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How can you resist helping a face like this tonight @ Safari Sam's? / Photo of Sadie by Christine N. Ziemba

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE*: Only in LA, right? Paws for a Cause L.A. presents "Cha-ching for Cha Cha" tonight at Safari Sam's. It's a party to benefit local residents who can't pay emergency vet bills when their pets are injured. On the bill tonight are various burlesque acts, including Miss Viva Las Vegas 2008 Dizzy Von DAMN!, Red Snapper, Vixen Violette, Fever Blister and Ava Garter. Rockabilly acts include Tony James and the Jamesons and The Coffin Draggers with the Fear Leaders. Tickets are $12 at the door.

CRAFT MAFIA: An LA Craft Mafia Meet Up is scheduled for 7 pm tonight at That Yarn Store in Eagle Rock. For $20, you’ll get a knitting lesson, needles, yarn and the satisfaction of supporting a small, local business. And if you already know how to knit and just want to come for the company, you’re more than welcome to join in for free. Just bring along a snack or beverage to share at the knitting party.

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LEARNING: Mixergy brings together a panel discussion tonight around the topic, “Learn to build a better Internet company” at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. Experts will discuss better search engine optimization, branding, social media and widgets. Audience tickets are sold out, but you can still participate by bringing your Web site up and letting the panel give you feedback. It’s a free event that begins at 7 pm tonight.

BEERFEST: Yes, Labor Day is around the corner and before you know it, summer will be gone. Finito. Done. And so will the Japanese beer garden at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Little Tokyo. Tonight from 5-9 pm, the hotel offers German, Japanese and American beers and munchies for a reasonable price on its rooftop garden.

COMEDY: Look out, it’s open “Open Mic and Showcase” night at the Laugh Factory on Sunset. Let’s face it, open mics are always crapshoots – you’ll never know whether you’ll get the next Jerry Seinfeld or a reality show reject. The “laughs” commence at 6:30 pm.

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Don't forget to check out other upcoming events on LAist's Agenda: August.