Gloria Glyer

Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Sierra Forever Families. The Rotary Club of Point West and the Point West Rotary Club Foundation will present the 13th annual Festa di Vino from 6:30 to 10 p.m. March 28 at the California Auto Museum, 2200 Front St. More than 20 restaurants and 20 wineries will offer samples and sips at the event, which will include a live auction and dancing. Tickets in advance are $55; $65 at the door. Proceeds will support Sierra Forever Families and other programs benefiting children in need. Visit

Sacramento Children’s Chorus. The fifth annual Harmony of Tastes will be at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. Local wines and craft beer, along with savory bites and sweet treats, will be served. Other features include musical entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $35, available at The SCC is composed of five choirs with more than 150 singers, varying in age from elementary and middle school to high school and first year of college. Lynn Stevens, founder, said: “We strive to develop skilled, passionate and confident students through exceptional music education and performance experiences.” The choirs sing in many languages and honor diverse cultures and religions. The goal is to grow the chorus to serve at least 200 singers in the region. Fundraising events will provide scholarships to families who are unable to afford full tuition.

KVIE. The public television station will have its third show in its new gallery, with the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the studio, 2030 West El Camino Ave. Featured will be the works of Maureen Hood, a native Californian who has her degree in art from the University of California, Davis. She studied with Robert Arneson and William Wiley and has a master’s in mixed media from California State University, Sacramento. Tutored by William Allan and Jack Ogden, Hood was an art teacher at Deterding Elementary School and Mira Loma High School before she retired. Visit or email

Bella Vista High School. The parking lot will be the site of an e-waste recycling and used-clothing drive, as well as a car wash, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28. Televisions, computers, copiers, scanners, DVD players, digital cameras, small appliances and other miscellaneous electronics will be collected in partnership with the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corp. and California Electronic Asset Recovery. A $5 donation is requested to support the Bella Vista Science Olympiad team and the library, with used-clothing donations supporting Bella Vista grad night.

DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies). Volunteerism will be celebrated from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern/California, 2425 Stockton Blvd. The reception will honor the volunteer coordinator of the year and the Margaret Einspahr youth volunteer of the year. A $500 scholarship will be presented to each winner.The awards began with the support and efforts of Margaret Einspahr, one of the founders of DOVIA and volunteer coordinator for the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services for many years. The award was founded to honor Einspahr’s legacy in the field of volunteer management and as one of the founders of DOVIA. Serving as judges for this year’s award are Dr. Bill Wittich, nonprofit/volunteerism expert and author; Tina Reynolds, founder/principal of Uptown Studios; and Tricia Roosenbaum, Nonprofit Resource Center’s executive director.

Contact Cole Forstedt at or call (916) 856-3983.

Shoe Drive. Foster kids will be the recipients of shoes in the annual drive sponsored by Sleep Train. The goal is to collect 25,000 pairs for foster children. Donations of cash or new shoes will be accepted at local stores. Donations may be made online at

(If shopping for shoes, keep in mind that shoes in all sizes are needed from infant to adult, with athletic shoes the most requested type.)

Sierra Wildlife Rescue. Classes in rehabbing orphaned and injured wild animals are ongoing with sessions held at the Wildllife Center, 3030 Newtown Road, Placerville. Advance reservations are requested at (530) 621-2650. On the schedule are rehabbing opossums at 10 a.m. and rehabbing rabbits at 1 p.m., both on Saturday; “See Me, Hear Me, Touch Me” at 1 p.m. March 21; and an introduction to El Dorado County Wildlife at 7 p.m. March 25.

Ronald McDonald House Charities will sponsor the annual Red Shoe Crawl from 1 to 5 p.m. June 28. The sixth annual event will feature culinary treats at a selection of restaurants, with supporters strolling from site to site in their red shoes, a trademark of Ronald McDonald. Visit or call (916) 734-4230.

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.