Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is retiring its denim and its diamonds and coming full circle with a brand new fundraiser this month.

The swanky "House Party" gala on March 22 will take place in a big party tent right on the construction site of the new Ronald McDonald House, next to the existing house on Sand Hill Road across from the Stanford Shopping Center.

The first Denim to Diamonds fundraiser, which was the House's signature event for two decades, was held at what was then the new Neiman Marcus at the Stanford Shopping Center. And now, they're back at the site -- with chairwoman Melissa Badger and her committee putting the focus on the house's expansion, which will just about double its size.

If you're not familiar with the house, it's a place where families can stay while their young loved ones are receiving hospital treatment. For more information, go to www.ronaldhouse.net.

WHEEL SPORTS: Did you know that San Jose is home to two nationally ranked "power soccer" teams? I didn't until Christine Connolly emailed me to let me know that the San Jose Steamrollers and the San Jose Rockets -- featuring players with disabilities in powered wheelchairs -- are having exhibition matches on Saturday with the De Anza Force Soccer Club.


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The able-bodied De Anza Force players will be using power wheelchairs, too, so it should make for some interesting play at the Alviso Youth Center at 5040 N. First St. in San Jose. The Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association is sponsoring the exhibition, which is free to the public, to raise awareness about power soccer. Get more information about the teams at www.sjsteamrollers.com and www.sanjoserockets.com.

BACK TO NATURE: Our City Forest and the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County will be spending what looks to be a beautiful Saturday morning restoring some of the native landscape to the historic Roberto-Sunol Adobe House on Lincoln Avenue.

The greenery being planted starting at 9 a.m. will include Catalina Cherry, Deer Grass and Canyon Gray Sagebrush. Over the next few weeks, California grape, olive and madrone will be added.

Plans are still in the works to open the property as a museum in the near future, so it should look as good outside as it is inside.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.