Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Ave.
$75; 6 p.m.
Ever gasp at the grace of a golden retriever running through wildflowers? Does the soft purr of a kitten evoke a Handel’s Messiah high? Perhaps you just like to doodle pigs with bowties? The point is, animals and art mix well. The Shamrock Foundation recognizes this. So for the 16th year, it’s throwing an Art for the Animals fundraiser. The event will include music, food, beer, wine, bourbon, and, naturally, art. A live and silent auction will showcase original artwork from both local and national artists. Even if you’re not an animal lover, this event should hold some appeal. For 20 years, the Shamrock Foundation, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, has helped curb pet overpopulation through spay/neutering programs. —Anne Marshall