*Now through Thursday, Feb. 28, Stan’s Fit For Your Feet is hosting its seventh annual “Share-A-Pair” shoe drive. Interested donors can drop of new or gently used shoes Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at collection bins at Stan’s store locations in Brookfield, Glendale, Greenfield. Stan’s New Balance Stores in Brookfield and Greenfield will also be collecting shoes. Participants will be thanked with a $10 Stan’s gift card for donating adult shoes and a $5 gift card for donating children’s shoes. Shoes collected benefit homeless residents at Milwaukee’s Repairers of the Breach and Fr. Gene’s Help Center in West Allis. The drive also supports the Nashville-based charity Soles4Souls. For more information about the shoe drive and Stan’s store locations, visit www.stansfootwear.com.
*Friday, Feb. 15, Safe Babies Healthy Families will hold its third annual Sweetheart Luncheon and Fashion Show to raise funds for the organization’s services and education initiatives geared toward delivering healthy babies and raising strong families. The luncheon will be held at the Marriott Hotel, W231N1600 Corporate Ct. in Waukesha, beginning at 11 a.m. The event will feature a lunch, runway show of boutique fashions, a raffle and silent auction. Tickets cost $45, and sponsorship packages are also available. Attendees must register by today. For more information, visit www.safebabieshealthyfamilies.org.
*Monday, Feb. 18, IndependenceFirst Mobility Store will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its store location, 12040 W. Feerick St., Unit N in Wauwatosa. During open houses, area residents can purchase like new equipment such as wheelchairs and bath aids and also donate mobile and medical devices. Donations will be eligible for tax deductions. People attending the open house will be entered into a drawing for an iPod touch and will receive an extra entry for bringing a friend. IndependenceFirst Mobility Store will hold open houses every Monday through mid-March. For more information about the store, visit www.ifmobility.org.
*Tuesday, Feb. 19, BoardStar Inc. will host a workshop focused on “Writing Grants – Is Your Nonprofit Ready?” The workshop will teach participants how to evaluate if their organization is prepared to apply for grants, what practices and systems their board should employ to successfully secure grants, and how their board can be involved in obtaining public and private grant funding. The workshop will feature speaker Julie Whelan Capell, director of planning and development for the Planning Council for Health and Human Services. The information session will be held at Pathfinders, 4200 N. Holton, Ste. 400 in Milwaukee, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for BoardStar members and $50 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit www.boardstar.org.
*Saturday, Feb. 23, the Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (UEDA) will host a “Carnival Milwaukee” fundraiser to benefit the organization. The fundraiser, themed after Mardi Gras, will feature food samples from more than 25 area restaurants and caterers as well as live music by Latin jazz band De La Buena. The event will be held at the Zoofari Conference Center, 9715 W. Bluemound Rd. in Milwaukee, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $40. For more information, visit www.carnivalmilwaukee.com.
*Sunday, Feb. 24, COA Youth & Family Centers will host the 15th annual Oscar Experience Gala in benefit of the nonprofit’s family support services, youth camps and education initiatives. The gala, presented by The Marcus Corporation and NATO of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, includes a meal, auction, live entertainment and Oscar viewing party. The gala will be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee, starting at 5 p.m. Individual tickets cost $150, and sponsorships are also available for purchase. Registration ends Sunday, Feb. 17. For more information or to register, visit www.coa-yfc.org.
*Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Greater Milwaukee Chapter will hold its annual meeting to discuss accomplishments made in 2012 and goals for the coming year. The free event will include food and beer and will be held at the Miller Inn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Networking will also be part of the event before and after the panel discussion. The Miller Inn is located in Miller Valley at 4251 W. State St. in Milwaukee. For more information about the event, email the YNPN membership committee at email@example.com.
*Thursday, Feb. 28, St. Aemilian-Lakeside will host its second annual Blutender Friendraiser in support of the children and families impacted by the human service agency. The event, which will be held at Blu at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee, will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. St. Aemilian-Lakeside President and Chief Executive Officer Teri Zywicki and child welfare advocate Darlene Pawluk will serve as bartenders at the event. For more information about St. Aemilian-Lakeside, visit www.st-al.org. For more information about Blutender, call Michelle Schuerman at 414-465-1386.