• Volunteer orientation – 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue, 2303 Oak Leaf St., Joliet. Come dressed to volunteer for a short training. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. RSVP at 779-206-2132. For information, visit www.hopefultailsanimalrescue.org.
• Cat adoption – 5 to 7 p.m.; also 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Bolingbrook PetSmart on Weber Road. Call Humane Haven Animal Shelter at 630-378-4208 for information or an appointment. All Humane Haven cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, FeLV/FIV tested and have their distemper and rabies shots.
• Paint Your Pet & Sip To Benefit Humane Haven Animal Shelter – 6 to 9 p.m., Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge, 335 E Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Purchase tickets at paintyourpetandsip.com.
• “Bats! Bats! Bats!” – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access, Shorewood. Bust bat myths, participate in bat related activities and watch for bats flying at dusk. Bring a blanket or chairs and bug repellent and wear long pants. Free; ages 5 and older. Visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
• “A Walk in the Woods Bird Hike" registration deadline – Event is 8 to 10 a.m., Aug. 10, Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access, Hidden Shelter, Shorewood. Learn from an interpretive naturalist and other birders. Free; ages 18 or older. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.
• Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday – 1 to 3 p.m., Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington. Fire safety awareness, Smoky movies on the big screen. Earn a "Smokey Bear's Partner Certificate." All ages. RSVP: 815-423-6370
• “Lake Renwick Bird Viewing" – 8 a.m. to noon, Forest Preserve District of Will County’s, Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, Plainfield. Bring own binoculars. Free. All ages. Visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
• Ryker is Turning 4! Help us Celebrate! – 9 to 11 a.m., Senior Star at Weber Place, 605 Edward Drive, Romeoville. Puppy and dog adoptions. Bring items for animal rescues. Sing "Happy Birthday" at 10:30. Dog costume contest at 10:45 a.m. Donuts for dogs, face painting, bake sale, kids activities. Call 815-306-4160.
• Low Cost Shot Clinic – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue,
2303 Oak Leaf Street, Joliet. Canine distemper, feline distemper, canine influenza and bordetella. Walk-ins only if available. Schedule appointments at Hopefultails.ShotClinic@gmail.com. For information, visit hopefultailsanimalrescue.org or call 779-206-2132.
• “Little Explorers" registration deadline – Event is Aug. 14. 90-minute sessions start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Topic: Magic of spiders. Ages 3-5, but younger children are welcome. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.