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January 2020 Calendar

33rd Annual Holiday Windows for SFACC and SFSPCA. Through Jan. 1, 2020, Macy’s Union Square, 170 O’Farrell St., San Francisco. San Francisco Animal Care and Control partners with the San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Union Square for the 33rd Annual Holiday Windows. This is the first time that SF ACC will be part of the event. In addition to cats and dogs, this year’s Holiday Windows will feature adorable, adoptable small animals like rabbits, chinchillas, and guinea pigs. The Windows remain open every day throughout the holiday season from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year alone, 239 animals found homes at Holiday Windows and more than $77,000 was donated to support the SF SPCA’s year-round lifesaving programs.,

ARF’s Stars to the Rescue. Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Join Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation for Stars to the Rescue. On stage, the spotlight shines on celebrity performers who donate their time to present an evening of music while raising money for ARF’s life-saving programs. Headlining the concert this year is Grammy-nominee country star Trace Adkins along with performances by Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Rock guitarist Al Pitrelli with vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, and comedian Elayne Boosler. Proceeds from the event allow ARF to save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, bringing people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. $50-$275,,

Emporium Dog Day — Rocket Dog Rescue Benefit. Sun., Jan. 26, 2-6 p.m., Emporium SF, 616 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Emporium is donating 25 percent of bar proceeds to Rocket Dog Rescue. This dogs-allowed afternoon for the 21-plus crowd includes doggie and human treats, ear scratches, play sessions, and new furry friends, including pups for adoption, doggie treats, toys, gift bags, custom made personalized dog pins, live art by Sirron Norris, and more. Rocket Dog Rescue is a San Francisco Bay Area dog rescue organization run by volunteers who save dogs from death at over-crowded shelters and find them loving, happy homes. Now in its 18th year, RDR is has saved the lives of over 10,500 animals.

Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show 2020. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 25-26, Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, 8 a.m.-5p.m. Dog lovers get their chance to meet over 1,000 dogs from more than 100 breeds competing from around the world at the largest benched dog show in the West. A benched show is organized with breeds grouped on special benches, where owners, breeders and canine experts answer your questions about finding and caring for the right dog for you. Adoption and rescue groups with purebreds and mixed breeds of all ages will also be on hand with loving companions waiting for the right family. Lots of demos, vendors, and fierce competitions. General admission $19; senior $16; children (4-12 years) $16; family plan (two adults, two children) $59. Tickets can be purchased online and are always available onsite each day of the shows.

Meet ARF’s Hug Pack Therapy Pets. Sat, Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda. Barbara Brady-Smith presents her book, Hug Tails: Portraits of Therapy Pets, allowing attendees to meet therapy pets, learn about therapy animals, and enjoy some hug-tail time. Brady-Smith will read some of her favorite stories from her book featuring The Pet Hug Pack from Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Pets from the Pet Hug Pack will visit with children and adults.

SeaLionPalooza. Fri., Jan. 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, The Embaracadero at Beach Street, San Francisco. Dance the night away to celebrate 30 years of Sea Lions in the Bay at this after-hours aquarium event. This 21-plus event, which requires an ID at the door, is a special combination of science and socializing. Get in touch with your nerdy side. Stroll through 300-foot tunnels while you share a drink with a shark, enjoy some beats under the Bay, and get crafty with hands-on science-based activities. $30,, buy tickets on Eventbrite.

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Main article photo by: Photo courtesy Golden gate Kennel Club