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My hubby will be my stand-in for this event. (I’ll be at the Carver-Scott Humane Society’s Walk Fur Love event at the same time.) Come see one of us if you’re out and about with your pet.—Sid

Bring your dog, and come have FUN! Try out agility, tracking, or K9 Nose Work®, do some shopping, have someone else give your dog a bath at our Dog Wash, and much more.

If you have a dog, then you can bring it along and have a blast.

If you know someone that has a dog, then pass this along, so they can join in the fun.

If you wish you had a dog, then come out and get your fix.

For more information visit our we site http://activedogsportstraining.com/?page_id=355

Free goodie bag for the first 100 people to sign in.

Sunday May 20 from 1-4 at Carver Lake Vet Center 2201 Ventura Dr. Woodbury, MN 55125

Creek House Concerts Overlooking the beautiful Rice Creek in northwest St. Paul is Creek House, the newest best kept secret in town. Creek House is part art gallery and part sonically wonderful listening room. The musical mission at Creek House is to present the audience with the best in local and national artists playing folk, blues, roots, classical and jazz as well as storytellers, poets, and authors. Equally important is Creek House director Glenn Elvig’s desire to have every artist leave feeling that they just played the best gig of their lives. Director of sound, Marty Reynolds has put together a sound system that is second to none. Marty’s years of experience has created a room that is a sonic joy for both artist and audience.

November 11 – Lonnie Knight
A Concert for the Animals – A Benefit for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota
with special opening set by your host, Glenn Elvig

This is a special night.  I chose Lonnie to play this year’s Concert for the Animals because he inspired me to create Creek House. Lonnie has also inspired me as a player, performer and writer.  Lonnie has given so much in the Twin Cities to help other  artists get a chance to play their music on stage before an audience!  Lonnie is a well respected artist and I am honored to have him as a friend. will you please join me and pack the house… tonight we honor Lonnie… and 100% of your ticket contribution will go to help the WRC, an organization I have had the opportunity to help over the last 25 years and have been humbled to be allowed to serve on their Board of Directors for the past 3 years.  Please join us for an inspired night!

 

Big idea of the day: Creative FUNdraisers can involve kids.
Anybody old enough to remember Muscular Dystrophy Carnivals? I hosted some in my backyard to raise money for “Jerry’s Kids” back in the 1960s!Why not host your own retro-style carnival? It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. And you can charge people one entry fee (in dollars or pet food/toys/litter, etc.), or you can have them buy tickets to use at your “booths.”
THE DUCK POND: I remember we set up a wading pool with water and floated plastic ducks with numbers on their bellies and had little kids use a pole to “fish” out their duck for a prize (something small like a piece of candy or trinket from a multi-pack of toys at a dollar store will do) corresponding to the number.
CAKE WALK: We baked cookies, pies, muffins, and cakes and laid out numbers on sheets of paper in a circle on the grass (weighted with rock so they wouldn’t blow away) and had people walk around as music (the Jackson 5, as I recall, was a favorite) played (on a portable 8-track player) and when it stopped, participants froze at the number they were at. Someone in charge drew a number from a hat and whoever was on the corresponding number on the ground won his/her choice of the baked goods.
SPORTS: We played competitive bocce games, badminton, volleyball, kickball, etc. Go with whatever games you think will appeal to the kids’ age range in your neighborhood.
SCAVENGER HUNT: Send kids out in teams to locate a list of oddball items. Instead of going into strangers’ homes, however, you can make the list be unique, readily identifiable items on the houses themselves or in the front yards of houses on your block. Just have the teams find the items listed and record the address where they spotted it in order to get credit. For instance, you could have written “A pair of concrete lions” and they’d jot the number of the house where these sat out alongside the front steps in a blank next to it. You get the idea. They’re still having to hunt, but there will be no lugging back the items or involving neighbors who value their privacy. The team that gets the most items correctly noted in an allotted amount of time wins.
TALENT SHOW: Get everyone involved displaying their virtuosity on the harmonica, magic acts, song-and-dance routines, puppet shows, outstanding stupid human tricks, etc.
Why have I taken you on this sentimental journey into my fund-raising past? I want to urge you and/or your kids/students/younger relatives/neighbors organize to host a backyard (or National Night Out Block Club) carnival for all their friends—with a wide variety of games, relays, contests, cake walks, lemonade stands, etc.—to raise $$ and/or pet food donations for The Pet Project! All donations go to providing pet food and products to families in need through local food shelves. Help people keep their beloved animal friends with them throughout this recession and other unforeseen life changes such as the owners’ illness or disability. Shelters and rescues are flooding over with pets who, while not neglected or abused, are being surrendered by anguished owners who can’t afford their upkeep.

Kids are often passionate about pets. Why not nurture their generosity and creativity and get them involved in this worthy cause—and have a FUNtabluous time, too? Please, please, please send me any photos or stories of your fund-raising efforts for the Pet Project and I’ll post about it here and on my Facebook Fan Page! Heck, send in a video of your event to fellow animal-lover Ellen Degeneres and get a national trend going! —Sid

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The Pet Project is designed to help people keep their pets by offering food to those who are struggling. The Pet Project is working to expand these services to include assistance in finding housing with a pet and basic veterinary care.

Here I am dancing with my hubby at our Geezer Gala—’50s Sock Hop & Alzheimer’s Fundraiser. We teach beginning social dance through Two Right Feet Dance, where our motto is “Forget Fred & Ginger—We’ll have you dancing like Fred & Wilma in no time!”

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