Busy slate for April Second Saturdays event

NAPPANEE — The theme for the next Embrace Second Saturdays April 9 is “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.” Free activities will be offered throughout the city for all ages, and for those with or without pets.
The day will offer pet-related activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nappanee Dog Park Pet Expo fundraiser at Westside Park.
“It’s an event for families to come out and bring their pets for a day of fun and learning, and to help us build a park for man’s best friend,” said Tiffany Egendoerfer, committee chairman for the Pet Expo.
Visitors are welcome to bring animals on leashes or in pet carriers and participate in numerous pet contests, photo opportunities and more. Vendors will be on hand with displays and pet products and services for sale. Those in attendance can also view demonstrations offered by Michiana Search Dogs, Joshica’s Planet K-9 and Nappanee Police Officer Brad Balasa with his K-9 “Hess.”
An auction and raffle will be offered with all proceeds benefiting the Nappanee Dog Park being built near the entrance to McCormick Creek Golf Course and the Nappanee Nature Center. Also, pet adoptions will be made possible during the Pet Expo through local rescue and shelter groups present during the event.
A tractor pulling a wagon will offer free rides for those traveling between downtown Nappanee and the Pet Expo at Westside Park. Donations will be accepted to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.At 12p.m., Mindy Abel, owner of Fins & Feathers, will demonstrate both wing clipping for pet birds and nail trimming for domestic canines inside her store.
Meanwhile, inside Coppes Commons, several forms of live entertainment will be offered.
Dave Haycraft will offer guitar and vocal entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. He is scheduled to play a variety of rock, country, blues, pop and jazz music from the 1950s-’70s. Haycraft will also be accompanied by a second artist playing dulcimer music.
Children will have the opportunity to help burst open fish piñatas, and enjoy the candy which spills out. The piñatas will be broken open at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
The Nappanee Bakery & Treat Shoppe inside Coppes Commons will provide ingredients needed to make either dog biscuits for canines, or “people cookies” for creators without dogs.
At Nappanee Public Library, children can create their own animal mask from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterwards they, and their adult chaperones, can cross the street to Graber’s Flooring Studio, where everyone wearing an animal mask will receive a “Puppy Chow Treat” designed for human consumption.
For viewing entertainment, Nappanee Theater, will offer free viewings of “Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A vacant downtown lot adjacent to John’s Butcher Shop will be the location for a live sheep-shearing demonstration and a petting zoo featuring animals connected to the coming Easter holiday. Dale Culp will perform the 20-minute shearing activities at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. As he demonstrates, Culp will explain to audiences what happens to the wool once it is taken from the animals.
Animal Grams Petting Zoo will host an Easter Pet Jamboree in the same location.
Visitors will get to see chicks, bunnies, ducks, goats and lambs. Kids can have a photo taken with the animal of their choice for $3.
All ages are invited to tour Amish Acres.
Children can tour for free with every paid adult.
For more information, log onto www.EmbraceSecondSaturdays.com or call the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce at 574-773-7812.

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