Events for every cause, taste

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There will be no shortage of opportunities for Keizer residents to support community causes in the coming weeks. Fund raising event season is here.

Whatever you want to support there is something for you on the calendar through April.

On Saturday, March 2, Clear Lake Elementary School will hold a Fiesta Dinner and Auction at the Keizer Civic Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.  Proceeds will help the school fund projects and field trips.

The Keizer Community Food Bank will benefit from a concert at Keizer Christian Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. The Keizer Big Band will play musical favorites. Suggested admission is donation of non-perishable food. The church is located at 6945 Wheatland Road N.

Keizer teens will be in the spotlight as A Taste of Keizer Young Life: Another Bite! offers samples from top Keizer and Salem restaurants. The fund raising event, which includes an auction, starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at the Civic Center. Cost is $15, or $120 for a table of eight.

For lovers of all things Renaissance, singing and acting, the McNary Fine Art Department’s Knight of Song Madrigal Dinner at the Civic Center 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, is perfect for you. This wildly successful event marks its fourth year encompassing all areas of McNary fine arts: band, orchestra, drama, choir. The Civic Center is transformed into a King and Queen’s court complete with jesters and entertainment. Tickets are $35 for the evening which includes a silent and a live auction.

For those with a sweet tooth and a thirst for knowledge of other nations, the Rotary International Dessert on Thursday, March 14, fits the bill perfectly. Exchange students from around the globe will prepare and share desserts and treats from their homelands. They will also answer questions about their home countries. The event is free and is a great way to put Keizer’s best foot forward. The students attend school throughout Rotary Club’s District 5100. Germany’s Pepita Schmidt-Rave, an exchange student at McNary High School, will be there.

On Friday, March 15, city parks fans will have an opportunity to help raise funds for the Keizer Parks Foundation. Pinot for the Parks will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Civic Center. Local wineries will present a tasting of thier vintages; local caterers will be offering samples of their goods as well.

Among the vintners will be Bob and Pam Zielinski showcasing their Scenic Valley wines. The money raised by the foundation is used to fund projects and purchases for the city’s parks. Tickets are $25 and include complimentary wine tasting and two raffle tickets.

Those purchasing tickets for Keizer Rotary Club’s annual raffle party will have a one-in-1,100 chance to win $10,000 in gold and silver. The annual party is on Saturday, April 20, again at the Keizer Civic Center. The evening is one of Keizer’s premier social events with great food and music along with raffles and auctions.

So Keizer, get ready for a season filled with opporunities to help your local community. Pick one or pick them all.   —LAZ

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