April 17: Be among the first guests to preview the 20th anniversary of the Cincinnati Flower Show. Enjoy cocktails, a seated dinner and dessert with the hosting sponsor, Chef’s Choice Catering. Make reservations at www.cincyflowershow.com.  

April 18: Join the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as it celebrates 100 years of service to the community and honors one of Cincinnati’s most distinguished and caring families at its 11th Caring Award Dinner. For tickets or information, call (513) 345-8038 or visit www.thevna.org.

April 25: Lighthouse Youth Services celebrates its 40th year of service with an event featuring Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, a three-time Tony nominee and Tony award-winner for Kiss Me Kate. The night, sponsored by Tiffany & Co., will also include a dinner and music. Call (513) 487-7109.

April 29: Carnivale comes to Cincinnati! Enjoy an evening of Cocktails and Couture for a Cause at Saks Fifth Avenue. The event includes food from downtown restaurants, dancers, musicians, martini bars and more. The evening, which benefits The Madeleine Gordon Gift of Life Foundation, is sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Tickets are $140 for patrons and $50 for general admission. Call (513) 947-8825 for more information.

May 1: The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra celebrates “35 Years of Memorable Music” with a gala dinner. Special guest Paul Nadler, maestro of the New York Metropolitan Opera and CCO founder, will conduct the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in a special program. Visit www.ccocincinnati.org  or call (513) 723-1182 for more information.

May 9:
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2009 Cincinnatians of the Year Gala will honor Linda and Harry Fath. The black-tie event, sponsored by the Zaring Family Foundation, includes live and silent auction items. For more information, email jtrokhan@jdrf.org or visit www.jdrf.org/cincinnati.

May 16: Join the Contemporary Arts Center for a gala celebrating its 70th anniversary. Tickets for the evening start at $150.For more information, contact Mike Bourke at mbourke@ contemporaryartscenter.org, call (513) 345-8400 or visit www.contemporaryartscenter.org.  

May 21: Cancer Family Care will present its 7th Annual Unsung Hero Awards to honor those coping with cancer or those helping others to cope with cancer. For more information, visit www.cancerfamilycare.org or call (513) 731-3346.

May 22: A black-tie gala will follow the opening concert of May Festival this year. Enjoy a special tribute honoring James Conlon’s 30th anniversary as music director. Gala tickets are $150; tickets to the concert are sold separately. For more information, call (513) 621-1919 or visit www.mayfestival.com.Cincy calendar

For a complete list of nonprofit events, visit Janet Ach’s www.cincycalendar.com.