Hundreds of local charities will try to raise money Tuesday through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s Big Day of Giving. From midnight until 11:59 p.m., you can donate to specific groups at www.bigdayofgiving.org.
The 529 participating nonprofits run the gamut from arts groups to organizations dedicated to helping the needy. Depending on how much they raise, nonprofits will receive additional dollars donated by the businesses and foundations that have signed up as partners for the event.
The Big Day of Giving was launched in 2014 as a way to boost charitable donations in the region, which have lagged the national average. Last year, it raised more than $3 million from 12,000 donors.
Organizers, including the regional foundations in Placer and Yolo counties, have set an even higher goal this year: $5 million from 25,000 donors.
Similar fundraising drives will be held in more than 100 cities around the country Tuesday as part of the Give Local America campaign. Last year, Sacramento came in second in terms of the total money raised, behind Sarasota County, Fla.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Local Amgen tour events begin Wednesday
The Amgen Tour of California, celebrating its 10th anniversary, returns to Sacramento with festivities beginning Wednesday. There will be a riders gala Wednesday, and an anniversary celebration and official team introduction Thursday before the tour begins Sunday. Cyclists will start at 10:50 a.m. that day in front of the state Capitol.
Plans for Meyers area to be discussed
El Dorado County’s Community Development Agency will hold an open house Wednesday in the community of Meyers, near South Lake Tahoe, to discuss the Meyers Area Plan. The plan serves as the long-term land-use guide to maintain and enhance the rural character of the community, and proposes revisions to building design and other standards, according to a county news release.
The revised plan is an update of the 1993 Meyers Community Plan, originally intended as a five-year plan. Opening remarks by the chairman of the county Board of Supervisors will be followed by a breakout session with opportunities for public questions and comments. Residents and others interested in the plan are encouraged to participate by bringing ideas or photos of other communities that would complement the Meyers plan. The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, 1095 E. San Bernardino Ave., Meyers.
Fundraising golf tournament tees off Friday
The 14th annual Swingin’ Safari Golf Tournament is set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday at Teal Bend Golf Club, 7200 Garden Highway in Sacramento. Proceeds will support the Sacramento Zoological Society’s educational programs.
Komen Race for the Cure coming to Cal Expo
Race for the Cure, a 10K/5K run and 1K walk, will take place Saturday morning at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. Sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Sacramento Valley, the event will begin at 7 a.m. with the 10K run, 8:40 a.m. for the 5K run and 9:15 a.m. for the 1K walk. Proceeds will be used to combat breast cancer. Cal Expo’s parking lot will open at 6:30 a.m.
Berry Fest returns to Roseville this weekend
Berries of all varieties will be available at the seventh annual Berry Fest this weekend at the Placer County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville. The event, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, celebrates the strawberry harvest and will feature food, contests and entertainment. There will also be a strawberry-shortcake-eating contest.
Feast in the Streets to benefit Francis House
Benefiting Francis House of Sacramento, the 24th annual Feast in the Streets fundraiser will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 1422 C St. Food tasting from food trucks and restaurants will be available. The Vintage Vandals will perform live music.