Pet Expo, fundraisers among weekend events in town




There will be walking, dancing, movie going, exercising, eating, as well as a murder mystery and pet expo this weekend in Garden City.

The 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's is scheduled for Saturday at Lee Richardson Zoo. The Alzheimer's Association event is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Alzheimer's disease is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Jan Evans, outreach coordinator of, said that oftentimes people will donate to the cause without walking.

"Sometimes, they'll walk up and say, 'I've had a family member who has been affected with Alzheimer's and they have passed away, but I still just want to help donate to the cause,'" she said.

While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness, but Evans said that people are invited to participate whether they have raised funds or not.

Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Lee Richardson Zoo, 312 Finnup Drive, with the one-mile walk starting at 4 p.m.

Evans said that while the one-mile walk is the typical length, people can walk as far as they want to.

"It's not about the length, it's about coming and joining," she said.

There also will be door prizes, and pizza will be served.

For more information, call Ruby Boller at 275-9651, Jan Evans at (316) 267-7333 or email

"People can also register online at," Evans said.

Other events this weekend include:

* The Garden City Recreation Commission is hosting its third annual Fall Festival Event, Country and Western Dance, for people with disabilities, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GCRC gym, 310 N. Sixth St.

The dress code is hats, boots and a country attitude, and food will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There also will be line dances and awards.

For more information, call 276-1200.

* The Garden City Arts offers Second Friday films, shown at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St., at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.

No admission is charged. Refreshments are available but snacks may also be brought in.

This Friday's film is about British retirees who travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold and India nevertheless slowly begin to charm them in unexpected ways. Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith star in this film.

For more information, call the library at 272-3680 or Garden City Arts at 260-9700.

* The Finney County Humane Society is hosting the Dog Jog and Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Finney County Fairgrounds Livestock Building.

The Dog Jog will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can walk one or two miles. All dogs must be on a leash. Kids age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

A pet costume contest will take place at 11:30 a.m., with the winner of the best dog and cat photo contest announced at 3:45 p.m., a donation drawing at 4 p.m. and the Kiss a Goat finale, in which John Doll, Amy Schiffelbein DeLaRosa and Amanda Herman are competing, also will take place at 4 p.m.

The event will include a silent auction, pets available for adoption, Kennel Club demos, Garden City Police Department and Finney County Sheriff's Office K-9 demos, face painting, a cake walk, and there also will be a concession stand and area vendors on hand for the event.

For more information, contact Glenda Hopkins at 276-3102.

* The ZumbaThon "Party in Pink," to benefit breast cancer research, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Garden City Recreation Commission.

Zumba instructors from Garden City, Lakin and Ulysses will be on hand to lead participants through their favorite Zumba routines. Participants may come and go or stay for the entire event.

Refreshments will be available, door prizes will be awarded, and Party-in-Pink T-shirts will be available for purchase. DJ "Kid Broc" will be providing the music. Admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information, call Kathy White at (620) 355-1801.

* The Daughters of Isabella, Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Circle No. 781, is sponsoring a Public Square Rosary Crusade from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Park.

All are invited to participate while prayers are offered for the United States and those who reside in the United States.

The event is coordinated nationally by Tradition, Family and Property and its America Needs Fatima campaign. For more information, visit or call Cathy Brungardt at 276-3106.

* The 15th annual German supper and auction at Garden Valley Retirement Village, 1505 E. Spruce St., is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature homemade German foods and live entertainment from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entertainers will be Alice Childers on accordion and Gwyneth Frack on piano for polka time from 4:30 to 4:55 p.m.; Billy and Loretta Whitfield from Syracuse will be offering toe-tappin' time from 5 to 6:20 p.m.; and Joe and Jon Irsik will play old-time fiddle music from 6:25 to 7:30 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to buy Christmas presents for GVRV residents, Russell Child Development Center and The Alzheimer's Association.

Meal tickets may be purchased by calling 275-9651.

* Garden City Recreation Commission's fifth annual Fall Murder Mystery, "Deadly Nightcap" by Francis Durbridge, is scheduled for today through Sunday.

The play focuses on a greedy husband who plots to kill his wife and make it look like suicide. His plans are thwarted, and he ends up dead. Directed by Brian Seagraves, the hometown cast includes Melissa Gallegos, Michael Sanders, Mark McClure, Stacie Armstrong, Sara Traugott, Brian and Chevelle Thomas, Kent Sinclair, Ismael Esparza and Cayce Brown.

Performances will take place at the State Theater 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be a special "Pay-What-You-Can" preview performance at 7:30 tonight. The special preview night is designed for those who may not be able to afford the $10 tickets, but is open to all.

Tickets are on sale now and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and Arts Angels patrons. Tickets are available at the GCRC activity center, 310 N. Sixth St., from any cast and crew member or at the door.

For more information about the production, to get information on becoming an Arts Angel or to support the arts in some other way, call 276-1200, email or stop by the activity center.

* The Finney County Historical Society will host its annual fall picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Finney County 4-H Building.

The main dish, table service and drinks will be provided. Please bring one side dish to share.

Kansas Humanities Council speaker Leo Oliva will give a program entitled, "Kansas Military Forts." The presentation will examine the history of military forts in Kansas and their continuing influence in the present day. Oliva is a retired professor of history at Fort Hays State University and author of several books on frontier military history.

For more information and to make reservations, call 272-3664.

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