SENIOR RESOURCES AND UNITED WAY VOLUNTEERS will close out the CityServeColumbia project with a pet food drive for Meals on Wheels pets in need 9 a.m.-noon Friday in the Senior Resources parking lot, 2817 Millwood Ave. You don’t even have to get out of your car to help Meals on Wheels pet owners; you also might want to check out volunteer opportunities. (803) 252-7734, ext. 256
THE DRYCLEANING AND LAUNDRY INSTITUTE has launched a wire hanger recycling campaign, reusing as many as possible and sending all unusable hangers to a recycling agent. Local folks may drop off unwanted wire hangers at any Ed Robinson Laundry & Dry Cleaning location — 4903 Forest Drive, 800 Sparkleberry Lane, 317 Royal Tower Drive, Irmo, and 1615 N. Beltline Blvd.
BI-LO GROCERY STORES are hosting the annual PAWS “Feed the Love” campaign, a pet food drive in which food donations go to local area food banks for families in need to provide food for the four-legged members of their families. Nationally, approximately seven million pets are surrendered to shelters each year due to the inability of the owners to pay for food. Shoppers may purchase a $5 bag of pet food with their BI-LO Bonus Card and the food will be delivered to the store’s food bank partner for distribution. The bag contains a week’s worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, BI-LO’s brand of cat and dog food.
PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES (PAALS) has launched its new V.I.P. program, Veterans’ Important PAALS, and is looking for interested local service members and veterans. The program will incorporate qualified rescue dogs that have been obedience-trained by Prison PAALS members to go to service members and veterans (at no charge) in need of a safe, loyal, well-behaved companion. Two dogs are available for immediate placement with more becoming available on a regular basis. PAALS already places service dogs with soldiers and veterans with combat-related injuries, whether they aid them mentally or physically. Some of the PAALS service dogs in training do not meet all of the requirements for a full-fledged service dog, so the V.I.P. program was created to place these dogs as companions. (803) 788-7063; http://www.paals.org
SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through April 30 at 1410 N. Millwood Ave. Each multi-point inspection takes about 30 minutes. Participants will receive a completed copy of the inspection form and an opportunity to review the results with a service adviser. Call (803) 256-2110 to set up an appointment; drop-ins are also welcome.
THE CITY OF CAYCE is participating in the free prescription discount card program for residents. The program, sponsored by the National League of Cities, saves city residents an average of 23 percent off the retail price of prescription medications. To obtain a card (good for the whole family), go to http://www.caremark.com/nic or pick up a card at Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St.
DINING OUT FOR LIFE®, a national fundraiser for those affected with HIV/AIDS will be Thursday at several restaurants in Columbia. Dine out at a participating restaurant and a portion of your check will go towards the registered local AIDS service organization. Here are your choices: Blue Fin Seafood Restaurant and Bar, 461-4 Town Center Place; Deli Say No More, 1616 Taylor St.; Drip, 729 Saluda Ave.; Food Gallery, 3702 River Drive; Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles, 110-A Columbia Northeast Drive; Momo’s Bistro, 2930 Devine St.; Mr. Friendly’s, 2001-A Greene St.; Rosso Trattoria Italia, 4840 Forest Drive; Tombo Grille, 4509 Forest Drive; Village Idiot Pizza, 4517 Forest Drive; and Yesterday’s, 2030 Devine St. Revente Shop Til You Drop, 737 Saluda Ave., will donate 20 percent of their Thursday sales to the S.C. HIV/AIDS Council in honor of Dining Out for Life. http://www.diningoutforlife.com
FELICIA’S DANCE 4LIFE, a line-dance fundraising party will be 4-8 p.m. May 4 at Polo Road Park, 730 Polo Road; $10 per person. Proceeds will benefit Felicia Robinson, who has sickle-cell disease and needs a kidney transplant. (803) 360-5923