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The following article was posted on August 28th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 25 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 25

Community Corner: Spend the 'Dog Day Afternoon' with Altrusa

BY AMY ASMAN

Altrusa of the Central Coast is celebrating International Literacy Day on Sept. 7 with “Dog Day Afternoon,” a free event for dog lovers of all ages starting at 11 a.m. at the Orcutt Public Library, 175 S. Broadway, in Old Orcutt.

Author and Pismo Beach resident Destry Ramey will read from her pug-themed book 
series, “The Adventures of Hunter and Ramona.” Ramey is a pediatric nurse practitioner; the children in her practice, along with her son’s two pugs, inspired her to write her debut book, What About Me?

Laura Selken with Altrusa said the theme of the event came about because one of the group’s members had a bunch of plastic dog noses she wanted to give away. Altrusa is host to a differently themed event each month.

After the reading, attendees are invited to go out on the library patio to watch trainers demonstrate how to communicate best with your pet. The event will end with an arts and crafts session, during which everyone will make therapeutic sock toys for dogs at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society.

Attendees are asked to leave their dogs at home, but are encouraged to bring a dog or cat food item to donate to the shelter. Altrusa will transport the food to the shelter.

Altrusa of Central Coast is part of an international network of community service organizations and currently promotes volunteerism, literacy and youth in Santa Maria and the surrounding area. It has “adopted” the Orcutt Public Library for the year and continues to support the facility with programs for all ages.

“If anyone comes up with a unique idea [for an event], we’re happy to try it,” Selken said.

For more information on the event or joining Altrusa, contact Laura Selken at 937-0222 or e-mail her at alvinjd34@verizon.net.