Gloria Glyer

Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

River City Food Bank. The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held twice in the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., with the first serving from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 9 and the second from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 10. The evening soup supper will feature local wines, hors d’oeuvres, soups and desserts by Classique Catering. Soups from area restaurateurs will be served at the two lunchtime events. Among those serving soups will be Cafe Bernardo, Chop’s Steakhouse, Grange, Lucca, Scott’s, Cafe Europa, Vizcaya, Evan’s Kitchen, Zocala, Mother and Ambrosia.

Ticket-holders and soup samplers will be able to take their individual soup bowls home. An Empty Bowls work session to create the bowls will be held from 6 to 9 a.m. Feb. 19 in Room 306 at Christian Brothers High School, 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The event will bring together students, faculty, artists and surprise guests to create the ceramic bowls.

Eileen Thomas, executive director of River City Food Bank, said: “This year we welcome guests to our 12th annual Empty Bowls events not just to raise money, but also to raise awareness to the reality that hunger exists in our community in a big way. By partnering with Christian Brothers High School and others for Empty Bowls lead-up events such as the Bowl-a-thon, we keep the hunger conversation at the forefront long before the event itself. The handcrafted bowls serve as a reminder of hunger in the community and the detrimental impact of food insecurity on working families, seniors and the homeless, according to the sponsoring groups.”

Tickets for the evening event are $70. For March 10’s traditional soup lunch and dessert, tickets will be $30. For more details, visit Proceeds will purchase healthful food for the food bank’s emergency grocery program.

Started in 1968 as a food closet, the Food Bank is open every weekday to anyone experience hunger from anywhere in Sacramento County. The bank offers nutritionally balanced, three-day emergency food. According to Thomas, compassion and hope are included. Tickets are available at Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway, or Trinity Cathedral Bookshop, 2620 Capitol Ave.; or call (916) 446-2627.

Central California Hemophilia Foundation. The 16th annual crab feed will be Feb. 21 at the Elks Lodge, Riverside Boulevard and Florin Road. No-host cocktails be available at 6 p.m., with crab time at 6:30 p.m. along with live music. The event supports the foundation’s 38th annual summer camp at Camp Oakhurst. Children from the area with bleeding disorders may attend at no cost to the families. For tickets/information, call Sean Hubbert at

(916) 448-0370 or visit

Easter Seals Society. A benefit stamp show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 28 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m March 29 at the Easter Seals building, 3205 Hurley Way. Admission is free; lunch will be available. The event will have 11 dealers who have pledged a portion of their proceeds to Easter Seals. Contact Joanne Berkowitz at or (916) 455-3659.

Women’s Wisdom Art. A show/sale of art created by participants is being featured at the Valentine show and sale through Feb. 27 at1 1719 25th St. A reception will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday (Valentine’s Day). The art has been created by low-income women in the community who may have health issues and are struggling to better their lives. According to WWA information, the empowering qualities of creating art help the women. The founder is Laura Ann Walton, and among volunteers is Helen Plenert; they work to continue WWA as a free-standing program. Six classes a week are offered at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St. Board members and financial supporters are sought. Visit or e-mail Call (916) 482-2608 or (916) 599-2608.

Yolo County Women’s History Month. The 28th annual Women’s History Month luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland. “Weaving the Story of Women’s Lives” themes the event, which will honor immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came to Yolo County and represent four areas of Yolo. Honorees will be Alice Carbahal of Winters, Spanish descent; Bessie Anderson, Knights Landing, Irish descent; Tanya Volkers of West Sacramento, Russian descent; and Frances Sakai of Clarksburg, Japanese descent. Each woman’s story will be presented by a female student from Davis Senior High School theater arts department.

Gwyneth Bruch is coordinating the program. Sponsorships are available at the $500 in honor of Marian Anderson (includes eight reservations; $250 in honor of Margaret Mead (includes four reservations); $125 in honor of Gloria Steinem (two lunch reservations) and $75 in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (one lunch reservation). Reservations deadline is Feb. 27. Proceeds will benefit public libraries in Yolo County for the purchase of women’s history materials. Contact Kate Mawdsley at (530) 758-5093 or email; or Louisa R. Vessell at (916) 451-2113, (916) 799-9932 or Visit

Casa Garden Restaurant. The restaurant, which raises funds for Sacramento Children’s Home, will have a wine social at lunchtime March 3 at the 11:30 a.m. seating. Jeremy Wine Company of Lodi will pour sips to accompany hors d’oeuvres. On the menu: turkey enchiladas or chicken Caesar; harvest cake will be served at dessert time. Lunch is $24 per person, gratuity and tax included. Reservations are a must; call (916) 452-2809. Reservations already are being accepted for the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon with music by the Irish Eyes, who will perform at both lunchtime, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The Casa at 2760 Sutterville Road, raises funds to support the Sacramento Children’s Home. Phone: (916) 452-2809.

Kingsley Art Club. Art historian Jeffrey Ruda will present the Kingsley program at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Crocker Art Museum in the Setzer Auditorium. “Invention and Art at Meissen: Europe’s First True Porcelain” themes the program. On the future calendar for Kingsley is a field trip to tour the Rincon Annex Post Office built in San Francisco in 1939 and in 1941, the Works Progress Administration-held competition for an artist to decorate the walls with murals. Anton Refregier won the competition and an award of $26,000 to paint 27 murals depicting Northern California history from the early Native Americans to the 1940s. To obtain more Kingsley information, 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.