Yes, these dog days of summer are definitely dragging on, aren’t they? The assortment of stores at La Plaza Shoppes, at Tanque Verde near Grant Road, plans to lift those sweaty spirits with a party 5-9 p.m. Friday.

The Plaza — home to spots like Posh Boutique, Embellish Home Etc., A Fine Line Stationery & Gift Boutique and Creative Juice, among others — will feature art, entertainers, wine tastings and nibbles and even take-home projects.

The plaza is also collecting donations and items for animal rescue group, Pima Paws for Life.

Want more of the animal kingdom?

Pima Animal Care Center has a big evening planned from 5-10 p.m. Saturday.

PACC Pride will have pet and drag shows, things for the kids to do, food trucks, crafts, music and free adoptions. Adopt and you’ll get a special Pride Prize from the PACC.

It’s happening at the center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road.

Kristen Cook and Kathleen Allen