The Humane Society of Knox County will heat up this strange winter with its third annual Tropical Getaway Saturday, March 3. The fun-filled fundraiser will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on the lower level of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St., and will feature the island sounds of Midcoast Maine’s steel drum band Steelin’ Thunder.

There will be plenty of fabulous food, beer and wine, raffles and entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to don their best tropical-themed outfits and join in on the fun of dancing, a limbo contest, hula hoopin’ and more, or just sit back and just enjoy the music. Everyone will want to take a chance on the 50/50 raffle or on raffles featuring donations from local businesses and more.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Loyal Biscuit, Hollydachs, Pet Quarters, Home Kitchen Café or the shelter on Buttermilk Lane, Thomaston; they also will be sold at the door. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the care of the more than 1,200 animals who come to the Humane Society of Knox County each year needing medical care, shelter, food, love and attention and a second chance at a loving home.

Lead sponsor for the event is Horch Roofing; and sponsors are Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care and Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. For more information, call 594-4897; visit hskcME.org; or send or email to humane@midcoast.com.

The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs and Morrill. The shelter is open Mondays through Saturdays.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.