The 2012 Dog Daze of Summer Show at Jane Hamilton Fine Art featured the works of Louis Mason. This is "Star Gazers" 12x12"  

This weekend

The Pima Animal Care Center is throwing a Christmas in July Adoption Party Friday through Sunday. The county shelter will waive adoption fees for the hundreds of animals in its care. There is a $15 licensing fee for dogs.

There will also be a Tucson Food Truck Roundup and free pictures with Santa.

Located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, PACC is open for adoptions noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

PACC is in the midst of a competition to win $100,000 by finding homes for 5,000 pets by Aug. 31. The shelter is among 50 shelters in the nationwide ASPCA $100K Challenge.

Next weekend

The Third Annual Dog Days of Summer to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona takes place July 25 at Plaza Colonial.

The pet-friendly fundraiser, organized by Jane Hamilton, who owns Jane Hamilton Fine Art, features a Doggy Fashion Show with canine clothing created and designed by students from The Art Institute of Tucson. Pet clothing also will be for sale, and HSSA is bringing adoptable animals.

There will also be pet caricatures for $5 each; $1 mini-gelato cones from Tavolino Ristorante Italiano and $2 New York-style hot dogs from Shlomo & Vito’s Delicatessen & Pizza Kitchen.

The cost is $5 per person or five for $20 for a Plaza “Pawsport”/raffle ticket that must be stamped at participating businesses for the chance to win prizes donated by Plaza Colonial merchants.

The event runs 5 to 9 p.m. July 25 at Plaza Colonial, 2850 E. Skyline Drive.

For information about volunteering or in-kind donations for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, go to or call 327-6088.

— Arizona Daily Star