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10/1 Fifth Annual Charity Wine Tasting & Auction
Benefit for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, organized by Hastings Country Club. Sample 100 different wines from around the world and enjoy Chef Ryan’s specialty hors d’oeuvres in a spectacular setting. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Includes a silent and live auction. 6:30 p.m. Hastings Country Club, 2015 Westview Dr., Hastings. 651-437-4612; www.hastingscountryclub.org.
10/1 Festival of Hope Celebration
Benefit for Family & Children’s Service. Help us honor survivors of domestic violence during the Family & Children’s Service Festival of Hope Celebration. See www.everyfamilymatters.org for more details. Family & Children’s Service-Lake Street. 4123 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. email@example.com.
10/1 Taste of the NFL
Benefit for Hunger Solutions Minnesota at Winter Park Viking’s facility. For more information, call 651-789-9843 or visit www.hungersolutions.org.
10/1 Coats for Kids
Benefit for Twin Cities families in need, organized by The Salvation Army. A Twin Cities effort to collect new and gently-used winter coats for needy children and families in our area. Coats will be collected from October 1 through October 14. Donations may be dropped off at KSTP studios, Kowalski’s stores, and The Salvation Army Community Stores. 651-746-3509; www.thesalarmy.org.
10/4 Artability at APOLLO
Benefit for People Incorporated. People Incorporated’s 13th annual art exhibit celebrates the use of creativity as an outlet for individuals living with mental illness. Free Exhibit Open: October 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (opening reception at 7 p.m.). October 5 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and October 6 from noon to 5 p.m. APOLLO Resource Center. Redeemer Arms Building (lower level). 313 North Dale St., St. Paul. 651-288-3504; www.peopleincorporated.org.
10/6 Adoption Event
Benefit for Second Chance Animal Rescue. A nonprofit, all-volunteer animal rescue organization is holding an Animal Adoption Day with a variety of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies available for adoption. All animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, heartworm or FeLV and FIV checked, and dewormed. 11 a.m. Petco. 2575 N. Fairview Ave., Roseville. 651-771-5662; www.secondchancerescue.org.
10/6 Book Lovers Ball
Benefit for Milkweed Editions. Milkweed Editions’ Eighth Annual Book Lovers Ball: where “Book Lovers have a Ball” (without the dancing!) The night includes dinner provided by Cosmos restaurant, readings from several Milkweed authors, and a silent auction. Join us for the literary social event of the year! Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis. 612-215-2561; www.milkweed.org.
10/6 St. Cloud Memory Walk
Benefit for Alzheimer’s Association. Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event for awareness and fundraising. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $225 million to help fight Alzheimer’s and help those currently living with the disease. 9 a.m. Whitney Park, 1527 Northway Dr., St. Cloud. 320-650-3070; www.alzmndak.org.
10/6 Duluth Memory Walk
Benefit for Alzheimer’s Association. Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event for awareness and fundraising. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $225 million to help fight Alzheimer’s and help those currently living with the disease. 9 a.m. Bayfront Park, West Railroad Street and South 5th Avenue West, Duluth. 218-733-2560; www.alzmndak.org.
10/6 Fall Gala
Organized by Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation. The theme is the “Sound of Music” at the fall gala event, located at the Hilton, Minneapolis. Proceeds benefit the Institute for Health and Healing and the Sister Kenny Institute. For further information, please call 612-863-4126.
10/8 J.C.’s Cooking for a Cure
Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Chef Christopher Ray, along with seven of the finest chefs in the Twin Cities–under the direction of Chef Ray’s son, J.C. (who battles CF), will create a seven-course meal featuring wild game, seafood selections and dessert–paired with wine or beer. Enjoy live and silent auctions and entertainment. 5 p.m. Prom Center, 484 Inwood Ave., Oakdale. 651-631-3290; www.minnesota.cff.org.
10/9 Tails of Independence Breakfast
Benefit for Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota (HSDM). HSDM is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or disabled by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. Attend this event to learn about the important work HSDM is doing in our community. For more information, call 612-729-5986. Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham St., St. Paul. www.hsdm.org.
10/12 One Night Can Make A Difference
Sixth Annual Benefit for Our Savior’s Housing Homeless Shelter. This wonderful evening features dining, dancing, and a silent and live auction. 6:30 p.m. Minneapolis Golf Club, 2001 Flag Ave. S., St Louis Park. 763-476-2353.
Benefit for Family & Children’s Service organized by Cirque du Soleil. Cirque du Soleil presents a benefit performance of their new production, KOOZA–a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil–a combination of acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, presented in a colorful melange emphasizing bold slapstick humor. All proceeds will benefit Family & Children’s Service. Under the Lafayette Bridge, St. Paul. 612-341-1610; www.everyfamilymatters.org.
