Small ways that you can make a big difference

Paddle away …

… at the Hoewa Outrigger Club, 320 E. Lawther. The group will host the first Paddle for the Cure event at White Rock Lake from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 17. There will be races for kayaks, canoes, surf skis and other vessels. The $50 registration fee benefits breast cancer awareness and research. More details are available at or by emailing Nancy Felix at


Donate pet supplies, pet food, or your time …
… to Aunt Louise’s Pet Pantry, a new program that is part of the Senior’s Pet Assistance Network (SPAN). Lake Highlands resident Adelle Taylor founded SPAN to pair people with pets and to help low-income senior citizens take care of their pets. Dr. Robert and Becky Bender honored a family member who died in 2008 by providing the initial donation to establish Aunt Louise’s Pet Pantry, “Aunt Louise passed on her love of animals to many of us in the family and I can’t think of a better way to honor her,” says Becky Bender. If you wish to donate to the pet pantry or partner with SPAN, email or log on to for more information.

Know of ways that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion to