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By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: November 12, 2012

• Akron Zoo — 500 Edgewood Ave., will celebrate Veterans Day with free admission to all military personnel and veterans Nov. 11-17. Veterans or people currently serving in the military will have to show a military ID to receive the discount. On Nov. 1, the zoo began winter hours, opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and with a discounted $6 admission fee per person. Children under two are free. Parking is $2. www.akronzoo.org, 330-375-2550.

• Cleveland Metroparks Zoo ­— 20th anniversary celebration of the RainForest, 3900 Wildlife Way, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17-19. Special events include activities, such as enrichment demonstrations, giveaways, music and crafts. Meet the keeper sessions Nov. 19 with special guest Radio Disney and free admission to the RainForest. The zoo is easily accessible from interstates 71, 90 and 480. www.clemetzoo.com, 216-661-6500.

• Portage Animal Protective League — The Fairways at Twin Lakes, 1590 Overlook Road, Kent, will hold Paws to Taste, 6-9 p.m., Dec. 1. The fundraiser will feature First Flight wines and Great Lakes Brewery beers to sample and purchase for holiday gift giving. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction of holiday gift baskets and music from pianist Jack Hurd. Attendees must be 21. Admission is $40. Send payment to Portage APL, 8122 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, OH 44266.

• Petco Foundation­— Petco’s Third Annual Pet Food Dive is set to end Sunday. Petco stores nationwide have teamed up with local food banks to combat hunger with its Pet Food Bank Program. Food collection bins are located in more than 1,150 stores nationwide. Last year, more than 338,000 pounds of pet food was collected nationwide.

Kathy Antoniotti writes about pets for the Akron Beacon Journal. She is unable to help locate, place or provide medical attention for an individual animal. If you have an idea or question about pets, write her at the Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640; call 330-996-3565; or email to kantoniotti@thebeaconjournal.com.

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