Back-to-school events highlight a slate of local activities scheduled during the first weekend of August in San Antonio.

Aug. 5

San Antonio Center of Photography will host a fundraiser. Visitors will be able to walk through the center and view local and regional photographers’ works that are on sale. Local photographers will contribute their work for the art sale and 50% of the proceeds will go to the artist and 50% will go towards future photography center programming and operations activities. Works will be on display through Aug. 20. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. 724 S. Alamo St., San Antonio.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s Latino Bookstore Summer Series presents an appearance with writer/activist Tony Diaz, who discusses his new book, “The Tip of the Pyramid: Cultivating Community Cultural Capital.” 6 p.m. Free. 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio.

Aug. 6

San Antonio Pets Alive will have a pet adoption event at Principle Volvo Cars San Antonio. Principle Volvo will sponsor the first 10 adoptions at the event. Noon-2 p.m. Free (admission). 1326 N. Loop 410 E., San Antonio.

Manny Pelaez, San Antonio District 8 City Council member, and partner community organizations will host a back-to-school bash. Students and families may receive free backpacks, school supplies and vaccines while supplies last. There will be dental screenings and giveaways. Children and teenagers must be present to receive a backpack or snack pack. Families may also enjoy a game truck, Hawaiian shaved ice and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Free (admission). Pre-K 4 SA North Education Center, 3635 Medical Drive, San Antonio.

The Briscoe Museum of Western Art, which is hosting “The Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America” exhibit, will have a hands-on painting activity with artist Chad Poppleton. He will guide participants in creating their own cowboy art. Preregistration ends Aug. 4; the event fee includes art supplies, but attendees are also free to bring their own. 1-4 p.m. $35 (museum members), $45 (nonmembers). 210 W. Market St., San Antonio. 210-299-4499.

Aug. 7

Mario Bravo, San Antonio District 1 City Council member, along with Spurs Give and community partners will have a back-to-school bash for parents, students and teachers at the AT&T Center. Opportunities include free school supplies, free dental and vision screenings, free vaccinations and assistance resources from more than 50 community organizations while supplies last. Parking, entry and participation are all free. You can register to win giveaways while in attendance by filling out this form: Registration is completely optional and not necessary to attend. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio.

Aug. 9

The San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture will host new exhibits at Centro de Artes Gallery. Leila Hernández’s exhibit “La Visa Negra 2.5: Tendiendo los Trapitos al Sol” features sustainable, recycled artworks that reflect on the cultural crossover between South Texas and northern Mexico. Artist Elizabeth Montelongo's “The Euphoric Dance of the Unconquered Mind” is a series of textured oil paintings of Mexika dancers that celebrate the continued tradition of Indigenous dance ceremony. Both exhibits will be on display through Dec. 30. Times vary. Free. 101 S. Santa Rosa Ave. San Antonio. 210-207-1436.

Aug. 10

Single Professionals Network San Antonio, a networking group for singles age 55 and up, will have a happy hour at Frida’s Mexican restaurant. Nonmembers are welcome. 4-6 p.m. Free (admission). 18740 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio.