The 17th annual Race for the Arts. The event will be Aug. 22, with William Land Park the start and finish site. Same-day registration begins at 7 a.m. (To sign up before the big day, visit www.raceforthearts.com.) The kids fun run will begin at 8:10 a.m., with the 5K run/walk stepping off at 8:35. Participant fees range from $15 to $35, depending on age and date of entry. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
Registration includes an event T-shirt, refreshments by Applebee’s and Pizza Rock, and exclusively designed socks by Trumpette. Call (916) 966-8893 or visit
Special features will include the instrumental discovery zone with a variety of activities including face painting, dance step instruction, hands-on projects and an art sale. Sacramento County Library will have its Bookmobile on site and food trucks will have treats on sale. Nonstop entertainment will fill the amphitheater stage.
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Race for the Arts supports nonprofit visual, performing, cultural and literary arts organizations in addition to school music, drama and literary art programs. The runners/walkers receive 100 percent of pledges designated to them and they pick who the pledges support. For the past 16 years, 214 groups have participated in and/or benefited from the race.
The traditional kick-off event called Off to the Races, which has been held over the past 16 years, will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Pavilions Shopping Center. Tickets are $50 per person; reservations are available via the contact information above.
American River Parkway Foundation. The inaugural Summer Solstice Gala Dinner will be from 6 to 9 p.m. June 27 at the William B. Pond Recreation Area. Featured music will be the jazz ensemble from the Rio Americano High School Jazz Band. Zonca’s will cater the dinner with local beers and wines. Proceeds will raise money and awareness for the foundation programs.
Individual tickets are $150; for corporate tables and sponsorships, email Jennifer Fuss at email@example.com orc all (916) 486-2773. Tickets are available at 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 95608.
Junior Achievement. Cheers for Children 2015 will be from 7 to 10 p.m. June 19 in Granite Bay at a private home. An “Old Hollywood” theme will prevail. Committee members report that the event will feature “fabulous food, fancy cocktails and fantastic auction items.” Reservations are available at various levels: VIP table for eight with special drinks and reserved seating will be $1,200 (plus a $43.95 fee); VIP package for four with special drinks and reserved seating is $600 (plus a $25.95 fee); general admission is $125. Valet service will be provided. For more ticket details, call (916) 480-2770, ext. 12.
C.L.U.B. Building leadership is the goal of the new organization being encouraged by SMUD. On the calendar is a “brain healthy” dinner at 6 p.m. June 20 at Giovanni Hall, St. Mary’s Church, 1333 58th St. The event will include live music, craft beer tasting, silent auction and more. On the menu: grilled salmon, fresh vegetables with grilled chicken and vegan options. Tickets are $45 person (includes one drink ticket). A reserved table for 10 is $500 (includes wine served at the table). The purpose of the group is to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia in the community and to assist local senior day care programs.
For reservations and more information, email BLTalent@smud.org.
Tree planting. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees from 7:30 to noon June 13 at 5211 Patrol Road, on the west side of McClellan Park near Watt Avenue and Interstate 80. Participating groups will include SMUD, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Southside Rental Equipment. The former radar dome at the park currently houses the Wildlife Care Association, which provides intake, care and release for displaced or injured wildlife in the region.
There will be 21 trees planted on the 2-acre site. According to the Wildlife Care Association, the drought-tolerant native trees will receive recycled washing machine rinse water to help them become established. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Sara Cobos at (916) 965-WILD (965-9453) or visit www.wildlifecareassociation.com.
100+Women. Being established is a new giving circle called 100+ Women Who Care Sacramento Valley. According to Jennifer Shaw, members commit to meet once a quarter and donate $100 to a prenominated charity selected by a majority vote. Check it out at www.100wwcsacvalley.org.
Foster Care. Donations of new clothing for all sizes from infant to adult are being sought for children in foster care through June 23 at Sleep Train stores in the area. According to Sleep Train’s Brenna Sussman, children entering foster care have only the clothes they are wearing. Items most needed: Jeans, T-shirts, socks, undergarments and sweatshirts. The special clothing drive is being conducted through June 21. Visit www.sleeptrainfosterkids.com.
Gloria Glyer focuses on events raising funds for charity. Email announcements four weeks in advance to email@example.com or mail to Gloria Glyer, The Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Scramento CA 95852 or to P.O. Box 549, Chicago Park, CA 95712.