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December 2018 Calendar

ACE Dog Sports Classes. Through January, 677 Toland Place, San Francisco. Join ACE Dog Sports for new upcoming classes for beginners, including Intro to Agility, Pre Agility, and Beginners. Visit or email for more information!


ARF’s Stars to the Rescue XXVIII. Sat., Jan. 26, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. Join Tony LaRusa and ARF for this gala. Early confirmed performers include Grammy-Award winners Bruce Hornsby and Christian McBride and Machine Head’s Robb Flynn. Proceeds from Stars to the Rescue allow ARF to save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kimberly Baptista at 925-296-3118; to donate an auction item, contact Briana Foster, 925-296-3154,


B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dog) Comedy Show. Wed., Dec. 12, 8-9:30 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., San Francisco. It’s the only comedy show in SF where you can bring your dog. And if you don’t have one, you can oogle other dogs. It’s on tap at El Rio and is a dog-friendly show featuring the Bay Area’s best comics, a night of laughs, treats, and good boys. Featuring Shanti Charan, Phil Griffiths, DJ Real, and Allison Hooker. Hosted by Marcie Rogo, Luisa Isbell, and Ali Littman. Come early to grab a drink and spot for you and your friends (furry and otherwise). Tickets, $8 humans, dogs free, will also be available at the door.


East Bay SPCA Winter Animal Camp 2018. Dec. 26-28, Wed.-Fri., and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Jan. 2-4, Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8323 Baldwin St., Oakland, and 4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin. Kids learn to appreciate and respect animals while having fun. Camp includes animal interactions, hands-on activities, pet-themed games, take-home crafts. Each session offered in Oakland and Dublin. For kids in first-fifth grades, $225 per child, registration opens Nov. 1. Sign up today at


EBSPCA’s Give a Pet a Home for the Holidays. Dec. 1-31, 8323 Baldwin St., Oakland, and 4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin. Adoptions fees are waived on all animals with holiday-themed names. See who’s waiting to meet you at


Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Graduation Ceremonies. Sat., Dec. 8 and 22, 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.


Hayward Animal Shelter’s A Home for the Holidays and Photos With Santa “Claws.” Dec. 15-16, Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., noon-3 p.m., Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. Free adoptions (sponsored by Santacon Hayward). Plus bake sale and raffle. Bring your furry, featured, or scaly friend for photos with Mr. Claws, $10 donation. Open your home to a new furry family member this holiday season. Visit, 510-293-7200.


2nd Annual Jingle Bell Pup Crawl. Sat., Dec. 8, noon-4 p.m., Truitt Bark Park, 1818 Q St., Sacramento. Grab your pup and holiday spirit for the Sacramento SPCA’s 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Pup Crawl. Enjoy drink and food specials, photos with Santa Paws, and holiday activity stations at each Pup Crawl stop. Your ticket purchase supports the animals at the Sacramento SPCA. Pup Crawl Stops: Truitt Bark Park (Check-In Location), Big Stump Brewing Company, Federalist Public House. Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse, Der Biergarten (weather permitting), Golden Road (weather permitting), Device Brewing Company at the Ice Blocks., 916-383-7387


Nick’s Cove Eighth Annual Holiday Open House. Sun., Dec. 2, 3-5 p.m., Nick’s Cove, 23240 Highway 1, Marshall. Get in the holiday spirit as Nick’s Cove welcomes Santa Claus to its Holiday Open House. Santa will arrive by water sleigh around 3 p.m. Children and their families are invited to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and cider in the Boat Shack as they wait to talk to Santa. A photographer will be on hand to take portraits with Santa; however, you are welcome to bring your own camera. Join in for a fun-filled day for a great cause., 415-663-1033.


Paw-Séa Pup Play Park Grand Opening. Sun., Dec. 2, 2-6 p.m.. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. It’s the grand opening of The Paw-Séa. The new 1,100 square foot outdoor pup play area outfitted with a lifeguard station dog house, a local artist commissioned wall mural featuring dog angel wings for coveted Instagram travel photos, and all the space a vacationing four-legged friend could want. 2 p.m., pup reception with meet and greet with local social media pup-fluencers; 2:30 p.m., Paw-séa reveal with Lago, Paséa Hotel’s director of barketing; 3 p.m., official ribbon cutting; 3:15–4:30 p.m., Puppalooza vendor showcase; 4–6 p.m., Santa Paws photos with Santa at Pacific City Main Deck.


Santa Paws Photos on Macy’s Holiday Lane. Nov. 29, 5 p.m., Macy’s Union Square, Level 7, 170 O’Farrell St., San Francisco. The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s team up to bring you Santa Paws, a special holiday event where you and your beloved pup can get a close-up with Mr. Claus and meet special Animal Assisted Therapy animals Eddie the Black Labrador Retriever and more.


Wags N Wine Holiday Party. Thu., Dec. 13, 6-9 p.m., The Waterfont Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. Join the fun at the Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation Holiday Party. The event includes fine wine, beer, food bites, dessert, silent auction, opportunity drawings, and live musical entertainment. Dogs are welcome, and included. Proceeds benefit Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation., 714-328-8661.


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