1346 Blue Oaks Blvd., Roseville. Activities on July 19 will include the CWA Pacific Flyway duck and goose calling contest. For details, all (916) 648-1406, ext. 104.