Gloria Glyer

Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Fairytale Town. The eighth annual “Farms, Friends and Fairytale” will prevail from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16 in William Land Park. The celebration of all things agriculture will feature live sheep shearing, wool spinning, animal introductions and festivities for the entire family. The sheep shearing will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The sheep wool then will be spun into yarn using an old-fashioned spinning wheel.

Multiple agriculture themed hands-on activities will be featured. Children can learn to make ice cream, create a sheep puppet with real sheep wool, and plant cherry tomatoes in a biodegradable container. Local area farms and organizations will share agriculture based information and products.

Kathy Fleming, Fairytale Town’s executive director, said: “Most urban children do not have the chance to see live farm animals up close. Fairytale Town is an unique environment where children can learn how animals contribute to society as well as present the fairytales children know so well.” Whole Foods Market and SAFE Credit Union are sponsoring. Admission is $5.50 for ages 2 and older, and free for ages 1 and younger. Call (916) 808-7462

Greater Sacramento Urban League. The 15th annual Unity Ball will be April 30 at the Hyatt Hotel. All proceeds will go toward providing education, job training and job placement for youths in the community. Contact James Shelby at (916) 286-8656 for availability of a reservation or to provide support for the league.

American Cancer Society. The 24-hour Relay for Life of Roseville will begin May 2with Cooley Middle School, 9300 Prairie Wood Way, Roseville, the start/finish line. The 9 a.m. opening ceremony and celebratory cancer survivors lap will begin at 9 a.m. May 2. At 9 p.m., community members who have battled cancer will be honored and remembered in a luminaria ceremony. The closing ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. May 3.

During the relay, teams will camp out at Cooley Middle School and participants will take turns walking around the track. Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event of the ACS and proceeds support cancer research, cancer education and prevention efforts, and free information and services for people with cancer. Visit or contact Kelly Ackenheil at

Pence Gallery. Ten gardens will be included on the annual self-guided tour from noon to 5 p.m. May 3 in Davis neighborhoods west of Highway 113. Additional features will include a silent auction, complimentary refreshments and information from vendors and master gardeners, especially on low-water gardening. Tickets are $20 for Pence members, $25 for nonmembers ($29 on tour day). Ticket locations include Newsbeat, Beyond the Garden Gate, Redwood Barn and Pence, 212 D St., Davis. The tour supports Pence’s exhibit and education programs. For more than 25 years, the tour has provided the opportunity to view gardens chosen for their diversity, overall design and interesting use of plants and grasses. For more information, call (530) 768-3370.

Alpha Fired Arts. The second annual Teapot Show is being held through May 30 at Alpha Fired Arts Gallery, 4675 Aldona Lane. Once again, the show is being held in conjunction with Art League of Lincoln’s America’s Clayfest III at Blue Line Arts. Teapots in all shapes and sizes from classic to wildly exotic have been created by master potters and ceramic sculptors. Award-winning teapots were created by Sherron Totter, Julia Feld and Gerry Mamola. Contact Brian Tanner at (916) 484-4422.

El Camino Fundamental High School. The EC radio station, KYDS 91.5 FM, will have a 45-hour broadcast from 3 p.m. May 1 to 11 a.m. May 3 to raise funds for its music licensing fees, repair old equipment, buy new equipment and fund consumable supplies. The DJs will auction prizes starting at half their retail value with groups of prizes closing every two hours. The San Juan Unified School District does not fund the station. Call (916) 971-7453.

Sierra Wildlife Rescue. Funds to provide wildlife rescue will be raised at what is being called a non-event: A “Wildlife Baby Shower” with no tickets to buy, no luncheon to attend, no gifts to purchase. Wildlife Rescue requests supporters send checks to help with the rehabilitation programs. In the past year, SWR rehabilitated 1,164 orphaned and injured wild mammals and birds. Among animals rehabbed last year were 613 songbirds at a cost of $20 each, 84 raptors ($50 each), 27 fawns ($225 each), 150 squirrels ($75 each), two foxes ($300 each), six coyote pups ($600 each), and 88 rabbits ($40 each). Send contributions to P.O. Box 2127, Placerville, CA 95667, or go online to

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.