Gloria Glyer

Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Fairytale Town. Special events have been added to the regular activities at the nonprofit children’s park and educational center in Land Park (entrances to Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo are across the street from each other). Fairytale Town will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19, which is commemorated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Holiday admission will be $5.50 anyone age 2 and older (children 1 and younger are free).

The next big event will be Sacramento Museum Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7. The event returns for its 17th year with half-price or free admission at nearly 256 museums, including Fairytale Town, which will collect an admission of $2.75.

Museum Day is designed to encourage members of the community to experience the region’s wealth of art, history, science and wildlife at little cost. Call (916) 808-7462 or visit

Established in 1959, Fairytale Town’s mission is to promote the imagination, creativity and education of children. It is home to play sets based on favorite fairy tales and nursery rhymes, three interactive learning gardens and two performing arts stages.

Friends of Sacramento Public Library. Gently used books, videos, audio books and sheet music will be featured at the warehouse sale from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11 at the Friends Warehouse, Suite E, 8250 Belvedere Ave. (just south of 14th Avenue between Power Inn Road and Florin-Perkins Road). For $6, buyers can gather as many items that can be stuffed into a grocery bag. (Buyers are encouraged to bring their own paper-handled bags.).

A preview sale will be held for Friends members from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 9. (Memberships will be on sale at the door for $15.) Income from sale days help pay for programs, equipment and materials local libraries need but cannot afford. Call (916) 731-8493 or visit

Eppie’s Great Race. The 42nd running of the race will be July 18 on the American River Parkway. Proceeds benefit recreation programs for those with mental and/or physical disabilities. The running/cycling/paddling event is open for participants, volunteers and donations. For more information, email or

Maidu Museum & Historic Site. “Night Out at the Museum” will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the museum, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville. Featured during the Third Saturday Art Walk will be the opening art reception for “Indians, Irony and Identity,” curated by Judith Lowry. Featured speaker will be Dr. Brian Baker, director of Native American studies at California State University, Sacramento. Light refreshments will be available; there is no admission for the program. Visit

Pioneer Mutural Hook & Ladder Society. The 24th annual crab feed will be Jan. 24 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 58th and M streets. A donation of $45 includes dinner and live music. No-host cocktails will be available beginning at 6 p.m.; dinner is served at 7 p.m. Pioneer is kicking off a fundraising campaign to acquire a permanent location for a museum of historical artifacts and rolling stock associated with the history of fire service in and around the Sacramento area. Pioneer also plans to have an educational component of the museum to teach fire safety to younger generations.

For tickets and/or information, call Craig Barmby at (916) 686-8395 or Ed Basurto at (916) 457-9998. Checks made out to PMH&L may be mailed to Craig Barmby at P.O. Box 545, Amador City, CA 95601-0545.

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.