10/13 Celebration for Life Gala
Benefit for Park Nicollet Foundation, organized by Park Nicollet Health Services. Celebrating its 27th year, Park Nicollet Foundation’s Celebration for Life gala supports health care innovation in local communities. The event, with an “Old Hollywood” theme, features a live auction, elegant dining, and dancing. Join us October 13 and be a star! 6 p.m. 1001 Marquette Ave. S, Minneapolis. 952-993-5023; www.parknicollet.com/foundation/cfl.
10/13 A Toast to Courage
Benefit for Camp Courage, organized by Courage Center. Sponsored by RBC Dain Rauscher, this tenth annual event includes a multi-course meal that pairs gourmet food with fine wines. “A Toast to Courage” raises funds to support people with disabilities and sensory impairments who attend Camp Courage. 6:30 p.m. Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis. 763-520-0546; www.courage.org.
10/13 Candlelight Dinner Gala
Benefit for Opera Education for Children, organized by Twin Cities Opera Guild. The Twin Cities Opera Guild is a national pioneer in opera education for children, introducing students to opera and quality music. We also award scholarships to young singers through the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions program. All money raised by Gala is dedicated to our programs. 6:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, City Walk Center, 411 Minnesota St., St. Paul. 651-454-5181.
10/13 Imagination Ball
Benefit for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. An October 13 “Evening to Remember” begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction; an 8 p.m. dinner, program and live auction; and dancing with the Casablanca Orchestra at 9:30 p.m. The Depot, 225 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis. 952-851-0770; www.jdrf.org/minnesota.
10/13 Curtain Call Ball
Benefit for The Children’s Theatre Company. The Curtain Call Ball is CTC’s annual black-tie fundraiser. This year the Ball will bring together over 400 of the Twin Cities’ most influential corporate and individual community leaders to celebrate and support CTC’s community and educational programs and to honor Beverly Grossman. 6 p.m. The Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-872-5314; www.childrenstheatre.org.
10/15 Chef’s for Change
Benefit for People Serving People. Sous Chef Chi Chan of Mission American Kitchen and Bar will exhibit his breathtaking skills, bringing together a sensational five-course meal for each attendee. Hosted by Staff Plus and The Bredeson’s. All proceeds benefit People Serving People. 7 p.m. 614 South Third St., Minneapolis. 612-277-0221; www.peopleservingpeople.org.
10/15 Music for the Mind
Benefit for children and adults with mental illness, organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Minnesota. An eclectic program of classical, folk, ethnic and jazz music by some of the most talented people in Minnesota. 6 p.m. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-645-2948; www.namimn.org.
10/18 Canvas & Vines
Benefit for Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sample and learn about various wines, taste delicious foods from local restaurants and caterers, view fine art, listen to delightful music and bid on amazing silent and live auction items. 6:30 p.m. International Chefs’ Culinary Center, 12750 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville. 952-898-5646; www.burnsvillemn.com.
10/20 18th Annual Wine Auction
Benefit for Cancer Care Survivorship Program, organized by Regions Hospital Foundation. Minnesota’s longest-running wine auction hosts 1,000 community leaders and friends for an evening of socializing, fine wine, and gourmet food. The event will benefit a new, innovative Cancer Survivorship Program at Regions. Tasting at 6 p.m., dinner/program at 7:45. Tickets: $225 each. Tables start at $2,000. St. Paul RiverCentre. 175 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-254-3736; www.thewineauction.org.
10/20 Peter Mayer Concert
Benefit for Historic Church of Saint Michael. Peter Mayer’s world is bright and hopeful. Explore the mysteries of life through the transcendent nature of his lyrics. Mayer’s fluid, clean, and tremendously intriguing guitar-playing is topped with warm, rich vocals. This is truly music for the soul. Tickets are available at Coborn’s in Albertville. For more information, call 763-497-2745. 7:30 p.m. Historic Church of Saint Michael, 22 North Main St., Saint Michael. www.churchofsaintmichael.org.
10/26 Fourth Annual Wine Tasting Event
Benefit for Twin Cities Women’s Choir. Twin Cities Women’s Choir Fourth Annual Wine Tasting is on Friday October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 at DeGidio’s. Sponsored by The Cellar’s Wines and Spirits, Inc., it will feature upscale wines and artesian brews. Tickets are $40 per person (includes light appetizers and a chocolate fountain). 425 W. 7th St., St. Paul. 651-489-9925; www.twincitieswomenschoir.org.
10/26 The Dance
Benefit for The Dance Wellness Center, organized by Sara’s Dance Foundation. Grab your party dress for the ultimate party with a purpose! The proceeds will be used to build a first-of-its-kind haven, The Dance Wellness Center, serving women with cancer or other serious illnesses. Enjoy a night of endless shopping, dancing and fun! 6:30 p.m. Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Hwy. 55, Medina. 612-801-5743; www.experiencethedance.com.
