THE GOOD BOWL PROGRAM, an initiative of the Animal Mission, Natural Balance Pet Food, Lane and Austin Meyer and the Gillespie Agency, is working to help homeless pets. More than 250,000 pounds of premium cat and dog food have been made available to animal shelters and pet rescue groups, and donations will be made on an ongoing basis. Call (803) 422-8713 to request an application.
THE SALVATION ARMY OF THE MIDLANDS is launching Leveraging Literacy, a free program for students in grades 3-5 who are behind in their reading skills. Open House meetings for information and enrollment will be held 3:30-5 p.m. today and Monday through March 16 at the Cecil A. Tillis Family and Training Center, 2111 Simpkins Lane. Reading classes begin March 19 and will meet 3:30-5:30 p.m. weekdays at the center. (803) 667-4943
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THE MIDLANDS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION will sponsor a charity golf tournament, 8:45 a.m. Monday at Oak Hills Golf Club, 7629 Fairfield Road. Net proceeds will support Haitian relief efforts. Late entries accepted. Information at (803) 600-2315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC STUDENTS can raise money for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital just by practicing (a win-win situation!). Students in grades 6-8 get their practice minutes sponsored (music retailers and performing professionals have also chipped in to reward those who practice the most). Registration is $39; the deadline is March 17. The Practice Challenge runs April 15-May 15. To register, go to www.thepracticechallenge.com.
FRIENDS OF THE KERSHAW COUNTY LIBRARY book sale is slated for this weekend in the former Piggly Wiggly, Burndale Shopping Center, Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden. Hours are noon-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Children’s books begin at 25 cents and a bag of paperbacks will be $7. Remaining items from the weekend sale will be half price 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17.
PALMETTO ANIMAL ASSISTED LIFE SERVICES (PAALS) is in immediate need of Volunteer Weekend Fosters and Pupsitters for service dogs in training. Weekend Fosters must commit to provide a loving and safe indoor home to a PAALS’ service dog in training each weekend for a minimum of six months. Volunteer Pupsitters fill in as needed for Weekend Fosters. No previous training experience is required. Mandatory training will be provided, a home visit will be conducted and pets in the home must be tested prior to placement. Go to www.paals.org and click in the VOLUNTEER tab. New volunteer orientation will be held 6-7 p.m. March 20 at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle. Call (803) 788-7063.
SENIOR RESOURCES needs someone to pick up fresh produce 7 a.m. the second Wednesday monthly from the Farmer’s Market in West Columbia and deliver it to Park Street Baptist Church, 2204 Park St. by 7:30 a.m. The program will reimburse for gas mileage; an F-150 truck or vehicle of comparable size will be required; and volunteers should be able to help unload the produce (making for a total commitment of about two hours). For more information, call (803) 252-7734, ext. 246, or email email@example.com.