Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region


Contractors Caring for Kids.

The 18th annual toy drive and fundraiser will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Orangevale Community Center, 6826 Hazel Ave.. One of the popular activities at this fun family event is the pie toss, with city and county inspectors as the targets. Additional activities will include the Lego Design build contest, silent auction, big-prize drawings, food, refreshments and a visit from Santa. Contractors Caring for Kids is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising money and toys for children in need.

Among the organizations aided are Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), UC Davis Hospice, Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home and WIND (Works in New Directions) Youth. For more information, contact Michele Zumwalt at or (916)631-8500.


Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Purrses for Pets will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa. Featured at the auction will be purses in the fabulous category, jewelry and accessories. On the menu: hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and cocktails. Proceeds will benefit the more than 11,000 animals cared for at the SPCA, which was established in 1894 and is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals in the Sacramento area. Purrses tickets are $45 for one, $80 for two. Email

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Kondos Gallery.

A variety of works by Northern California artists will be featured at the white elephant sale opening Thursday at the gallery in the Fischbacher Art Building at Sacramento City College. The exhibit/sale will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and the event will continue from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Among artists participating will be J.R, Adan, Ed Bisese, Bill Chambers, Cynthia Charters, Cherie Claus, Garon Curtis, Eric Dahlin, Gioia Fonda, Darrel Forney, Michael Stevens, Elen Van Fleet, Mary Warner and Emily Wilson.

A second fundraiser, the Gregory Kondos Workshop/Painting Demonstration at the gallery, is planned for Dec. 13, 16 and 17. Twenty seats are available for each session at $20 per session. For reservations and more information, call (916)558-2559 or email


Casa Garden Restaurant.

Dreams of Christmas Past will be presented by the VoCALs, a group of local musicians, at the luncheons Thursday at the Casa, 2760 Sutterville Road. Seatings will be at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Entrée choices will be lemon chicken or chipotle Caesar salad with shrimp and tiramisu for dessert. The $22 per person fee includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are a must; group reservations must be made by one person, one check. Call


. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Children’s Home.


Women’s Empowerment.

The stocking drive is underway. The organization seeks 250 stockings and fillers for infants, toddlers, teens and young adults. Donate $30 and a volunteer will do the shopping. Visit


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. Deadline for contributions: Friday; stockings may be dropped off at 1590 North A St., Sacramento.


Maidu Museum & Historic Site.

The All Nations native craft fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville. Native American artisans from California tribes and the Cherokee Nation will present contemporary jewelry, basketry and other handmade crafts from traditional materials. Entertainment will include tribal drumming, traditional music and singing. Visit



Girls on the Run.

The sixth annual flapjack 5K and short stack kids runs will be Dec. 14, with Caleb Greenwood Elementary School (5457 Carlson Drive) as the start/finish site. The pancake breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at $7 per serving. The Kids Short Stack races of 1/4 and 1/2 mile each will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K race slated for 9 a.m. The Fitness Rangers will lead the warm-up. Look for vendor booths and kid-friendly activities, including a tutu-making station and a “happy hair” styling station. Registration fee for the 5K run is $25 ($30 on race day); kids registration is $10.

The Girls on the Run program helps girls in grades 3 through 8 discover confidence through exercise, positive reinforcement and by encouraging role models to help girls. The event will help underwrite scholarships and running shoes for girls at Title I schools.


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Two holiday-themed events are on the calendar. One will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the J.K. Ryan Salon, 425 Fair Oaks Blvd. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The second annual toy drive will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 at Zocala, 1801 Capitol Ave. Gift cards along with toys may be contributed.


Wildlife Care Association.

The 10th annual Nuts and Berries event will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the ballroom at the Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., McClellan Park. The event will include a silent auction, raffle, gift shop, no-host bar and the opportunity to meet the WCA’s educational animals. Light refreshments will be served.

The WCA rehabilitates more than 6,000 local birds each year, as well as other wildlife. Contact Theresa Bielawski at (916)952-4336 or