Happy Trails

Your lovely spring hike can help little guys like this find a home -- and a stylin' sweater.
courtesy of Monica Aguirre

SAT 3/5
If your pooch's flabby paunch is starting to rival your beer gut, it's time to get that mutt some exercise.
Take a hike with your canine companion on Saturday, March 5, when local no-kill animal organizations Paw Placement and For the Luv of Dogz, along with the Canine Hiking Club of Arizona, hold their annual 1-to-3-mile fund-raising hike in the Arizona Horse Lovers Park, 19224 North Tatum Boulevard. In addition to the hike, Trail Trek 2005 includes plenty of adorably pathetic pups up for adoption, a silent auction, a raffle, and more than 25 pet-related vendors. Same-day registration starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the hike at 9 a.m. Fees are $20 per person, $40 per family. Money goes toward finding homes for homeless dogs and cats. Call 623-516-9422 or see www.pawplacement.com. -- Ashlea Deahl

Get the Flock Out!
Human race at Ostrich Festival

SUN 3/6
Pull your head out of the sand and run down to Tumbleweed Park, McQueen and Germann roads in Chandler, for the Ostrich Festival 5K Run & Walk, taking place at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 6. The entry fee is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. Visit www.ostrichfestival.com. -- Niki D'Andrea

Hoop Nightmare
Maybe this time . . .

THU 3/3
The annual rite of spring -- no, not Cactus League -- has the Arizona State University men's basketball team bending over once again for the Wildcats from down south when the Sun Devils "entertain" the University of Arizona at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Wells Fargo Arena, Sixth Street and Stadium Drive in Tempe. For tickets, $5 to $35, call 480-965-2381. -- Joe Watson

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