10/26 24th Annual Antiques Show and Sale
Benefit for Minneapolis Institute of Arts, organized by Decorative Arts Curatorial Council. 40 nationally known art and antiques dealers. Gala Preview Party: October 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.: $100. October 26, Collect and Connect Event, 6 to 9 p.m.: $40. Regular event hours: October 26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; October 27 and 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular event admission $10 ($8 MIA members). October 27 free to MIA members. 11 a.m. Zuhrah Shrine Center, 2540 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-870-3131; www.artsmia.org.
10/26 Moon. Lit. Bridge.
Benefit for The Loft Literary Center. “Moon. Lit. Bridge,” – a gala fundraiser will celebrate the important role literature, writers, and The Loft Literary Center play in the cultural life of the Twin Cities. Cocktails, dinner, special entertainment with tables hosted by well-known local and national authors. 7 p.m. Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., Minneapolis. 612-215-2598; www.loft.org.
10/27 An Evening of Elegance Gala
Benefit for St. Francis Foundation. Step out for an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and live and silent auctions at the 21st Annual St. Francis Foundation Gala on Saturday, October 27 at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska. Proceeds benefit the Fund for Excellence at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. 6 p.m. Oak Ridge Conference Center. 952-403-2072; www.stfrancis-shakopee.com.
10/27 Annual Benefit Gala
Benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, organized by Women’s Association. Join us for a fun evening to celebrate our kids and support the Clubs! The evening includes cocktails, a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner, and great live entertainment! 6 p.m. Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis. 651-967-1126; www.boysandgirls.org.
10/27 Big Hair Mania
Benefit for Minnesota AIDS Project. Big Hair Mania is an evening of entertainment, fashion, food and giving. From formal attire to business casual, it doesn’t matter as long as you bring your big hair! Time TBD. 612-373-2407; www.bighairmania.com.
10/27 2007 Museum of Broad-casting Hall of Fame
Benefit for Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Join us as we honor outstanding radio and television professionals as new members of the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Champagne reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and its mission of education and preservation. 6 p.m. Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley. 952-926-8198; www.pavekmuseum.org.
10/27 Minnesota Melody
Benefit for “Partners for Life,” organized by Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC). The Third Annual MMC Gala, Minnesota Melody, supports the “Partners for Life” campaign to build a new cancer research center at the University of Minnesota. The evening will feature a silent auction and elegant dinner with a musical performance from the award-winning Limestones of St. Olaf’s. Please call 952-948-6202 for more details; www.mnmasoniccharities.org.
10/27 Twin Cities Heart & Stroke Gala 2007
This black-tie gala celebrates the American Heart Association’s 57 years of lifesaving work for Minnesota families. Our gala night of giving features elegant gourmet dining, excellent entertainment, and interactive auctions. The event plans to raise $650,000 for heart disease and stroke research. 5:30 p.m. to midnight. The Depot Minneapolis. For more details, contact Heather Shetka, Twin Cities gala director, at 952-278-7924; Heather.Shetka@heart.org.
10/28 Opus & Olives 2007
Benefit for Friends + Pioneer Press literacy program, organized by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Opus & Olives is the premiere literary and social event of the year! Four New York Times authors join this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies, Katherine Lanpher, for a reception, dinner, and entertaining program. Wonderful event for corporate sponsors and all book lovers. 5 p.m. Crowne Plaza Riverfront, 11 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-287-0060; www.thefriends.org.
10/28 CARVER SECOND ALARM RETIRED FIREFIGHTERs CHILI FEED & SILENT AUCTION
Benefit for Smile Network International. Help us bring more smiles to the faces of children in need. Silent auction donations and volunteer serving help appreciated. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 612-377-1800; www.smilenetwork.org.
10/29 Chef’s for Change
Benefit for People Serving People. Executive Chef Stephen Trajahn of Cosmos will exhibit his breathtaking skills, bringing together a sensational five-course meal for each attendee. All proceeds benefit People Serving People. 7 p.m. 614 S. Third St., Minneapolis. 612-277-0221; peopleservingpeople.org.
10/TBD Black Tie Boxing Event
Benefit for Wishes & More. Scott LeDoux heads up this formal black tie boxing event with Golden Glove and Main Event bouts. Cocktail hour, dinner, some live and silent auction items. Names of boxers TBD. Northland Inn, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park. 763-502-1500; www.wishesandmore.org.
10/TBD A Toast to Life
Benefit for Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA), organized by MOCA. This event honors Merle and Jill Rosenberg, a mother and daughter both diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Proceeds support MOCA’s research program, dedicated to advancing research toward earlier detection, better treatment, and a cure. 612-822-0500; www.mnovarian.org.