Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Upcoming Events

Huff Run 5K "Run for the Watershed"
By Chris Tomazic, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

Lace your running shoes and limber-up your muscles, the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership will host a 5K run/walk on August 19, as a part of the Mineral City Party in the Park.

The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership (HRWRP) is a community-based group that works to improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat within the Huff Run watershed. The 14.1 square mile watershed is polluted from coal mining, sewage, illegal dumps and oil and gas extraction. The Run/Walk will benefit pollution control and reduction projects as well as HRWRP's youth outreach programs, the Environmental Learning Outreach Program and the Environmental Explorers Club. Both of these programs strive to create a greater sense of sustainability within the watershed.

Race day, Saturday, August 19, is also the "Mineral City Party in the Park." It will feature, live music, vendors, food, games, a car show, a small petting zoo, a kiddie tractor pull and other events.

Registration and start/finish of the races are at the Mineral City Park on the corner of St. Rt. 800 and Grant Street. The 5K course is relatively flat and parallels Huff Run for much of the race. The Fun Run is a mile long course along the same route as the 5K run.

Awards will be given to overall winners and placing racers in each age category (8 categories by age). The first 40 participants to register receive a free t-shirt. Entry fees are $10 for individuals, $20 for families and $50 for teams.

Registration begins at 6 in the evening. The 5K starts at 7 p.m. and the walk at 7:10. Registration forms may be sent in by mail before race day. Forms may be downloaded at www.huffrun.org/5K_registration_2007.pdf. View pictures from last year's race at www.huffrun.org/5K.html.

For more information about HRWRP, visit www.huffrun.org or call 330-859-1050.

Run for the water, run for the fish and the bugs, run for Huff Run!

The Dog Days of Summer" Dog Show in Stewart
Submitted by Emily Beveridge, AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Federal Valley Resource Center

The Dog Days of Summer Show is the first dog show to be held at Federal Valley Resource Center, located in Stewart, Ohio. (10 miles from Athens). It is a fundraiser, and all proceeds from the show will benefit the Center. The show will be held on August 18 from noon-5pm, and is open to all dogs including mixed breeds.

Competition will include a conformation show, with 4 different weight classes of dogs, and will conclude with a “best in show.” Audience members will then vote for winners of a “Best Trick” competition, and a “Puppy Pageant” for dogs under 6 months old. A free feast provided by Purple Chop Stix (Athens, Ohio) will be available for both dogs and people after competition is over. Awards and door prizes will be presented afterwards. Adoptable dogs and puppies from area shelters, including The Athens County Dog Shelter, Camelot, and Avalon, will be available for public viewing and adoption in the gym.

To enter fill out a registration sheet and send along with $5 entry fee to: PO 118 Stewart Ohio, 45778, or email Emily Beveridge at ew277002@ohio.edu for online registration, or call Emily Beveridge at 740-707-7208 to fill out entry form over the phone. Entry fee can also be collected the day of the competition. If mailing, please call Emily to confirm entry.

Please note that your dog must have be up to date with a rabies vaccine. If you can, please bring documentation of this with you the day of the show.

All registered dogs and handlers must arrive at the Federal Valley Resource Center by 12 PM to receive their numbers. Competition will begin at 1PM. Dogs who have not pre-registered can compete, for a $7 entry fee.

Calendar of Events

07/25 - Sunday Creek Public Meeting, 6:30 p.m. potluck, Burr Oak State Park beach area. An evening of games, swimming, canoeing, fishing and socializing. For more info contact Emily Boyer.

07/26 - Chesterhill Produce Auction, 4 p.m., contact Tom Redfern at 740-767-4938 for info.

07/27 - Tree ID Hike (Tentative), 12:30 potluck with hike to follow, led by Dave Schatz, call Elise George at 740-767-4938 to confirm.

07/27 - Middleport Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m., contact Tom Redfern at 740-767-4938 for info.

07/30 - Economic Vitilization Learning Circle Meeting (Rural Renewal Strategy), 7 p.m., Federal Valley Resource Center. For directions call Nancy at 740-662-5605. For more info (including notes form the last meeting) contact Elise George.

07/31 - Volunteer Action, Habitat for Humanity (Women's building group), 10:06 to 10:36 a.m., 970AM

----August----

08/02 - Chesterhill Produce Auction, 4 p.m., contact Tom Redfern at 740-767-4938 for info.

08/03 - Middleport Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m., contact Tom Redfern at 740-767-4938 for info.

08/06 to 08/10 - Sunday Creek Watershed Daycamp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Altheirs Park (in Corning), contact Emily Boyer for more info.

08/07 - Volunteer Action, Business of Art Project, 10:06 to 10:36 a.m., 970AM

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