June 6–13, 2020
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, the gem of the American River Parkway in Carmichael’s Ancil Hoffman Park, is still closed to visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, its annual art auction is about to open for business – open for bids, that is!
Faced with ongoing social distancing ordinances, Effie Yeaw’s Spring Gala & Auction is going all virtual. Starting this weekend, you can log on to bid on dozens of juried works of art inspired by local flora and fauna, riverscapes and landscapes—all from the comfort and safety of your home. Also up for grabs are outdoor activities and getaways to Tahoe, the North Coast and more.
The auction is the biggest annual fundraiser for the nature center, an urban wildlife oasis set among 100 acres of riparian woodland along the American River. Nature lovers, student groups and families flock there to seek respite and spot hawks, wild turkey and deer as they hike the gentle, oak-shaded trails.
Bidding on silent auction items kicks off this Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m., but you can preview art and items here [https://eync2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse]. Then on Saturday, June 13, catch the live streaming action: a tech check and pre-party featuring animal ambassadors Echo the great horned owl and Wek-Wek the Peregrine falcon at 5 p.m., followed by the virtual live auction and fund-a-need at 6 p.m. Local radio personality Kitty O’Neal will serve as emcee and Keith McLane as auctioneer.