08/26/2010 12:00 AM |

Lend a helping ‘paw’

to Kent’s homeless animals

Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton has teamed up with Marley Ozyilmaz of the Calverton Getty/Baskin Robbins in a new fundraising campaign called Pause for Paws.

Animal-loving patrons of Getty/Baskin Robbins can purchase a paw for $1, $5 or $10, write their name on it and display it on the wall inside the shop. In addition, Mr. Ozyilmaz will donate four cents to Kent for every gallon of FlexFuel sold at his station.

Bean and Bagel Cafà in Calverton has also jumped on the Pause for Paws bandwagon, and Kent hopes to expand the effort to include other local businesses.

If you prefer to donate online, you’ll receive a paw badge to display on social media sites. Visit

Sailor Kids need boats

North Fork Women’s Resource Center is seeking donations of boats to be used in its Sailor Kids program for underprivileged children. Donations of appliances, bikes, furniture and vehicles are also welcome for the center’s Riverhead thrift shop.

Donations are tax-deductible. Call 631-734-4233.

A whale of a drive

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation has launched a drive to get 500 rescued seals, whales, dolphins or sea turtles adopted this season. Adoption packages, available for $30 or $40, include photos and bios of your animal, an official adoption certificates and more. You can also enter a drawing, online or at Atlantis Marine World, to win a “super adoption” package. Kids up to age 10 can enter a weekly coloring contest at the rescue center. For more information about the foundation’s mission and activities, call 369-9840 or visit riverhead

Free cat spay/neuter clinic

SAVES will sponsor a free spay/neuter clinic for cats on Saturday, Aug. 28 at PETCO in Riverhead. Distemper and rabies shots and optional ear-notching will also be available. Services will be delivered by Helping Paw Inc. of Commack in its mobile van. Cats are to be dropped off in the morning for afternoon pickup.

Space is limited; a $25 deposit, to be refunded when you arrive, is required to hold a spot. Call 722-0015 to reserve.

Fall at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches is now a year-round respite destination for children with disabilities.

Children up to age 21 can spend weekends there this fall and participate in activities including baking, arts and crafts, games and movies. Each session will have a unique theme and be limited to 14 campers, who will be supervised by five counselors.

Fall dates are Sept. 17-19, Oct. 8-10, Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 17-19. The cost is $350 per camper per session. Call 878-1070 or visit

Artists: Apply for SOS grants

Local artists can apply for Strategic Opportunity Stipend grants ranging from $200 to $1,500, offered through the New York Foundation for the Arts and the East End Arts Council. The grants are designed to enable artists outside New York City to take advantage of opportunities that can significantly benefit their work or career development.

Artists working in all visual media, as well as musicians, performers and writers, may apply for grants to support third-party opportunities that will occur between Nov. 1, 2010, and May 21, 2011.

All applications are due at the EEAC office in Riverhead by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24.

To qualify, you must live full-time in Suffolk or Nassau county, be at least 18 and not be enrolled in a degree program. For an application form, visit or call the East End Arts Council at 727-0900.