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Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Francis House Center. Feast IN the Streets will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at 15th and C streets. The 24th annual feast will celebrate the 45th year of the center’s serving families and individuals who are homeless and in poverty. The communal meal will feature tastings from what are described as the “hottest” food trucks and restaurants. Liquid refreshments of wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase. The Vintage Vandals rockabilly band will perform. In addition, a belly dance fusion set will be presented by the Nusku Tribe and a fire performance with Up in Smoke will conclude the event. According to Francis House, its mission is to provide relief, resources and hope to families and individuals to help transform their lives from a struggle for survival to a plan for success. The goal is to raise $75,000.

Los Ninos Service League. The inaugural Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (final seating at 1 p.m.) Sunday, May 10, at the Casa, 2760 Sutterville Road. Presented in traditional buffet style, the brunch will be $25 per person (coffee/tea included). Mimosas will be available at $3 each (other beverages also will be on sale). Reservations may be made at (916) 452-2809. The Casa provides support for the Sacramento Children’s Home, where it is located facing Sutterville Road. Lunch is served daily featuring a set weekly menu; reservations are recommended.

PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society). The Pat Derby Celebratory Birthday Tea will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at the Linde Lane Tea Room, 140 N. Jackson St. in Dixon. Ed Stewart, PAWS president and Pat Derby’s partner for 37 years, will share stories about Pat and the animals she loved and explain how PAWS continues to lead the way in protecting captive exotic animals. Hosting the event will be Kitty O’Neal of KFBK and Kristina Wiley, DDS, proprietor of the Linde Lane Tea Room. Prizes will be awarded for the best animal themed hats and tiaras. A five-course vegetarian lunch will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center, a veterinary clinic/hospital under construction at PAWS’ ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas. For more information, email or call (209) 745-2606.

Junior Achievement. Cheers for Children will be presented from 7 to 10 p.m. June 19 at the Granite Bay home of Joanna and Roger Ward. “Old Hollywood” will theme the event, which will include cocktails, appetizers and a live auction under the stars. Visit

ALS Association. “A Night in Havana” is on the calendar for June 19 with Arden Hills Resort as the place. Cocktail hour with passed appetizers will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Raffle tickets will be on sale; among the prizes will be 100 bottles of wine. The wine dinner will begin at 7 p.m. with Marianne McClary of “Good Day Sacramento” as emcee. David Sobon will wield the gavel for the auction. Wonderbread 5 will play for dancing; a courtyard cigar bar with rum tasting will be open. More commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. Call (916) 979-9265 or visit

Pollock Pines-Camino Chamber of Commerce. The Camino Jubilee Community fundraiser will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Crystal Basin Bistro, 3590 Carson Road, Suite B. Vendors from throughout the area will feature items ranging from arts and crafts to jewelry to health and wellness, in addition to special games for children. Live music will be featured. El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity is serving as a partner with the chamber to present the event, hosted by Crystal Basin Bistro. Tickets are $23 per person; the ticket includes one appetizer and one glass of wine or beer. For more information or to participate as a last-minute vendor, contact the chamber at (530) 409-9535.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Light of Hope will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 28 at Beatnik Studios, 723 S St. The eighth annual event will include an art auction featuring pieces created and donated by CASA youths and other children. Dance performances by children will be featured, along with live music. Wine will be poured and hors d’oeuvres served at themed food stations. Visit

Wind Youth Services. Tickets have gone on sale for the Summer Soiree fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight July 24 at the Scott Gregory home. Cocktails, food tasting, art auction and dancing are on the program. For ticket/sponsorship information, email Sarah Mullins at

KVIE Public Television. New works by painter Laurie Winthers are featured in the current exhibit at the KVIE Gallery. An artist reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14 at the studio; the reception is free and open to the public. A fifth-generation Californian, Winthers has chosen to focus on color studies of a field near her home for the exhibit. The gallery is at the KVIE studios, 2030 West El Camino Ave., and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Sacramento Zoo. The 14th annual Swingin’ Golf Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, May 8, at Teal Bend Golf Club, 7200 Garden Highway. Features will include continental breakfast and 10 a.m. shotgun start. Snacks along the way will include Vic’s ice cream. Special contests will include a marshmallow tee, closest to the pin, and a one-club-only hole. The Animal Ambassador dinner will follow. For the possibility of a last-minute sign up, call (916) 808-7446 or email

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.