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Spaw days for Japan

Bring your pooch to Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital for a day of pampering on Saturday, April 16, and spoil Fido for a good cause.

Half of the proceeds from each “Spaw” day purchase will be given to the Red Cross to support relief efforts related to the earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami. The other half of proceeds will benefit the World Vets volunteer organization, which works for animal relief efforts around the globe.

For $5, your furry four-legged pal can receive such services as a canine massage from Lisa Simmerman at StellaEarth, a professional pedicure treatment with optional nail polish, coat brushing treatment, take-home bandana, professional photo portrait by Marsha Steckling from Evie Photography and fresh-baked doggie cookies from Paws Barkery.

Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital and Out-U-Go! will match all funds collected up to $500. The event will also feature food, beverages, music and raffle items from Boulder businesses.

Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital is located at 685 S. Broadway (in the Table Mesa Shopping Center), and the event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Donate to Safehouse

Local acupuncturists Theresa Ugalde and Barbara Mahler of the Apothica Studio are teaming up with NAYA Organics and several other local businesses on April 23 to host an open house and raffle to benefit Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN).

SPAN is the domestic violence intervention and prevention program serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Apothica, at 735 Poplar Ave. in Boulder. Each guest at the open house will be able to purchase as many raffle tickets as they like to enter to win gift certificates from Apothica Studio, DollHouse Studio, Purple Flower Spa and NAYA Organics. All of the businesses donating are woman-owned and –operated, and all of the proceeds from the raffle will go to SPAN.

“Each year SPAN has to raise more than $1.5 million to be able to continue offering services and support to domestic violence survivors and their children,” said SPAN Development Director Alexandra Lynch. “We can’t do this alone — we rely on the support of the entire community. And events like this open house are a wonderful way to reach new people, raise more awareness, create more community.”

Pupusas Sabor Hispano restaurant in north Boulder will be providing appetizers, and North Boulder Liquor is donating wine. Kelsey Riley, owner of NAYA Organics, will also have her product line for sale at the event, and will be donating 15 percent of sales to SPAN.

Solar grant deadline extended

The application deadline for City of Boulder Solar Grant Funds has been extended to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

The City of Boulder Solar Grant Fund (formerly known as the ClimateSmart Solar Grant Fund) is dedicated to providing financial assistance through grants toward installation of photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal systems on housing in the city’s permanently affordable housing program; lower-income housing developed and/or owned by nonprofit organizations; and facilities of nonprofit organizations.

The program is funded by revenue generated through a solar rebate ordinance that the Boulder City Council approved in 2006. The city collects taxes on the sales and installation of solar technologies, using the revenue to fund the City of Boulder Solar Grant Fund and to provide sales-tax rebates to those who pay solar sales and use taxes. Approximately $150,000 is currently available for solar grants.

Since the first grant cycle in March 2008, a total of $232,784 has been awarded to nonprofit organizations and homeowners participating in the city’s affordable housing program. The grant funds have resulted in improvements that save approximately $38,000 annually and prevent about 265 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted per year.

For applications and more program information, visit the city’s Solar Rebate and Grant Programs website at