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The growl of lions and tigers will be replaced by the growls of guitars as the Sactopalooza Spring Party lights up the Sacramento Zoo with music from tribute bands and DJ Rigatony. No Duh blasts a high-energy pop set based on the music of No Doubt with a number of visuals, costumes, and props from the band’s music videos. Nominated for Best Tribute Band at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards, the Red Not Chili Peppers fill the air with classic funk-rock melodies and the four-chord password that grants entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to the concerts, attendees can partake in hands-on activities such as mechanical bull riding and gladiator jousting with foam poles.

The Sactopalooza Spring Party is the largest annual fundraising event for the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento. This group of 20- to 30-year-old volunteers works year-round to improve the lives of local children with special needs. In addition to raising funds for children, the group organizes hands-on events to interact with children at an annual picnic, winter clothing drives, and a holiday party at the UC Davis cancer center. Proceeds from the party helps support these events and the organization’s work with children throughout the region.

3901 Land Park Drive
Sacramento,
CA
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Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.

1722 J St
Sacramento,
CA
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Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services has been dedicated to bettering the lives of underserved individuals and families since 1976. With the help of 45 staff members and more than 5,800 volunteers, the agency distributes emergency food, clothing, and other services to more than 45,000 locals each month. In addition to the fresh produce and grocery items donated from local stores, organic farmers, and individuals, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services also provides individuals and families from low-income backgrounds with gently used clothing?from coats to interview attire?donated by the community. The organization also helps youths, adults, and seniors empower themselves through no-cost educational programs, including GED preparation, computer-basics classes, and resume-building courses.

3333 3rd Ave
Sacramento,
CA
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The Audi Best Buddies Challenge has four fully supported bike courses open to all riders—15-, 30-, 62-, and 100-mile courses—which takes riders from Carmel to San Simeon. Having conquered the challenge multiple times, Michael is aiming to complete the 100-mile course once again. Michael is fundraising to acquire the $1,500 needed to enter the race, which is held to benefit support programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2318 J Street
Sacramento,
CA
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• For $35, you get a styled cut at any participating salon (a $75 average value). Click here for a full list of participating locations. • You can make a $35 donation directly to The Trade Foundation.

2580 Fair Oaks Boulevard
Sacramento,
CA
US

During the show, junior virtuosos will play classic holiday tunes to connect with their community through service and steward holiday cheer. The library space can accommodate at least 400 community members for the concert, which will culminate in a finale conducted by a young audience member. The symphony still needs additional funding to cover the costs of transporting instruments, renting out the venue, and producing the concert.

828 I Street
Sacramento,
CA
US