Who nuzzles our necks and sits all day on the couch with us when we're sad? Dogs do. Pam Gaber knows the healing power of a pooch, so she started Gabriel's Angels to take Fido's fidelity to those who need it most. Volunteer Angels pad into Valley hospitals, shelters, and Boys and Girls Clubs, bringing tail-wagging cheer and soulful looks to abused kids. Dog-loyal and dedicated, these best friends need funding to share the love. Support a doggone good cause this Saturday, February 21; join the Gabriel's Angels Walk for Kids and Doggie Beach Party, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tempe's Kiwanis Park, 6111 South All-America Way. You'll have piles of fun playing fetch, wolfing a picnic lunch and sniffing out potential friends. Admission is $20 per participant, $35 for families. For more information, see www.petshelpingkids.org or call 480-460-5333. - Kim Toms
Birdwatching hike hits the trails
Everybody knows about the bird. One-up 'em this Saturday, February 21, at Arizona Horse Lovers Park, 19224 North Tatum. From 9 to 10:30 a.m., a free birdwatchers' hike surveys the park's xeroriparian habitat, where 120 species have been spotted. Call 602-534-4656 or 602-534-4657 for details. - Jill Koch
See how a blind man climbed Mt. Everest
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An athlete of vision visits the Celebrity Theatre this Tuesday, February 24. Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to conquer Mount Everest, discusses his achievements -- reaching each continent's highest peak -- and screens Farther Than the Eye Can See, a documentary about his adventures. Tickets, $20 to $35, are available at REI in Tempe and Paradise Valley. - Jill Koch