Children and their parents are invited to Honey’s Marketplace on Saturday, July 16, between 9 and 10 a.m. for the second Pets are Family Sidewalk Chalk event. Teachers from around the country taking part in a Best Friends Animal Society national workshop, with the help of local children and their parents, will create parking lot chalk art depicting animals needing homes.

Sponsored by the Humane Education Department of Best Friends, “Sidewalk Chalk” is being held for the second consecutive year. The educators are here to take part in Best Friends Animal Society’s “Humane Education for Educators” workshop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Mats and chalks will be provided for young artists (and for parents if they want to draw too).

The event is based on one of the outreach projects available on the Best Friends NextGen website, where there are dozens of humane education outreach programs for young people of all ages. The website provides age-appropriate projects and lesson plans on animal issues that help students to make a difference for animals in their communities.

This project promotes the idea that pets are members of families, deserving of a loving home for their entire lives. Participants are reminded to bring a hat for sun protection and water to drink.

For more information, contact Dr. Sandy Byland at Best Friends, 644-2001, ext. 4847,