EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Must love dogs
Anyone who knows me knows that I really love my dog. In fact, I probably go overboard talking about Sophie sometimes, but it’s only because she’s the most spectacular 15-year-old cocker spaniel ever.
So when I heard about Bark in the Park at the Nay Aug this weekend, you can imagine that I was all ears. The celebration for dogs and their owners will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is a fundraising opportunity for animal rescue organizations to continue helping animals in need. Organizers have been working hard to create a fun-filled day. Among the activities you and your pooch will enjoy are a craft fair, demonstration, agility training, live entertainment, the Ross Park ZooMobile and more. A highlight of the day will be an appearance by author, columnist, media personality and inventor Sarah Hodgson, of Animal Planet’s When Dogs Talk. Hodgson will share pet-related stories and tips.
There will also be a canine parade where your furry friend can compete for prizes in the following categories: Mirror Image (for the dog that looks the most like his/her owner); Most Exuberant Tail Wagger; Most Unique Bark; Most Obedient; Best Dressed; and Best Performer (for the dog with the most unique trick). Registration is $5 per category you’d like to compete in, or pay $10 and compete in every category. For more information, and a complete schedule of events, visit www.barkinthepark.co.
If you love something, set it free
Speaking of creatures we love, there’s a wonderful event in honor of butterflies slated for Saturday, Sept. 15 (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 16) at Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock – a Butterfly Release Event. Celebrate the Monarch butterfly’s migration to Mexico as our winged friends are released at 12, 1 and 2 p.m. The Butterfly House will be fully released at 3 p.m. The staff at Creekside will tag the butterflies through monarchwatch.org so they can be tracked and the population can be monitored.
Of course, no party would be complete without entertainment and goodies, and this party for the butterflies is no exception. The event will also feature treats by Confections of an Artist, live music, face painting by Trading Faces and projects for the kids. For more information, visit www.creeksidegardens.com.
Save the date
If you had fun at last year’s Celtic Samhain Bonfire and Harvest Festival at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, set Sept. 19 aside for a delicious fundraiser in support of this year’s Bonfire – an Irish Whiskey Tasting. The tasting will be held at 7 p.m. at The Renaissance Center, 705 Pittston Ave., Scranton. Greg Evans, of Whiskey Dick’s, will serve as host for the evening where guests will enjoy five Irish whiskeys. Guests will also enjoy pairing cheese and chocolate, and light snacks will be on hand. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. All proceeds will support this year’s Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces on Oct. 20. For more information, contact Maureen McGuigan, Bonfire Committee Chairperson, at 815-1280 or firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you here again next week.
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