Art, entertainment and fundraising on tap this weekend




Puppies will be walked, art will be auctioned and a holiday extravaganza is on tap for Garden City this weekend.

In an effort to raise funds for canine cancer awareness, the second annual Puppy Up! Walk is scheduled to take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

"It will be at the American Legion this year," Jarindo Juno, coordinator of the event, said. "Hopefully, it's going to be bigger and better than last year. The Garden City Kennel Club is going to do an abbreviated agility courses and demonstrate, and then for $1, people can run their own dogs through it."

"2 Million Dogs," an organization founded by Luke Robinson, holds Puppy Walk fundraisers for cancer research, ever since Robinson lost his dog, Malcolm, to cancer. When Malcolm died, Robinson set out on a 2,000-mile walk with his other two dogs, Hudson and Murphy, and decided that if two dogs could walk 2,000 miles, then 2,000,000 dogs could walk for 2 miles. Ever since, Puppy Up! Walks have been held across the country.

Robinson said that the term "Puppy Up," similar to the term "Cowboy Up," is the organization's battle cry against cancer.

The fee for registering at the door is $25, but online registration for $20 is also available from now through Friday. Money raised will go toward cancer research in dogs, but the 2 Million Dogs organization also uses canine cancer research to better understand cancer in humans.

According to its website,, the organization's mission is to "discover the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research."

Registration will begin at noon at the American Legion, 405 S. Main St., with the walk starting at 2 p.m.

The event will include law enforcement dog demonstrations, vendors, a silent auction, refreshments, testimonials from cancer survivors, a DJ and other activities. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Juno at (620) 521-3948, or to register online, visit and click on walks and then scroll down to Kansas.

* Families Together, Inc. is having a Holiday Extravaganza at Fiesta Courtyard, 1810 Buffalo Jones Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The day's events will include a fashion show, holiday shopping, a silent auction, food, a visit with Santa Claus and entertainment.

For more information, contact Laurie Gerber at Families Together, Inc. at 276-6364.

* Garden City Downtown Vision is holding its fifth annual Banner Art Auction Saturday at the Clarion Inn ballroom, 1911 E. Kansas Ave. The event will feature the original artwork of 21 artists, including eight new painters new to the project.

Following the artists' reception and buffet dinner, a live auction will begin at 7 p.m. A minimum bid of $75 begins each piece with those monies being used to purchase canvases for next year's banners. Funds raised above that amount on each piece will be split between the artist and Downtown Vision.

Tickets for the event are $30 each, which includes admission to the auction, artist reception and full buffet meal. Tables for eight are available but can only be reserved by purchasing all eight tickets at once.

For more information, call Beverly Schmitz Glass at 276-0891.

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