• American Support for Afghanistan and Chef Karim are teaming up on Friday, May 2, for a night of exotic dinner and entertainment to raise awareness and funds for Afghan orphans and their continued struggle at the Khorasan Orphanage in Kabul. Enjoy belly dancing and a delicious five-course meal for a good cause! Tickets are $55 presale and $65 at the door at Chef Karim’s Moroccan Restaurant (1221 State St., #2). Call 455-4066 for more info.

•The 13th annual Record-A-Thon for the S.B. unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is going strong this weekend, with opportunities to volunteer Friday, May 2, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-noon. Call the organization at 681-0531 to set a date and time for you and/or your group to participate in this wonderful week of sharing the gift of learning.

• The American Red Cross Association hosts a Gala in the Gardens from 4-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Stroll through the gardens of the world at Seaside Gardens (3700 Via Real, Carpinteria), while enjoying food, wine, and entertainment from the Mediterranean, Australia, Asia, and California. Entertainment will include music from UCSB’s Middle Eastern Ensemble. Tickets are $75, or $95 with the champagne tour. Call 687-1331 for more info.


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