‘Make that Tail Wag’ is tonight

The annual “Make that Tail Wag” fundraiser benefitting the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County is tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Mill Room of Banita Creek Hall.

Available at the door, the $25 admission includes a membership in the Humane Society and goes toward the nonprofit’s Spay-Neuter project. Since last year, more than 2,000 animals have been spayed or neutered through the organization’s voucher program.

Entertainment will be provided by East Texas musician Sam Shupak. Admission includes appetizers and a Silver Collar level membership in the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County. Pet calendars will be available for $25 each.

After the event, a limited number of calendars will be sold at the city animal shelter, at the Townhouse on North Street and at Commercial Bank downtown.

SFA Gardens to host kiwi fruit field day

SFA hosts its third Kiwifruit Field Day on Friday, Sept. 20, with presentations on the growing, research and marketing of kiwifruit.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Lunch will be provided, followed by a tour of the kiwifuit field trials at SFA Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for participants.

Speakers will include Dr. David Creech and Malcolm Turner of SFA Gardens, Tim Hartmann of Texas A&M University, and David Anderson of Anderson Food Sales and Marketing in Nacogdoches. Topics include global market and pricing trends; local and regional market opportunities; New Zealand, Chile and China production updates; research findings on kiwifruit chilling requirements; pH and alkalinity impact on plant performance; and details for a prototype kiwifruit orchard.

The cost of the field day is $30 per person and advance registration is required. To register, visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Volunteers advocate for nursing home residents

The Deep East Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers in Nacogdoches and Shelby counties to advocate for residents living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities through its Ombudsman Program.

Volunteer ombudsmen visit residents, identify and investigate complaints and educate families and facility staff on protecting the health and rights of those living in long-term care. Ombudsman services are free and confidential.

Volunteers must be at least 18 and complete a free, 36-hour training course that includes classroom, self-study and in-facility training. No prior experience is required. Hours are flexible and are determined by each volunteer. Training starts Oct. 22. Registration is required. Contact Tonya Jackson-Simpson at 409-384-5704, Ext. 5326 or tonya.jackson@detcog.org to register for the free course.

Deadline Friday for dinner tickets

The deadline is Friday to purchase ticket to the Statesman’s Dinner hosted by the Nacogdoches County Republican Party and featuring Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht.

The Sept. 19 dinner will be held at the Fredonia Hotel, with a private reception at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets are $75, with sponsorships beginning at $600. For information, call 936-554-0938, email info@nacgop.com or visit www.nacgop.com.

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