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August 2019 Calendar

After the Ball 2019. Thu., Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m., aboard the USS Hornet, Alameda, $150. Help save homeless pets by attending the 9th annual gala and fundraiser benefitting the Alameda Animal Shelter, which is managed by Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Artsy Dogs of Kokomo. Fri., Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Kokomo Winery, 4791 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg. Join the Paws for Love Foundation for a day of dogs, wine, art, adoption, and fun. Free admission. A $25 donation allows your dog to create an original art work. Wine tasting lunch available. Adoptable dogs on site. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundations.

Bark and Meow Around the Block, Adopt-A-Thon and Street Fair. Berkeley Humane, Sat., Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ninth & Carelton, Berkeley. Free or reduced adoption fees with 150-plus pets from 20 shelters and rescues. Family-friendly activities, live music, beer and wine, and food trucks.

Beginning Six-Week NoseWork Class. Aug. 6-Sept. 8, Tuesdays at noon, San Lorenzo Dog Training Club, San Leandro, $150. Instructor is Steve Bettcher. or, 510-290-2653.

Call for Entries: Best in Show — Stories From Beyond the Shelter Essay Contest. Due Fri., Aug. 16. Berkeley Humane is now accepting entries for the Best in Show — Stories From Beyond the Shelter essay contest. Does your beloved Fluffy have a hidden talent? Is your adorable dog or cat the talk of the block among the neighborhood kids? Did your shelter rescue impact your family and bring joy to your home when it needed it most? Does your pet deserve the title of Best in Show? Your rescue pet does not have email, so you must share their story for them. To enter, complete the entry form on Berkeley Humane’s website at no later than Fri., Aug. 16. The third annual storytelling benefit and star-studded event, featuring celebrated author Isabel Allende and KQED’s Michael Krasny, benefits shelter animals and Berkeley Humane’s lifesaving programs. The event where the stories will be shared live on stage is on Fri., Oct. 18, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.

5th Annual City Horse Kids Carnival. Sun., Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Hwy., Berkeley, $2-$10. City Horse hosts its 5th annual Kids Carnival for kids and their families. Attendees can meet the Bay Bridge Chicken, see a magician, ride a pony, groom a donkey, play carnival games, meet mammals and reptiles, and more. This is a fundraiser for City Horse, a nonprofit project that promotes horsemanship as a means for students to get academic credit and learn life skills. Learn about City Horse at


Bring your pups to Dog Days at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Image courtesy Bancroft Gardens.

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Dog Days of Summer at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Sat., Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 1552 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek. Celebrate your four-legged family members at the garden on this day of special dog-oriented activities, including dog service vendors, paint-a-puppy-pot craft activity, dog-related nursery items, a doggy pool, and more. Visitors with dogs receive a 20 percent off nursery coupon. This event is free. Dogs on leash are always welcome to visit the garden. (General garden admission fees apply). Details at:

Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Graduation Ceremonies. Sat., Aug. 3, 17 & 31, 1:30 p.m. Guide Dogs for the Blind California Campus, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael. Honor the independence and companionship that GDB’s exceptional guide dogs provide for the people they will serve. These services also allow GDB clients to meet the committed puppy raisers who cared for their canine heroes until they were old enough to begin formal training at GDB’s campus. Show up 20-30 minutes before graduations. Graduation-day public tours of the campus are offered at 10:30 a.m. or noon on the days of the ceremonies. Pre-registered bus groups are also welcome. Also these Saturdays in 2019: Sept. 14; Oct. 12 & 26; Nov. 9 & 23; Dec. 7 & 21.

Hot “Paw”Gust Nights Car Show Fundraisers & Adoption Event. Sun., Aug. 25, adoptions 11 a.m.-5 p.m., car show 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Ct., Hayward. Free adoptions to qualfied homes. Raffles, live music, classic cars, kids booth, and meet 15-year veteran of the Harlem Globetrotters, Nate Branch. Adopt or just hang out.

Intro to Agility With Erika. Fri., Aug. 16, 4:30pm, Ace Dog Sports, 677 Toland Place, San Francisco. Cost $25. Enrollment/Payment link:

Napa Humane’s 8th Annual Walk for Animals. Sun., Aug. 4, 7:30 a.m.-noon, Oxbow Commons- 1268 McKinstry St., Napa. Registration is $35 per person before Aug. 2 and $45 at event; $15 for children 10 years and under. Registration opens 7:30 a.m., walk begins 8:30 a.m., event ends at noon.

Nihonmachi Street Fair Doggie World Parade & Pageant. Sun., Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Buchanan Mall, Japantwon, San Francisco, $10. Fur baby mania comes to the Nihonmachi Street Fair as the 8th Annual Doggie World Parade & Pageant at the 46th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair. Local animal experts and adoption agencies will be on hand, plus pet vendors, rescues/adoptions, Ask the Dogtor, and the parade at 1 pm. First 100 registered participants receive a wag bag filled with goodies from Doggie World partners and sponsors. Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants in each category: best smile, best costume, best owner and pet look alike, and cutest puppy.

4th Annual Paws for Paws. Sat., Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Bring your furry four-legged friends and family members to Menlo Park’s 4th Annual Paws for Paws, a free benefit for the Menlo Park Police Foundation and the Menlo Park Police Department K9 Unit. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Freedom Paws. Activities include pet vendors, police K9 and search and rescue demos, Puppuccinos and other canine treats, and more.

Silicon Valley Pet Project Classes. August through October. Silicon Valley Pet Project has various classes, from Doga (Yoga with dogs) to Painting (Paint Your Pet). See the websites for more information: and Register on the website.

4th Annual World Dog Surfing Championships. Sat., Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Linda Mar Beach, 5000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacifica. The World Championships for Dog Surfing occur on the Northern California coast — where the concept for the dog surfing sport originated — bringing together the best in local and international dog surfing talent. During the event there will be a number of activities including the surf competition, dog beach fashion contest, dog adoptions, partner tents and activities, and more.

Top: Surf’s up for dogs this month at the World Dog Surfing Championships in Pacifica.Bring you pups to Dog Days at the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Main article photo by: Photo by Guy Kawasaki CC