Calendar Crashers

I love a clean slate. I like fresh calendars and unwritten journals. I like new shoes. I like the blank canvas aisle at the art store. I like unburned candles. I like empty photo boxes and books with unbroken bindings. New things represent the promise of accomplishment and the adventure that goes with it.

Even more than I like new things, I love full calendars, well-worn journals, scuffed shoes, framed art, melted candles, old ticket stubs and dog-eared pages.

A favorite line from a song by Poi Dog Pondering goes, “You should wear with pride the scars on your skin to remember the adventures and the places you’ve been.”

While I have been blessed with few scars to my actual person, I like to think of these “scars” as use, and sometimes abuse, of the things in my life. Couches worn in well by big dogs, marker stains on the kitchen table, nose prints on the glass doors and hardwood scarred by Hot Wheels …

Most of the “scars” in my life are from kids and pets. My journals, my canvases, my photo collection, the books I read, the scented candles I burn, the bottoms of my shoes from time to time and certainly my calendars are reflective of the adventures I’ve had with them.

Many people would be happy never to find crayon on the wall, dog hair in their coffee or that they had put two things in one calendar spot (again). I don’t know what I’d do otherwise, which leads me to laugh off the idea of a 2015 calendar looking remarkably different from 2014. If anything, it will be more (lots more) of the same.

Just in case you’d like to join me in overscheduling your 2015 calendar and sporting the scars of animal welfare, here’s a calendar crash compliments of the SPCA:

• Jan. 1-30 – Happy Neuter Year!

• Friday, Jan. 30 – A Play to Spay, featuring Norm Foster’s Hilda’s Yard, 7:30 p.m.

• Feb. 1-24 – Lawn Litters

• Tuesday, Feb. 24 – SPAYghetti Dinner, 6 p.m.

• Sunday, March 22 – Volunteer Appreciation, 1 p.m.

• Sunday, March 22 – Serena’s Star, 1 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 1 – Yappy Hour, 6 to 9 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 6 – Yappy Hour, 6 to 9 p.m.

• Saturday, May 9 – Dog Wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, June 3 – Yappy Hour, 6 to 9 p.m.

• Saturday, June 13 – Dog Wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, June 17 – jrSPCA meeting, 6 p.m.

• Wednesday, July 1 – Yappy Hour, 6 to 9 p.m.

• Saturday, July 11 – Dog Wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Yappy Hour, 6 to 9 p.m.

• Saturday, Aug. 8 – Dog Wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 2 – Yappy Hour, 6 to 9 p.m.

• Saturday, Sept. 12 – Dog Wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Saturday, Oct. 10 – Barkaritaville & Twilight Walk, 6 p.m.

You can find information about all of our 2015 events at, but just to get you started in the right direction, here’s the rundown on January and February.

We kicked off January with “Happy Neuter Year,” a neuter special made possible by a grant from Petsmart Charities. The grant enabled us to offer 86 neuter surgeries for male pets in January for just $20. At last count, we were nearly full, but you can call 803-648-6863 to book an appointment under this special or find out if you qualify for a similar program.

At the end of the month – Jan. 30 – we will offer A Play to Spay. Paladin Productions, a local traveling theater troupe, will visit the SPCA with the hysterical Norm Foster comedy, “Hilda’s Yard.” Set in 1956, “Hilda’s Yard” takes Sam and Hilda Fluck through one trying and extraordinary day in which their grown son, Gary, loses his job and moves back home. At the same time, their sheltered daughter leaves her husband and shows up on the Flucks’ doorstep. “Hilda’s Yard” is a poignant and funny look at timeless family dynamics.

Beer and wine will be available before the performance and during intermission. Tickets are just $10 and will benefit the SPCA’s affordable spay and neuter program. You can get tickets online at or by calling 803-648-6863.

In February, you will again see our Lawn Litters appearing all over Aiken. Email me at [email protected] if you know a good sport that would like to have their lawn littered to prevent pet overpopulation. More information about this annual project to come!

Get your clean slate started off right by helping the SPCA help the pets of the CSRA. We are looking forward to booking a full calendar and creating lots of new adventures with you!

Chrissey Miller, CAWA

Development Director

SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare

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