Four-legged fundraiser set for Saturday
By SCOTT AUST
Dog lovers and those with a hankering for German food will find a full day Saturday in Garden City.
The Dog Jog and Pet Expo 2013 begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 405 S. Main St., and will feature a variety of activities.
"This is our major fundraiser for the year. We do it every year, but we have changed our location this year and hope people will find us," Nancy Garhart, Finney County Humane Society board member, said.
In previous years, the event was held at the fairgrounds in the stock barns.
Registration for the Dog Jog, which is a one- or two-mile dog walk, is at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. from the American Legion parking lot. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A $10 donation for the event includes a free T-shirt and a donation drawing ticket.
Other activities through the day include a pet costume contest at 11 a.m., a kennel club demonstration at 1 p.m., and a demonstration by police K-9 unit dogs at 3 p.m. A prize drawing will be held at 4 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Kid's Corner will be set up with games and activities for children. The event also includes a day-long silent auction, concession stand, cupcake walk for kids, face painting, vendor booths and the opportunity to meet adoptable dogs and cats.
Proceeds from the Expo go toward helping sick and injured shelter animals and defraying rescue transport costs.
"It costs us at least $200 to $300 to take 15 to 20 dogs to rescues out of town and out of state, and we try to do one to two each month," Garhart said. "This is definitely for the animals. We are all volunteers, so there are no paid personnel or anything. We're going to have some great silent auction gifts. Everybody has been so generous this year and we have some beautiful things. The public has been very supportive of us."
Other events this weekend include:
* The 16th annual German supper at Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St., is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
The menu will include chicken borscht, smoked sausage, bierocks, vereneka with sausage gravy or caramel sauce, seasoned green beans, homemade sauerkraut, zwiebach, choisca moos, pluma moos, pfefferneusse and homemade pies.
The entertainment will feature vocalist Cindy Smith Dial from 4:30 to 5:25 p.m.; toe-tappin' favorites with Billy and Loretta Whitfield of Syracuse from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m.; and old-time fiddle music with Garden City brothers Joe and Jon Irsik from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
With a $20 donation, your name will be placed in a drawing for a four-night stay at a log home in Florissant, Colo.
Meal tickets are $15 for adults (free for age 5 and younger) and may be purchased by calling 275-9651. They also may be purchased at the door, but reservations are preferred to guarantee meals are available. All proceeds from the event will be used for the benefit of GVRV residents and local charities.
* On Saturday, the Neighborhood Improvement Project will be finishing the garden at East Garden Village and conducting a cleanup in the area. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the office at East Garden Village. Please wear gloves and appropriate clothing. If possible, bring rakes, shovels and other tools that you may have for gardening. Contact SRO Montez at 276-1300 with any questions.
* The Second Friday Films series at Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St., will feature the 1974 comedy, "Young Frankenstein," starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman. Films are shown at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. Admission is free, and refreshments are available. For more information, call the library at 272-3680, or Garden City Arts at 260-9700.
* Daughters of Isabella Our Lady of Perpetual Help Circle 781 invites the public to attend a Public Square Rosary Crusade at noon Saturday in Stevens Park to pray for the nation and religious freedoms.