Pet costume contest HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Registration for New Hope Animal Rescue's 17th annual pet Halloween costume contest is at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at the large shelter at Valley Park in Hurricane. Judging begins at 1:30 p.m. There will be seven categories: scariest, funniest, prettiest, most original, pet/owner look-alike, former shelter pet and group costume. There is a $3 entry fee per category. A photographer will be available to photograph pets and their owners. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Hope's spay/neuter and medical programs as well as its mission to build a no-kill animal shelter in the Kanawha and Putnam counties area. New Hope Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, no-kill foster and rescue group. For more information, call New Hope at 304-562-0300. WWII veterans film INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- HospiceCare will show the documentary "Honor Flight," which chronicles the lives of World War II veterans, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Davis Fine Arts Building on the campus of West Virginia State University in Institute. There is no admission charge. HospiceCare has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. HospiceCare is working to meet stringent requirements that will help improve the care provided to veterans. To learn more about the program, visit www.wehonorveterans.org. Counseling conference BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Counseling Association will hold its fall conference Nov. 7-9 at the Bridgeport Conference Center. Keynote speaker will be Paul R. Peluso, chairman of the American Counseling Association's DSM-5 task force. He served as the assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., marriage and family therapist at Odyssey Family Counseling Center in McDonough, Ga., and currently is program coordinator for mental health counseling in the department of counselor education at Florida Atlantic University. The conference is open to counseling professionals and other professionals needing 18-plus continuing education credits and to the general public. Call 304-766-8661 with questions regarding the conference.