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5/1 Art in Bloom
Benefit for Minneapolis Institute of Arts, organized by The Friends of the Institute. May 1-4. Original floral designs from 150 Minnesota floral artists complement and interpret works of art in the MIA’s collection. Lectures, luncheons, tours, demonstrations, a garden shop, and events. Don’t miss the gala preview party April 30. Free general admission. Tickets needed for lectures and events. 10 a.m. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls. 612-870-3045; www.artsmia.org.
5/2 Divas and Desserts
Benefit for Twin Cities Women’s Choir. May 2 and 3. The 100-member Twin Cities Women’s Choir presents their spring concert and fundraiser, “Divas and Desserts.” Silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m. Concert at 7:30. St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S., Mpls. www.twincitieswomenschoir.org.
5/3 VocalEssence Gala: Serengeti Serenade
Benefit for community engagement programs, organized by VocalEssence. Join us for an African-inspired evening filled with invigorating music, food, wine, and unique auction treasures. 6 p.m. Historic Milwaukee Depot, 225 Third Ave. S., Mpls. 612-547-1457; www.vocalessence.org.
5/3 2008 Walk for Animals
Benefit for the newly merged Humane Society. The World’s Largest Walk for Animals in Golden Valley and St. Paul! Help kick off “National Be Kind to Animals Week.” Raise pledges to help local homeless animals. A benefit for the newly merged Humane Society with locations in Golden Valley, Coon Rapids, St. Paul, Woodbury, and Buffalo. 9 a.m. Theo Wirth Park and Como Park; Golden Valley and St. Paul. 763-489-1574; www.animalhumanesociety.org.
5/4 Christopher & Banks MS Walk
Benefit for National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Minnesota Chapter. The Christopher & Banks MS Walk, presented by Anchor Bank, is a one-day walk held in 18 cities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin to help fight MS, thought to be an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. The exact cause is unknown; scientists are still searching for a cure. Please call 612-335-7900 or 1-800-FIGHT-MS to receive more information.
5/5 Jungle Theater Springtime Gala
Benefit for The Jungle Theater. Enjoy an enchanting evening of fabulous food, entertainment, and unique auction treasures. 6 p.m. Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley. 612-278-0141; www.jungletheater.com.
5/10 Allianz MS 60/30 Bike Tour
Benefit for National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Minnesota Chapter. The Allianz MS 60/30 is a one-day bike ride along the Gateway Trail. Riders choose between 60 or 30-mile routes. This event is fully supported and features rest stops serving water, energy drinks, fruit, and snacks, in addition to bike mechanics and safety volunteers. 7:30 a.m. Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood. 612-335-7900 or 1-800-FIGHT-MS; www.mssociety.org.
5/17 Fans, Fiddlers and Friends Gala
Benefit for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), organized by Friends of the SPCO. The SPCO’s annual “Fans, Fiddlers and Friends Gala” will be held on Saturday, May 17. Join us for a beautiful reception, live and silent auction, elegant cuisine and exquisite wines, and music by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 5:30 p.m. McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St. S.E., Mpls. 651-225-5680; www.thespco.org.
5/18 Minnesota AIDS Walk
Benefit for Minnesota AIDS Project. Join the fight against HIV in Minnesota on May 18 as Minnesotans gather in memory of those we’ve lost and in honor of those living with HIV. Raise awareness and funds for HIV advocacy, education, and services for individuals affected by HIV. 9 a.m. Minnehaha Park, intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, South Minneapolis. 612-373-2407; www.mnaidswalk.org.
5/19 Lawson’s Legacy Golf Benefit
Proceeds from the fifth annual “Lawson’s Legacy—A Heart to Remember Golf Benefit” benefit Lawson’s Legacy Fund at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, used to support congenital heart disease research. The golf tournament is held in memory of Lawson Rios who died in 2003 of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare form of congenital heart disease. 1 p.m. shotgun start. Legends Golf Club, 8670 Credit River Blvd., Prior Lake. 651-855-2825.
5/20 Allies for Justice Awards Celebration
Benefit for Headwaters Foundation for Justice. An inspiring event gathering donors, grassroots activists and other supporters of social change. “Allies for Justice Awards” honor donors and organizations doing exceptional work for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. 5:30 p.m. McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St. S.E, Mpls. 612-879-0602; www.headwatersfoundation.org.
5/31 Joe Schmit’s Grand Party
Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS). For 16 years, former KSTP anchor Joe Schmit and his wife Laura have brought together golf lovers and local celebrities to raise money for BBBS. Over $2.4 million has been raised through the tournament to help children become matched with a Big Brother or Sister. Reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m.. Live auction and program at 7 p.m. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Mpls. 612-339-3905; www.bigstwincities.org.
5/TBD Strike out Stroke at the Dome
Benefit for Survivors of Stroke, organized by Minnesota Stroke Association. “Strike Out Stroke 2008” will hold its tenth annual community stroke awareness celebration. Strike out Stroke at the Dome recognizes survivors and community partners who provided the care and support that helped the survivor survive and thrive! Metrodome, Minneapolis. Time TBD .763-553-0088; www.strokemn.org.
5/TBD Every Family Matters Luncheon
Benefit for Family & Children’s Service. Come learn more about Family & Children’s Service! Our annual free luncheon fundraising event offers the opportunity to meet clients, staff and members of the board as well as hear stories about our work in the community. Date, time, and location TBD. 612-341-1610; www.everyfamilymatters.com.
5/TBD Hard Hat and Black Tie
Benefit for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, organized by Habitat for Humanity Minnesota. Funds from the Ninth Annual Hard Hat and Black Tie Gala go toward Habitat for Humanity’s mission of eliminating poverty housing by making decent, affordable housing for all a matter of conscience. For more information, visit www.tchabitat.org.