Manny P. here…
The annual Palo Alto Humane Society’s Holiday Gala is back. This year’s theme is Oh For the Love of Critters. It’s a motion picture event that will be held at the Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St. on Thursday, December 6th, at 7p.
The 1943 classic Lassie Come Home will be hosted by Philip Giffin, an Emmy-nominated composer, and the producer / director of If Animals Could Speak For Themselves; a still-life movie about the work and history of the Palo Alto Humane Society volunteers. The evening’s celebrated feature presents a great cast, including Roddy McDowell, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, and the documented most popular actor in the history of MGM… Lassie.
This holiday event will open with a performance by Jeff Campbell, a professional bagpiper. Campbell has over 30 years of piping experience, and always performs in his complete Highland dress. He’s played for Queen Elizabeth II, a San Francisco mayor, and at numerous well-known ceremonies. The evening will also feature a representative from the NorCal Collie Rescue, a nonprofit oganization, dedicated in taking responsibility for collies at risk in Northern California.
Tickets are a nostalgic $2, which includes popcorn and a beverage. English garb is suggested to put you in the proper spirit of the evening. According to their website:
The Palo Alto Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, charitable, volunteer-supported organization. PAHS is one of the few humane societies nationwide with no animal shelter. Instead of managing animals inside a shelter, we work to keep animals out of the shelter through humane programs in intervention, advocacy, and education. For a century, our mission has been to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status of animals in our society.
Here’s a link to their website:
Liz and Dick on Lifetime premieres this evening, but the cable movie has been universally panned by critics. I preferred the idea of providing a more humane story. Giving the gift of life to orphaned dogs, cats, and other critters should put you in the true spirit of the Holidays.
Until next time> “never forget”